Addax & Oryx Group Ltd. granted an exclusivity agreement to Emerging Capital Partners LLC for the sale of its supply, storage and distribution business division.
The division includes the Geneva-based Addax trading unit and the Oryx downstream oil and gas businesses that’s present in 22 African countries. The agreement was made on Feb. 16, Karen Saddler, a spokeswoman for the firm, said in a phone interview today. She declined to give details on the size of the business.
Addax & Oryx was founded in 1987 by Jean Claude Gandur and currently employs about 800 people. Gandur was raised in Egypt before becoming a Swiss citizen and serving as a diplomatic representative for African countries. His company sold Addax Petroleum to China’s Sinopec Group in 2009.
The upstream Oryx petroleum business, a separate bioenergy division and real-estate investments remain part of the privately-held company’s portfolio.
ECP is a Washington-based private equity group that focuses on investing in Africa.