Company name: Business Partners
Contact telephone number: 0861 763 346
Postal address: P.O.Box 7780, Johanneburg, 2000
Physical address: 5 Wellington Road, Parktown, Johannesburg
Website address: www.businesspartners.co.za
Business Partners Limited is a specialist risk finance company for formal small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in South Africa, and selected African countries. The company actively supports entrepreneurial growth by providing financing, specialist sectoral knowledge and added-value services for viable small and medium businesses.
Deals are structured using equity, shareholders’ loan accounts, royalties and term loans or any combination of these. Business Partners has developed a range of proprietal financing models that offer entrepreneurs maximum flexibility to suit their specific needs.
Applications for finance are assessed on the viability of a business, which comprises two important elements:
- the business and
- the entrepreneur
The business evaluation includes matters such as the product or service and its market acceptability, market size, the gearing of the business, and its ability to exist and grow, as well as the business’s history, the stage of its development and medium- to long-term profit potential, technical aspects and the location of the business.
In evaluating the entrepreneur, aspects such the ability to run a successful business on sound business principles, integrity, drive, vision and appropriate experience, are considered.
Business Partners considers financing applications up to R20 million in all sectors of the economy — with the exception of on-lending activities, direct farming operations, underground mining and non-profit organisations — to those formal small and medium businesses whose gross assets are under R100 million, where annual turnover does not exceed R200 million and/or employees are less than 500 in number.
Applications for financing below R500 000 are usually not considered; and the company does not operate in the informal or micro enterprise sectors.
Alpha Capital Trust
Alpha Capital’s strategy is to invest in, and actively manage, significant shareholdings in a diverse portfolio of carefully qualified assets.
Company name: Alpha Capital
Contact number: +27 21 683 1354
Postal address: The Terraces, 5th Floor, 25 Protea Road, Claremont, Cape Town, 7708
Physical address: As above
Alpha Company profile
Alpha Capital (Pty) Ltd (“Alpha Capital”) manages the Alpha Capital Trust which is a vested trust, holding various investments. Each entity within which a strategic investment is made, is an independent legal entity, with its own executive management, on which an Alpha Capital executive is generally represented. There are no cross shareholdings, although certain trust assets may be used to collateralise debt on other trust assets. Debt may also be employed at the trust level to manage liquidity and/or enhance the return on equity to investors.
Alpha Capital’s strategy is to invest in, and actively manage, significant shareholdings in a diverse portfolio of carefully qualified assets. Our investment universe consists of private and public companies, property and real assets. We do not seek operational involvement, but prefer to partner with strong management teams who demonstrate specialised industry knowledge and skills, and who have significant financial exposure to their own companies. We believe that the best managers think like and are owners. We do however seek active strategic input in the business, and where possible, will have an Alpha Capital executive represented at board level. The entry price is a fundamental consideration as we must have a high conviction that there is significant scope for good value creation over the medium to long-term. We also recognize that the deal you don’t do, can be as important as the deal you do.
It is AMB Capital’s philosophy to partner empowerment groupings so that they may become established players in the South African economy
Company name: AMB Capital
Contact number: +27 11 666 7300
Postal address: PO Box 786833,Sandton, 2196
Physical address: 135 Daisy Street,Sandown
Website address: www.amb.co.za
AMB Capital is a specialist, integrated investment banking business with a track record in providing innovative financial solutions and identifying attractive investment opportunities through its advisory and risk taking activities. These activities comprise corporate finance, principal investing, private equity, specialised fund management, property and proprietary trading. Through a combination of its brand positioning, its intellectual capital and its diversified network of relationships, AMB Capital has over the past 11 years built a reputation as an entrepreneurial and competitive South African financial services company.
Please see the AMB Capital website for details on the funding and how to apply.
As part of a balanced investment strategy, Aureos has developed a diversified portfolio of high performance emerging market private equity funds and our first generation funds achieve top quartile returns.
Company name: Aureos Capital
Contact number: +27 11 884 2066
Physical address: 2nd Floor, Fountain Chambers, Sandown Village, Corner Maude & Gwen Street, Sandton, 2146
Aureos Capital is a leading global manager of SME private equity funds. First generation regional funds under management include the Aureos East Africa Fund, the Aureos Southern African Fund and the Aureos West Africa Fund. Through offices across the continent, Aureos can assist businesses wanting to expand locally or across Africa. The fund looks to take significant equity stakes in SME’s with strong management and good potential.
As part of a balanced investment strategy, Aureos has developed a diversified portfolio of high performance emerging market private equity funds and our first generation funds achieve top quartile returns. Our main investment sectors are financial services, general services, construction & engineering, manufacturing, FMCG and TMT (telecoms/media/IT), which together account for around three quarters of Aureos committed capital.
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