Company name: Ethos Private Equity
Contact number: +27 11 328 7400
Postal address: PO Box 9773, Johannesburg, 2000
Physical address: 35 Fricker Road, Illovo, Sandton, 2156
Website address: www.ethos.co.za
Ethos Private Equity is an empowered SA owned private equity firm, specialising in acquisitions involving management participation for medium-to-large SA buyouts, good quality growth opportunities of meaningful size and niche growth capital businesses of scale in Sub-Saharan Africa.
By evaluating dynamic business environments and investment themes, we identify opportunities for value creation and apply our time-tested approach of strategic excellence, operational efficiencies, management improvement and sustained investment.
Ethos specialises in control acquisitions, expansion and replacement capital in:
- Medium-to-large companies in South Africa that involve meaningful equity participation by management; and
- Good quality growth investments of meaningful size in South Africa and selectively in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Business Partners’ Risk Financing
Business Partners structures unique, individualised financing solutions.
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.
Capital Works Private Equity Fund
Capitalworks seeks equity or equity-related investments in middle-market companies operating principally in Southern Africa which can benefit from strategic, operational, commercial or financial initiatives. The fund’s investment strategy and philosophy is centred on building exceptional businesses, alongside leading entrepreneurs and management teams.
Company name: Capitalworks Investment Partners Pty Ltd
Contact number: +27 11301 3000
Physical address: 24 Central Building, 3rd Floor, Corner Gwen Lane & Fredman Drive, Sandown, Sandton,2196
Capital Works is an independent alternative asset management firm in SA, providing investment access and specialist solutions to its clients across a wide range of industries and investments themes in sub-Saharan Africa.
The private equity fund is an independent third party fund. This fund seeks to achieve superior returns by actively investing in a diversified portfolio of private equity or equity related investments in middle market companies that will benefit from strategic, operational, commercial or financial initiatives.
Leaf Capital: The SA Prime Property Fund
The SA Prime Property Fund is a private property investment opportunity established in 2005 by Nolands, in association with Leaf Capital.
Company name: Leaf Capital
Contact number: +27 21 425 2295
Postal address: PO Box 44302, Claremont, 7735
Physical address: 5th Floor, Protea Place, Cnr Protea Rd and Dreyer Street, Claremont, 7708
Website address: www.leafcapital.co.za
Founded by Paul Leaf-Wright and Jacqui Hathorn, Leaf Capital is a niche financial advisory practice and advises on mid to top tier transactions, serving organisations that are not traditionally serviced by the large investment banks. After the establishment of its fund management arm in 2007, Leaf Capital is able to invest third party funds. Two funds were launched, one participating in non-listed private equity investments and the other in structured finance opportunities. Leaf Capital also has an interest in the management of S.A.Prime Property Limited, a property loan stock company.
The SA Prime Property Fund is structured as a linked loan stock company with linked units that began with a par value of R10 each comprising one share of one cent each irrevocably linked to one variable-rate, subordinated, unsecured debenture of 999 cents. The combination of share and debenture form a Fund unit.
Fund units are valued quarterly by the Funds management, together with independent property valuer’s. A minimum of 90% of net income is distributed to investors on a quarterly period. Investors can elect to receive this distribution in the form of a subscription for linked units or be distributed as debenture interest.
SA Prime Property’s Redemption period is 90 days and is processed at quarter end (end of February, May, August and November). Redemption requests must be communicated with the Funds management prior to the previous quarters end.
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