Company name: Horizon Equity Partners
Contact number: +27 11 502 6940
Postal address: Suite 228, Private Bag X9, Benmore, 2010
Physical address: Two Commerce Square, 39 Rivonia Road, Sandhurst, Sandton, 2196
One of South Africa’s longest established private equity firms, with an investment track record in the country dating back to 1992, Horizon Equity Partners is widely recognised as a leading provider of development and buyout capital to small and medium sized enterprises. Key executives have collectively initiated and managed over 50 private equity investments and the firm has invested in over 30 companies, many of which have been profitably exited, including a number of successful JSE listings.
We invest amounts from R10m to R100m into privately held South African companies at most stages of the development cycle, from early stage through to pre-listing, including management buy-outs. We are also able to organise and lead syndications with other venture capital firms for larger investments.
Our approach is business-centric, not transaction-centric. We believe that company value is built primarily through business growth and we will only invest in those businesses where we are confident of being able to add real value and to help achieve this.
We seek long-term partnerships with the companies in which we invest, sharing the same risks and rewards as other shareholders for time frames of several years or more.
In general, Horizon Equity Partners invests as a minority shareholder and will take majority positions only in special cases. We view each investment as a partnership with management, and will require executive management to own a significant shareholding.
Personal chemistry is another important part of our philosophy. In general, the same personnel that initiate an investment by Horizon Equity Partners will be responsible for that investment throughout its life. This encourages strong, stable relationships, built on trust and mutual respect, to be developed with a company’s management team.
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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