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Horizon Fund

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.

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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

Website: www.horizonequity.co.za

Company Profile

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.

Fund Overview

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.

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Business Partners’ Risk Financing

Business Partners structures unique, individualised financing solutions.

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Company name: Business Partners

Contact telephone number: 0861 763 346

E-mail: enquiries@businesspartners.co.za

Postal address: P.O.Box 7780, Johanneburg, 2000

Physical address: 5 Wellington Road, Parktown, Johannesburg

Website address: www.businesspartners.co.za

Company Profile

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.

Fund Overview

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.

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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.

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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

Website address:www.capitalworksip.com

Company Profile

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.

Fund Overview

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.

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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.

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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

Company profile:

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.

Fund Overview

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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