The positive power of capital

Actis is a leading private equity investor in emerging markets and has been investing exclusively in these markets for nearly 60 years. We have raised over US$7.3 billion funds to date and have over 100 investment professionals in 9 offices throughout Africa, China, Latin America, South and South East Asia. In the last ten years, we have invested US$3.1billion in businesses in the emerging markets.

Actis is committed to promoting the sustainable growth of the private sector in the emerging markets. Our aim is to ensure that the capital we raise and manage makes a lasting, tangible and positive difference in the countries in which we operate by creating opportunity for the companies in which we invest as well as their stakeholders.

Actis in the emerging markets

With a 60 year history as an investor specialising in Asia, Africa and Latin America, Actis’s dedication to emerging markets helps us understand and manage risk, interpret policy and deal with regulators. It has also allowed us to establish our reputation in many of these markets which builds trust and drives deal flow. Both investee companies and investors have benefited from our knowledge and commitment over the years, with over US$3bn invested in the last ten years.

Local insight comes from local teams in all our major markets, and these teams not only drive our deal flow but provide the knowledge to tailor investment strategies to market conditions and navigate local hurdles and issues.

True to our One Firm approach, Actis behaves as a global firm that shares knowledge, people and expertise. Our platform includes global sector experts that work across our markets and provide the depth and insight required to identify and find value in investment opportunities. And our focus on responsible investment not only seeks to create long term value for investee companies and investors, it simultaneously helps the private sector deliver on its responsibility to make a positive contribution to society.

Responding to emerging market drivers

As an investor in the emerging markets, Actis’s sector approach is inevitably shaped by the evolving needs of the countries and economies in which we operate. Much of the economic growth in emerging markets can be linked to the rise in personal wealth and consumption and increased investment in domestic infrastructure. Sectors that are typically stimulated by these drivers are naturally the sectors in which Actis invests.

We focus on transactions where we can proactively work with other shareholders to create value for the benefit of all parties. Whether the transaction is an acquisition of a non-core subsidiary, the provision of growth capital for a family business or an acquisition-led sector consolidation, Actis seeks an active role in assisting and empowering management to build world class businesses.

Actis invests in three assets classes:

Private equity
Actis provides a variety of funding solutions for companies. We provide equity capital for buyout and growth transactions, typically with a minimum investment size of US$50m. We may take a controlling or a minority stake depending on the particular needs of the business shareholders and managers.

Actis invests in infrastructure businesses in Africa, Latin America and South and South East Asia. We have a particular focus on power and transport. We will invest at all stages of the project life, from providing development or expansion capital to acquiring mature operational assets.

Real Estate
Nowhere is there a stronger demand for new real estate developments than in Africa and India. Our teams of experienced real estate professionals are based in Johannesburg, Mumbai and London. We typically invest equity capital in office, residential, industrial, hotel and retail projects.

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