The Abraaj Group has accumulated more than two decades of investment experience in global growth markets across five regions. Our typical equity transactions range between US$ 20 million and US$ 100 million.
Over the past ten years we have made over 140 investments, giving us significant breadth and reach. We have applied the learnings from these investments to identify and follow global best practices and to hone our portfolio management and investment skills.
Our private equity investment strategy is to acquire controlling or significant interests with board representation in stable, mature, well-managed businesses. We create value in these businesses through operational improvements, management incentives, optimization of capital structure and the use of leverage. Where appropriate, we focus on a ‘buy and build’ strategy and believe in investing in businesses that will maximize shareholder value through strong operational growth and substantial capital appreciation. Our ultimate objective is to realize value through structured exits to strategic and trade buyers or onto public markets in the region and beyond, within a three to five-year investment horizon.
Our investment professionals take primary responsibility for execution. Stable investment teams on the ground have strong local knowledge, boosted by support from central management and regional hubs. As such, we have an unrivaled global platform with a unique skill to scale up businesses along a South-South corridor, supported by our Value Creation Plans, standards and growth tools for each of our partner companies across the investment lifecycle.
The skills and knowledge of our professionals are further complemented by specialist external advisors and consultants, who are retained to assist in the evaluation and execution processes. Our focus on quality permeates every aspect of our business, especially our investment approach. In developing a deep network of contacts and business relationships, we seek to identify high-quality investment opportunities on a proprietary basis. We then work to identify, assess and mitigate the risks.
We seek firms with sustainable competitive advantage and strong brands with potential for consolidation. Through our active ownership model, we aim to influence the strategic direction of partner companies to help them achieve their potential, nurturing company earnings growth as the main driver of returns. Our philosophy in each of our target markets is simple: to scale up businesses through our global reach, adding value at all stages from screening and due diligence to post investment and exit planning, and effective risk mitigation.
Funds managed by the Group have made over 140 investments across 10 sectors
The Group creates sustainable value in sectors including consumer, energy, financials, healthcare and utilities.
The Group’s current partner companies include industry leaders such as Acurio, a leading Peruvian restaurant group; Hepsiburada, the largest e-commerce player in Turkey; KPN Academy, a Thailand based multi-educational group focused primarily on the K-12 segment; Libstar, one of the largest unlisted food and personal care manufacturers in South Africa and North Africa Hospital Holdings Group, a healthcare roll up platform, built by acquiring standalone hospitals in the region.
Yörsan has been manufacturing branded dairy products in Turkey for over 50 years, during which time it has built high brand recognition and loyalty and has a market leading position in the higher value dairy segments. Yörsan has a strong portfolio of products covering all the main dairy categories of yoghurt, cheese, milk and the traditional Turkish drink - ayran. Yörsan’s dedication to high quality products, its modern production facility in Susurluk and its pan-national distribution network makes it one of the best positioned dairy manufacturers in the fast growing Turkish dairy industry.
Cinco Millas Group is a leading Peruvian restaurant operator within the gastronomy sector. Since forming in 1994, the company has successfully launched casual and fine-casual restaurant concepts to serve specific market niches, and each brand has its own identity. It is the only Peruvian restaurant operator serving national cuisine with an organization capable of operating internationally through multi-brand concepts. The company operates 32 restaurants around the world, either directly or indirectly.