Our Approach

The Abraaj Group has accumulated more than two decades of investment experience in global growth markets across six regions. Our typical equity transactions range between US$ 10 million and US$ 100 million.

Over the past ten years we have made 200 investments in 50 countries, 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 People

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. 

Our Partner Companies

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 holdings in 130 partner companies across diverse markets

The Group creates sustainable value in sectors including manufacturing, education, retail, aviation, oil and gas, financial payments infrastructure, healthcare and agribusiness.

The Group’s current partner companies include industry leaders such as Network International, the largest independent payment solutions provider in the Middle East and Africa, Orca Global, a regional English-language education service provider with a dominant market position in Singapore, Libstar, one of the largest unlisted food and personal care manufacturers in South Africa, Yörsan, a leading branded dairy producer and distributor in Turkey and Acurio, a leading Peruvian restaurant group.

Featured Partner Companies