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The promise and obstacles facing private equity investment in Africa






Private equity investment might provide some exciting opportunities for your business, but it also comes with a number of challenges. Private equity is capital that is put into a new or growing business in return for part ownership of the business and a share of its profits. Private equity investors don’t typically want to be permanently involved in a business – they will step in for a few years and then exit by selling back their shares to the business, along with a return investment.

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High Growth Markets magazine – Unleashing Africa’s potential

Ways private equity firms can genuinely add value











As previously highlighted, private equity returns continue to outstrip quoted shares and it is certain that operational improvement in portfolio companies is a key component of value creation. Of our sample, 63% had been involved with a private equity-backed business which was subsequently sold and, of these, 77% had been sold for a profit.

According to the survey, the most important contributors to the value uplift were operational improvements and sales growth. Leverage and growth through acquisitions were much less important; highlighting perhaps the reality of the more difficult funding climate.

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