Mbuyu Capital opens up private markets in Africa to institutional investors by creating customised portfolios and funds to deliver financial returns for each investor across private equity, real estate and credit, diversification from existing investments and economic, social and/or environmental impact. We use a research-driven, operationally-focused, disciplined approach, integrating primary, secondary and co-investments.
Private Market Opportunities
Africa can deliver attractive financial returns:
It is a diverse continent with many high-growth economies
Domestic consumption and infrastructure investment are growing at a much higher rate than in developed markets
Demographics mean these trends are likely to continue or accelerate
The business environment is similar to other emerging markets and risks can be managed with appropriate skills and experience
There are many investible companies, allowing a wide range of portfolios to be built with bespoke financial return and impact characteristics.
Hand in hand with development impact:
Improvements in companies’ governance, social and environmental standards often represent the low-hanging fruit in improving value
Lack of products and services for the “bottom of the pyramid” creates a business opportunity as well as improving lives
Lack of infrastructure creates tremendous opportunities in energy, real estate, education and healthcare, often supported by governments, development finance institutions and large endowments through “blended finance”.
However, a disciplined investment approach, an experienced investment manager and local knowledge are an absolute must.
Photo: Baobab ("Mbuyu" in Swahili) tree near Arusha, Tanzania. The baobab absorbs and stores water in its vast trunk during the rainy season, enabling it to produce a nutrient-dense fruit in the dry season when all around is dry and arid. It is a symbol of power, strength and grace.