Energy, Agriculture, Finance

Perspectives 2016/2017

The leading publication in development investments

Cashew processing, geothermics, used car leasing and financial literacy: responsAbility’s annual publication takes a trip through the investment universe and shows how and why development investments work.

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With investments valued at USD 3 million and partnerships with 522 organisations over 95 countries and 4 continents, the responsAbility universe is constantly expanding.

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Perspectives 2016/17 is a comprehensive account of the development investments in the current responsAbility portfolio.

Perspectives 2016/17 is a comprehensive account of the development investments in the current responsAbility portfolio.

Perspectives 2016/17 is a comprehensive account of the development investments in the current responsAbility portfolio.

Perspectives 2016/17 is a comprehensive account of the development investments in the current responsAbility portfolio.

The 2016/2017 edition begins an overview of how responsAbility was started, an interview with CEO Rochus Mommartz and an insight into the organization’s unique investment approach captures the attractive opportunities offered by rapidly growing economies. 

 

“Nothing is more powerful than hundreds of millions of people who want to move forward.”

Klaus Tischhauser, Co-founder of responsibility

 

Perspectives 2016/2017 looks at seven main areas:

  • Prospecting and sourcing
  • Screening and initial assessment
  • Due diligence
  • Analysis and decision
  • Investment
  • Monitoring and reporting
  • Reinvestment or exit

Sourcing attractive investments

Perspectives_Bonnieux_03_kl_1.jpg “Anyone who wants to invest in non-listed small and medium-sized businesses in developing countries requires specific expertise and a network of local contacts.”

Gaëlle Bonnieux

Expanding agricultural investments

Gaëlle Bonnieux has been selectively expanding responsAbility’s range of agricultural investments around the globe since 2011. With growth rates of 200% between 2013 and 2015, the sector is attracting strong interest from investors.

In 2010, 1% of responsAbility’s assets under management were invested in Africa. The figure now stands at more than 12%.

responsAbility initially provided financing mainly to coffee cooperatives in Latin America. Expansion of the team means that responsAbility’s investment activities now span new regions, new types of companies and new agricultural commodities.

As well as cooperatives, investees include private companies that provide products and services to farmers or process and sell their produce.

17 responsAbility investment specialists based in 5 regional offices focus on attracting the best companies as partners for financing.

As none of the 114 companies responsAbility works with in the agricultural sector are listed on the stock market, responsAbility’s investment specialists perform additional analyses.

The team allows two days for the on-site due diligence carried out before every investment decision.

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Read more about how responsAbility sources prospects in Perspectives 2016/17

Read more about how responsAbility sources prospects in Perspectives 2016/17

Read more about how responsAbility sources prospects in Perspectives 2016/17

Read more about how responsAbility sources prospects in Perspectives 2016/17

Screening and initial assessment

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Analysis for Africa

A few years ago, investments in Africa were mainly focused on microfinance. Now energy and agriculture are the industries experiencing the strongest growth.

Five future topics have significant potential: healthcare, education, water and sanitation, housing, and information technology.

More than just financing

The Nairobi team offers two main services to investors:

  • identification and pre-selection of companies in the investment universe
  • analysis of companies that are potential candidates for financing

And five key services to investees:

  • financing
  • assessments
  • benchmarking
  • networking
  • consulting

Due diligence

Perspectives 2016/17 demonstrates due diligence with a case study on Falcon Coffees.

Falcon Coffees helps growers access markets, capital, and expertise. It focuses on helping farmers boost their household income by achieving increased productivity and cost efficiency.

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Konrad Brits, Founder and CEO of Falcon Coffees

 

Konrad Brits began his career in the coffee business in Africa. In 2000, he moved to the UK and, in 2008, established Falcon Coffees, which now employs 19 people.

responsAbility has been managing investments in Falcon Coffees by one of the investment vehicles it manages since 2013.

Effective partnership

Coffee growers and other local participants in the supply chain who work with Falcon Coffees run their businesses more profitably. Since current coffee prices barely cover the costs of production, the positive effects of these improvements are more powerful.

Falcon is growing rapidly and has set its sights on new markets. This growth creates the need for efficient financing solutions in the future.

Demand for coffee is set to rise significantly predominantly due to the rapid growth of the middle classes in many developing countries and emerging economies: this new middle class is drinking more coffee and prefers higher-quality grades.

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Read more about Falcon Coffees and the responsAbility Universe in Perspectives 2016/17

Read more about Falcon Coffees and the responsAbility Universe in Perspectives 2016/17

Read more about Falcon Coffees and the responsAbility Universe in Perspectives 2016/17

Read more about Falcon Coffees and the responsAbility Universe in Perspectives 2016/17

responsAbility Investments AG is not an investor and does neither provide direct nor indirect financing. The mentioned investments in the specific markets, countries, companies, institutions, instruments, or sectors are exclusively transacted by the investment vehicles managed or advised by responsAbility Investments AG.

Past Performance is not a guarantee or indicator of current or future performance.