Ethos Mid Market Fund I

Investment criteria

Ethos Mid Market I
VINTAGE YEAR:
2016
CAPITAL RAISED:
R2.5bn
FUND STATUS:
Currently investing
Ethos Mid Market I
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In 2016, Ethos launched our inaugural mid-market private equity fund.

Ethos Mid Market Fund I successfully closed fundraising in 2018, with commitments of just over R2.5 billion.

The Fund seeks to make investments of between R100 million and R350 million, predominantly in mid-market leveraged buyout transactions. This is a part of the market in which Ethos has a proven track record through Ethos Funds III and IV.

Importantly, the Fund is BEE-majority owned and will be able to participate in deals as the BEE Partner. Ethos believes that the combination of significant empowerment credentials and strong execution capabilities will give the Fund a distinct competitive advantage.

The Ethos Mid Market Fund is led by Edward Pitsi – Managing Partner.  Sonja De Bruyn is the Chairman of the Ethos Mid Market Fund I investment committee.

Autozone
Eazi Access
Echo
Gammatek
Kevro
MTN Zakhele Futhi
Synerlytic Group (formally part of Torre Industries)
Twinsaver

The Fund’s core strategy is to make mid market leverage buyout transactions of between R100 million and R350 million, where the Fund will seek to be the lead shareholder. Ethos Mid Market targets high growth potential companies that are often not optimally capitalised, leveraging Ethos’ proven value add and operational transformation skills. The Fund anticipates at least 50% of capital to be deployed in this strategy.

Secondly, in certain cases, the Mid Market Fund seeks to co-invest with Ethos Buyout Funds as their BEE-shareholding partner, leveraging the existing knowledge and skill of the Buyout investment teams.

Lastly, the Mid Market Fund co-invests in certain special investment opportunities, where the Fund feels it can leverage its BEE credentials. Having pioneered BEE transactions in the context of South African private equity, Ethos continues to be a leader in successfully structuring and executing these investments, which is a significant deal sourcing and competitive advantage. Ethos completed the country’s first ever private equity-based BEE deal (Kagiso Publishers in 1994). Continuing this strong tradition, 63% of the investments in Fund V and 67% of Fund VI have had BEE participation.