Our Investment Focus

We primarily focus on expansion capital, replacement capital, and turnaround funding for businesses with a proven business concept and real growth opportunities, rather than on venture capital / start-up funding. As such, we look to invest in companies that are already cash generative and dividend yielding. We avoid capital intensive sectors such as mining and primary agriculture, as well as any industry we consider to be harmful.

Whilst we are essentially sector agnostic and target a range of market sectors, we do have an affinity for the following two sectors:

Financial Services

SAAD started as a private equity player in the financial services industry and it remains a key focus area for the group (all the key individuals of SAAD have occupied senior executive positions in listed financial services companies). Investments are primarily made via our subsidiary SAAD Financial Holdings of which outside shareholders currently own 43%. Additional shareholders will be accommodated as required to sustain the exceptional growth achieved to date.

Agribusiness / Food and Water Security

We regard this sector as very strategic for the future. Our experience in this sector includes milling, specialist fruit products, health snacks, dairy, and food processing.

Our Current Investee Companies

Acorn Agri & Food is a leading South African vertically integrated agriculture and food group with a hundred-year legacy. Our divisions comprise of Agri Inputs and Services, Agri Inputs: Fuel, Fresh Fruit, Food Processing, and Health Foods. We operate nationally. Our entrepreneurial team possesses a unique combination of operational and investment experience in the agricultural and food sectors that results in a highly professional and sophisticated approach.

Compass Medical Waste Services is fully equipped to manage the ‘cradle to grave’ process of healthcare risk waste containment, transportation, treatment, and disposal. Established in 1998, our expert advice and solution-orientated approach give our customers the peace of mind that they have partnered with the right service provider.

SAAD Investment Management also manages LIV Equity’s (a joint venture between LIV Village and Tree of Life BEE Foundation) investment in DB Schenker Logistics Campus MEA – the latter carries, as its primary focus, the responsibility to contribute towards strengthening the skills and competence of resources in the logistics industry in Africa and the Middle East and ensuring the availability of critical competence to the industry.

Future Media Group (“FMG”) is a media and technology company based in South Africa. FMG specialises in developing digital tools for corporate and sports organisations and has a full-service solution for each of its technology offerings on PubHub, a Content Experience Platform (CXP).

The Grassroots Group is a growing niche agri-processing company that has been supplying local and international markets with quality natural, health, and lifestyle products at competitive prices for more than 22 years. We are dedicated to providing world-class quality and service in relationship and trust-driven trade partnerships. This strategy has seen the group grow rapidly, from humble beginnings into the successful, passionate, and vibrant business it is today.

INOVO offers contact centres a flexible way to service, sell to, or collect from customers, across any channel – all with a view to transforming the customer experience, saving costs, and driving efficiency and profitability. Through a collaborative approach, the company provides award-winning technology, solutions and professional services that deliver better, measurable results.

Pargo facilitates accessible, affordable, and reliable delivery of parcels through a tech-enabled network of parcel pick-up points, which aims to solve the $100bn last-mile logistics challenge in Africa.

Guided and braced by the hand of God, our purpose is both simple and enormously complex: to improve the quality of life in Africa, through infrastructure development. Launched in 1983, the Power Group is one of South Africa’s largest privately owned construction companies, with offices in Cape Town, Port Elizabeth and Centurion.

As a boutique asset manager, THINK.CAPITAL has provided clients with alternative investment solutions since 2014. We strive to impart an appreciation for hedge funds as an alternative source of investment returns through education, skilled risk management, and growth of invested capital.

True South Actuaries and Consultants is a 100% black-owned (level 1 BEE) consultancy that was born at the start of 2001 and has since become one of the largest, independent providers in the region. Their clients include major life and non-life insurers, reinsurers, government insurance schemes, and large motor-manufacturing brands.