Actis Emerging Markets Fund 3 LP

South Africa, China, India, Indonesia, Egypt, Brazil, Democratic Republic of Congo, Guatemala Manufacturing, Education, Communications and IT Services, Others, Other consumer services, Financial services, Infrastructure, Health, Business services

Actis is a leading investor in growth markets across Africa, Asia and Latin America. Its three separate investment groups focus on energy and infrastructure; real estate; and general sectors, including consumer, education, financial services, healthcare, industrial, manufacturing, and retail.

Actis was formed in 2004 following a restructuring of CDC designed to bring more equity capital into developing countries and the two organisations have a shared history.

The London-based firm has offices across Africa, Asia and Latin America.

This investment was made under a previous strategy. We disclose information on all our current investments, but narrative information on our pre-2012 investments, when we introduced a new strategy, may be limited.

Key facts


Since 2012, we’ve only invested in Africa and South Asia. Investments outside these regions are from our pre-2012 portfolio.

Rest of the World

We have seven priority sectors. However, we continue to invest outside these sectors, largely in the most challenging regions, as new investment supporting any sector helps to underpin the private sector, and create jobs and livelihoods for people. For funds, the sectors listed here are those the fund has invested in so far.

Business services, Communications and IT Services, Education, Financial services, Health, Infrastructure, Manufacturing, Other consumer services, Others
Investment type

We provide capital in three broad ways: direct equity, debt, and intermediated equity (principally through investment funds).

Intermediated investment
Fund manager:
Actis LLP
Start date

For direct investments, this is the date CDC committed capital to the business or project.

For funds, this is the date that CDC committed capital to the fund.

For underlying fund investments, this is the date that the fund invested capital into the business.e

December 2007

For direct investments, this is the total amount that CDC has committed to the business or project (it may be a combination of equity and debt).

For funds, this is the total amount that CDC has committed to the fund.


This is the investee company’s place of incorporation; or a fund’s jurisdiction.

United Kingdom

Investments made by this fund

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  • Exited
Investment name Country Region Sector Start date Status
Actom (Formerly Alstom Electrical Industries Plc)

Actom is a South African electrical engineering, manufacturing, distributing and contracting company for the power sector.

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South Africa Africa, Southern Africa Manufacturing August 2008 Active
Vlisco BV

Vlisco BV is a market leader in ethnic fabric manufacturing with a portfolio of brands in Africa.

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Africa Manufacturing September 2010 Active
Companhia Sulamericana de Distribuicao (Evora)

Companhia is a regional supermarket chain of Parana. It has 28 stores in 11 cities in the states of Parana and Mato Grosso do Sul.

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Brazil Rest of the World Manufacturing September 2010 Active

SuperMax manufactures shaving products. It has a dominant market position in India in double-edged blades.

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India South Asia Manufacturing February 2011 Active
Tracker Connect Proprietary Limited

Tracker is South Africa s largest vehicle tracking company and the market leader in the stolen vehicle recovery segment.

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South Africa Africa, Southern Africa Manufacturing October 2011 Active