In 2016, CDC invested $15 million in Growth Catalyst Partners LLC, as an anchor investor, alongside a commercial investor, raising a total fund size of $88 million. We made a follow-on commitment of $5 million in 2017.
Lack of access to finance is a major barrier to India's economic growth.
Our investment enables the fund manager to partner with entrepreneurs and companies across a wide range of sectors to build sustainable growth. This includes providing finance and working capital to enable India's small and medium sized businesses, including rural smallholders and agribusinesses, to modernise and expand.
The fund aims to help create or secure over 22,000 jobs, and 30 per cent of the project will finance social sectors in disadvantaged areas in India, particularly in the poorest states in the North.
This includes providing access to affordable housing finance and investing in affordable healthcare. This will have a direct impact on reducing poverty.
Lok Capital also provides strategic, managerial and technical assistance to portfolio companies.
Current investments include small finance banks Utkarsh Micro Finance and Suryoday Small Finance Bank; milk procurement and processing company HR Food; and specialist diabetes care clinics, Dr. Mohan's.
Our investment has also attracted other investors to the fund, including commercial investors, as the fund manager expands its investor base beyond DFIs.
Environmental and social aspects
The fund manager has a well-established approach to E&S management and we will continue to support and monitor its approach as the portfolio grows.
Since 2012, we’ve only invested in Africa and South Asia. Investments outside these regions are from our pre-2012 portfolio.
- South Asia
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.
- Financial services, Food and agriculture, Health
- Investment type
We provide capital in three broad ways: direct equity, debt, and intermediated equity (principally through investment funds).
- Intermediated investment
- Fund manager:
- Lok Capital
- 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
- April 2016
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.
Investments made by this fund
|Investment name||Country||Region||Sector||Start date||Status|
Suryoday Small Finance Bank Limited
Suryoday Small Finance Bank Limited is based in Mumbai with over 215 branches in 7 states across India and over 750,000 customers. It offers group, individual, SME and home loans.
|India||South Asia||Financial services||September 2010||Active|
Based in Uttar Pradesh, Utkarsh is a small finance bank which provides financial services to the under-served low-income rural and urban population in north and east India. It started operating back in September 2009, and provides group loans, micro, small and medium enterprise (MSME) loans, housing loans and savings accounts to the unbanked population in its heartland.
|India||South Asia||Financial services||June 2011||Active|
The company sources, processes and markets milk and milk products, primarily in Ranchi and neearby districts in India
|India||South Asia||Food and agriculture||October 2013||Active|
Veritas Finance Private Limited
Founded in 2015, Veritas Finance is an Indian financial services firm, based in Chennai. It lends to over 12,000 micro, small and medium-sized enterprise (MSME) customers in rural and semi-urban areas. It provides these businesses with small individual loans for working capital and business expansion. Veritas currently operates more than 100 branches across Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Karnataka, West Bengal and Odisha.
|India||South Asia||Financial services||March 2016||Active|
Ummeed Housing Finance Pvt Ltd
Housing finance company for lower & middle income Indian families.
|India||South Asia||Financial services||September 2016||Active|
|Dr Mohan’s Diabetes Specialities Centre (DMDSC)||India||South Asia||Health||April 2017||Active|
|Mintifi||India||South Asia||Financial services||September 2017||Active|
|Use Kiwi Info Labs (AffordPlan)||March 2018||Active|
Akshayakalpa is the first organic milk brand in India. The company manufactures, markets and sells organic milk, and organic milk products
|India||South Asia||Food and agriculture||September 2019||Active|
RenewBuy is an Indian health and motor insurance online comparison platform.
|India||South Asia||Other consumer services||September 2019||Active|