Catalyst Fund I

East Africa,Africa Food and agriculture, Manufacturing, Business services, Other consumer services, Financial services, Health

Catalyst Principal Partners is a Nairobi-based private equity fund manager that works across East Africa, with a primary focus on Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Ethiopia.

This is a generalist East African private equity fund.

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

Status:
Active
Region

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

:
Africa, East Africa
Countries

For funds, the countries listed here are those the fund has invested in so far.

:
Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania
Sector

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, Financial services, Food and agriculture, Health, Manufacturing, Other consumer services
Website:
https://www.catalystprincipal.com/
Investment type

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

:
Intermediated investment
Fund manager:
Catalyst Principal Partners
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 2010
Amount

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.

:
$15m
Domicile

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

:
Mauritius

Investments made by this fund

  • Active
  • Exited
Investment name Country Region Sector Start date Status
Chemi & Cotex Industries Ltd

Chemi & Cotex is a leading manufacturer and distributor of oral and personal care products in Tanzania.

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Tanzania Africa, East Africa Manufacturing February 2011 Active
Chai Bora

Chai Bora is a leading ISO certified manufacturer of Tanzanian consumer tea brands with product categories including blends, tea packs and herbal infusions (organic certified).

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Tanzania Africa, East Africa Food and agriculture December 2012 Active
Yes Brands Foods and Beverages Plc

Yes Brands is the leading manufacturer of mineral water in Ethopia. The company s products, sold under the name Yes are sourced and bottled at its manufacturing facilities near Wechecha Mountains in Sebeta, Oromia Region 25km from Addis Abab.

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Ethiopia Africa, East Africa Food and agriculture March 2013 Active
Jamii Bora Bank Ltd

Jamii Bora Bank (JBB) is a rapidly growing commercial bank in Kenya licensed by the Central Bank of Kenya, the national banking regulator.

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Kenya Africa, East Africa Financial services August 2013 Active
EFFCO

EFFCO is a medium-sized equipment rental company providing plant hire services

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Tanzania Africa, East Africa Business services December 2013 Active
Orbit Chemicals (Stellar Holdings)

A leading regional manufacturer of soaps, detergents, chemicals and cleaning solutions based in Nairobi, Kenya.

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Kenya Africa, East Africa Manufacturing October 2015 Active
Zenufa Laboratories Limited

Zenufa is the second largest manufacturer of pharmaceutical generics in Tanzania. The company was established in 1995 as an importer of pharmaceutical brands.

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Tanzania Africa, East Africa Health August 2016 Active
Kensta Group

Kensta is eastern Africa’s largest paper merchandiser and a leading supplier of print and digital solutions. The paper and print division provides an end-to-end solution of the print process – products, machinery, technology and logistical support. Recently set up subsidiaries provide ink, rubber rollers and printer equipment. The digital communication division provides integrated and constructive

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Kenya Africa, East Africa Manufacturing October 2016 Active