ManoCap is an investment and advisory firm focused on building businesses in Africa.Scroll
Building on that experience we now focus on two things: growing our portfolio of investments and advising others (development finance institutions, fund managers, corporations and development institutions) on how to invest their capital.
Today, our objective is to build our portfolio organically, while identifying new opportunities to put money to work. We are looking for investments with the following characteristics:
- Operating in sectors that we understand and where we can add value
- Businesses with high growth potential and a significant competitive advantage
- Management teams we know and trust
- Businesses where we can maximise our stake
- Pricing that reflects a significant margin of safety
Our aim is to maximise returns to investors while taking as little risk as possible. In frontier markets, crisis is the norm. We look to work with businesses that are robust enough to thrive in such an environment, and work with managers with the integrity and ability to be effective in both good times and bad.
We do this because we believe that businesses have a significant impact in improving peoples’ lives – either by creating jobs or providing goods and services that are needed by the poor.
For impact investors and private equity funds, we offer deal origination and transaction advisory services:
Market analysisMapping sectors, macro trends and stakeholders
Pipeline developmentIdentifying firms with strong growth potential
Investment analysisModelling growth projections, conducting due diligence
Risk advisoryCounter-party and macro risks assessments
For SMEs and corporates in Africa, we offer investment readiness preparation services:
ValuationFinancial model development, financial analysis
Investment strategy and structuringSourcing investors, developing term sheets, negotiations support
Business development strategyClient introductions, accessing new markets, finance and operations advisory
…we believe that businesses in frontier markets can deliver strong returns while having a positive development impact
Tom is the Chairman of ManoCap and has been living and working in West Africa since 2004. Over the past years, he has assessed opportunities and executed investments in a range of sectors, including financial services, agriculture and energy. Tom previously worked for Lansdowne Partners, a UK based hedge fund manager focusing on UK equities, and as a management consultant for Marakon Associates in London, New York, Amsterdam and Mexico, focused primarily on the financial services sector.
He holds an M.Phil in Development Studies from Cambridge University and a BA in Human Sciences from Oxford University.
Johannes has 6+ years’ experience advising institutional investors, donors and multinationals on risks and opportunities in the financial services, mining, oil and gas, agriculture and telecommunications sectors. He previously worked at a leading London-based risk management consultancy, where he conducted due diligence and market entry studies for major financial institutions, corporations and investment funds. Earlier in his career Johannes worked on a range of foreign and security policy issues in the UK, including as Foreign and Defence Affairs Researcher in the Liberal Democrats Policy and Research Unit.
Johannes holds an MA in Conflict, Security and Development from King’s College London and a BA in History from University College London.
Daniel has over 10 years’ experience in the technology and financial services sectors. Based in Ghana, he is a Director of ManoCap and the Managing Director of Splash Mobile Technologies. Before moving to West Africa, Daniel was an investment banker with Barclays Capital in New York, where he worked on M&A, restructuring and large debt and equity transactions for power and energy sector clients. Earlier in his career, Daniel gained extensive start-up experience during three years as an engineer with Nexant, a venture capital-backed firm that has grown to become a leading provider of energy technology solutions and advisory services in North America.
Daniel holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BS in Electrical Engineering from Union College, NY.
Over the last 10 years our investments have provided over 60% of the fish sold in Sierra Leone (fish makes up 80% of the protein intake of the country), enabled payments to health care workers during the Ebola outbreak and facilitated the establishment of new agricultural projects. All of the businesses in which we invest must have a positive impact in the countries in which they work
In addition, over the last 10 years, ManoCap has established two charities that work in areas in which our team has a strong personal interest.
The Welbodi Partnership is focused on improving child and maternal health in Sierra Leone. Having worked directly with the Ola During Children’s Hospital in Freetown, Sierra Leone since 2007, the Welbodi Partnership now also supports a range of activities in the Princess Margaret Maternity Hospital in Freetown as well as community outreach programmes to improve health seeking behaviours in the poorest urban areas of the city.
The Freetown Foundation provides direct support to the arts in Sierra Leone. Our objective is to support the creation of long-term employment in the arts through skills workshops and by organising the annual Freetown Music Festival to showcase local talent.
The Freetown Foundation provides direct support to the arts in Sierra Leone. Our objective is to support the creation of long term employment in the arts through skills workshops and by organising the annual Freetown Music Festival to showcase local talent.