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Mediterrania Capital Partners appoints Rajaa Berrkia as Director of Sustainability

27-02-2020. Malta. Mediterrania Capital Partners, the Private Equity firm focused on growth investments for SMEs and mid-cap companies in North and Sub-Saharan Africa, announces the appointment of Rajaa Berrkia as Director of Sustainability. Rajaa Berrkia joined Mediterrania Capital Partners as...

Mediterrania Capital Partners appoints Rajaa Berrkia as Director of Sustainability

27-02-2020. Malta. Mediterrania Capital Partners, the Private Equity firm focused on growth investments for SMEs and mid-cap companies in North and Sub-Saharan Africa, announces the appointment of Rajaa Berrkia as Director of Sustainability.

Rajaa Berrkia joined Mediterrania Capital Partners as Analyst in 2009. Two years later, she was promoted to Associate where she handled financial modelling, initial due diligence for investment opportunities and potential add-on acquisitions, as well as assisting with the management and monitoring of portfolio companies, sourcing deals and structuring processes. In 2016, Rajaa became Operations Director, assuming responsibility for operational and financial reporting, oversight of accounting and regulatory compliance and reporting of funds under management and portfolio companies.

As Director of Sustainability, Rajaa will be coordinating, implementing and providing strategic supervision of Mediterrania Capital Partners’ impact investing process and research. She will focus on the environmental and social performance of Mediterrania Capital Partners’ investments to build companies that are more resilient, more innovative, more environmentally friendly and better able to deliver societal benefits.

Rajaa Berrkia, Director of Sustainability, said: “Since Mediterrania Capital began operations, we have focused on environmental issues, social responsibility and governance factors, and have realised that you don’t need to sacrifice financial returns to build ESG-compliant companies. Developing practical alternatives that have a direct and measurable impact on the African communities and economies is not only possible but becoming crucial in today’s world.”

Private Equity firms around the world are increasingly interested in defining and implementing business strategies intended to have a positive impact on investee countries. This trend is especially strong in emerging markets such as Africa, where Mediterrania Capital Partners has been present since 2008. These emerging markets have considerable – and growing – needs for high-level education, quality healthcare, low-cost financial services, modern infrastructures and much more. This demand creates compelling business opportunities, and PE firms with an ESG-specific investment strategy can have a huge impact.

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Mediterrania Capital Partners’ portfolio EBITDA grows 25% YOY

24-02-2020. Malta. Mediterrania Capital Partners, the Private Equity firm focused on growth investments for SMEs and mid-cap companies in North and Sub-Saharan Africa, announces that its portfolio companies managed by MC II and MC III funds achieved 25% EBITDA year-on-year...

Mediterrania Capital Partners’ portfolio EBITDA grows 25% YOY

24-02-2020. Malta. Mediterrania Capital Partners, the Private Equity firm focused on growth investments for SMEs and mid-cap companies in North and Sub-Saharan Africa, announces that its portfolio companies managed by MC II and MC III funds achieved 25% EBITDA year-on-year growth up to the end of 2019, reaching over €1 billion in aggregated annual revenues.

Operating since 2015, MC II holds stakes in the following companies:

– Cash Plus: operating through almost 1,900 points-of-sale, Cash Plus is the leading company in Morocco offering quick and efficient solutions for money transfers.

  • – C.E.C.I.: Moroccan group of companies specialising in truck body manufacture, truck and bus assembly and spare parts sales.

– Cieptal Cars: Algerian leader in long-term car rental services. The company also covers other segments such as car transportation, drivers’ services and car maintenance services.

– Groupe Scolaire René Descartes: private educational institution specialising in providing French and Tunisian programmes based in Tunisia. GSRD received the officially recognition by the French Ministry of National Education and is a partner of the Agency for French Education Abroad (AEFE).

– Indigo Company: distributor of 12 leading apparel brands from major retail corporations, including French Jennyfer and Spanish Inditex and Mango. The group currently operates 112 stores covering approximately 50,000 sqm of total sales area and has more than 2,200 employees, 41% of whom are female.

– Medtech Group: Morocco’s leading IT system integrator incorporating solutions from Oracle, Microsoft, NCR, Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco, EMC and IBM.

– Randa: leader in Tunisia in pasta manufacturing and distribution.

– Université Privée de Marrakech (UPM): one of the leading private higher-education providers in Morocco and Senegal offering MBAs, Masters and PhDs in French and English to more than 8,000 students.

Launched in 2017, MC III has invested in the following companies:

– Akdital Holding: the largest private clinic in Morocco owning five clinics located in greater Casablanca with a total of 550 beds.

– Aziza: the fastest growing supermarket chain in Tunisia. With more than 2,300 employees, the company operates 250 shops and holds a total 70,000 sqm of sales area.

– Cairo Scan: leading private provider of medical imaging services and diagnostics in Egypt that operates though 19 centers in Cairo and Giza.

– Groupe Cofina: leading meso-finance institution in West and Central Africa with operations in Senegal, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea Conakry, Gabon, Mali and Congo Brazzaville. The company manages more than 135,000 clients and employs 1,000 people.

– TGCC: Travaux Généraux de Construction de Casablanca (TGCC) is the leading general contractor specialising in construction and public works in Morocco and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Albert Alsina, Mediterrania Capital Partners’ Founder and CEO, said: “We are extremely pleased with the 2019 performance of our portfolio. Thanks to the right implementation of our value creation model, we continue to help MC II and MC III’s companies develop and expand their business in a sustainable and socially responsible manner, building the required foundations for long-term growth.”

Besides the purely financial aspect, Mediterrania Capital Partners is focusing on the ESG impact that its funds and portfolio companies are having on the communities and economies of African countries. In that sense, Mediterrania Capital Partners has incorporated ESG issues into its investment analysis, decision-making processes and overall management of its funds and portfolio.

Every year, Mediterrania reports its progress against the UN’s SDG goals – annual reports can be downloaded from www.mcapitalp.com.

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Mediterrania Capital Partners is granted the EU’s AIFM Licence by the Malta Financial Services Authority (MFSA)

19-02-2020. Malta. Mediterrania Capital Partners, the Private Equity firm focused on growth investments for SMEs and mid-cap companies in North and Sub-Saharan Africa, announces that it has been granted an AIFM (Alternative Investment Fund Manager) Licence under the Directive 2011/61/EU...

Mediterrania Capital Partners is granted the EU’s AIFM Licence by the Malta Financial Services Authority (MFSA)

19-02-2020. Malta. Mediterrania Capital Partners, the Private Equity firm focused on growth investments for SMEs and mid-cap companies in North and Sub-Saharan Africa, announces that it has been granted an AIFM (Alternative Investment Fund Manager) Licence under the Directive 2011/61/EU by the MFSA (Malta Financial Services Authority).

Thanks to its AIFM Licence, Mediterrania Capital Partners is now legally allowed to manage Investment Funds in any country across the European Union. Alongside the EU’s AIFM Licence, Mediterrania Capital Partners has also received a Spanish “Passport” under which it can manage and commercialise its investment funds in Spain.

The Directive 2011/61/EU on Alternative Investment Fund Managers specifies several requirements for Fund Managers applying for a Licence. These requirements are intended to cater for an internal market for AIFMs and provide a harmonised and stringent regulatory and supervisory framework for the activities of all AIFMs within the European Union.

Established in Malta in 2013, Mediterrania Capital Partners has always advocated clear and strong governance within all its group companies, funds and portfolio companies. Since it began operations, the Private Equity firm has conducted its business and investments under strict governance processes that ensure lasting foundations, financial transparency and governance best practices across all its related companies.

Albert Alsina, Mediterrania Capital Partners’ Founder and CEO, said: “We are very pleased to have been granted the EU’s AIFM Licence by the MFSA. Now we can expand Mediterrania Capital’s scope with new investors and continue to support entrepreneurs in Africa, creating value and having a positive impact across the continent through our investments.”

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Mediterrania Capital III invests in Akdital Holding, the biggest private clinic business in Morocco, to support its expansion plans

27-11-2019. Malta/Casablanca. Mediterrania Capital Partners, the Private Equity firm focused on growth investments for SMEs and mid-cap companies in North and Sub-Saharan Africa, announces its investment in Akdital Holding, which operates five clinics in Greater Casablanca, with the objective of...

Mediterrania Capital III invests in Akdital Holding, the biggest private clinic business in Morocco, to support its expansion plans

27-11-2019. Malta/Casablanca. Mediterrania Capital Partners, the Private Equity firm focused on growth investments for SMEs and mid-cap companies in North and Sub-Saharan Africa, announces its investment in Akdital Holding, which operates five clinics in Greater Casablanca, with the objective of supporting its expansion plans.

The completion of MC III’s investment in Akdital Holding is pending regulatory approval.

Founded in 2011 by Dr Rochdi Talib, Akdital began operations with the Jerrada Clinic in Casablanca which holds 100 beds. Later, the group put in place an expansion strategy that led to the opening of four additional clinics in the Casablanca area between July 2018 and October 2019. In that period, Akidtal opened two multidisciplinary clinics in Ain Borja and Ain Sebaa, plus one clinic specialising in oncology and another specialising in cardiology. Akdital also owns a structure that receives patients from Sub-Saharan Africa, Southern Europe and the MENA region. Today the group has a total capacity of 550 beds.

In recent years, the healthcare sector in Morocco has been benefiting from a new legal framework; a growing middle class with increased purchasing power and more concerned about health; an ageing population with longer life expectancy; urbanisation trends that see the population concentrated in five urban areas in Morocco where the purchasing power is the highest; and rising medical tourism that looks for skilled and affordable services and top-quality equipment and infrastructures.

Through this investment, Mediterrania Capital Partners will support Akdital in its expansion plans, which seek to fulfil the increased demand driven by positive demographics and improved economic conditions in Morocco.

This is the fifth investment by MC III, joining TGCC (Morocco), Cairo Scan (Egypt), Groupe Cofina (Côte d’Ivoire) and Aziza (Tunisia).

Hatim Ben Ahmed, Mediterrania Capital Partners’ Partner, said: “We are pleased to partner with Akdital Holding and offer our financial, strategic and operational support to sustain the group’s expansion plans. Akdital is an extremely successful company, very well positioned to fulfil the increasing demand for private medical services in Morocco. We are confident that this partnership will help improve Akdital’s foundations and consolidate its leadership while making top-quality healthcare services more accessible to a larger portion of the Moroccan population.”

Dr Rochdi Talib, Akdital Holding’s Founder and CEO, added: “The team of Mediterrania Capital quickly understood our work dynamics and business objectives and showed a solid knowledge of the healthcare sector and the market trends. Their strategic vision and hands-on, practical approach made them the perfect partner for us. We are very excited to have Mediterrania Capital on board as we continue our expansion in Morocco.”

Financial advisors for this transaction: The healthcare specialist Innova Santé, BMCE Capital Conseil, OMNIPACT and Le Centre d’Etude, de Gestion et d’Organisation.

Legal advisors for this transaction: ASAFO & Co and ALLEN & Overy.

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Albert Alsina’s work towards the development of the Mediterranean countries is recognised with a 2019 ASCAME Award

22-11-2019. Barcelona. Mediterrania Capital Partners, the Private Equity firm focused on growth investments for SMEs and mid-cap companies in North and Sub-Saharan Africa, announces that its Founder and CEO, Albert Alsina, has received an ASCAME Award recognising his leadership and...

Albert Alsina’s work towards the development of the Mediterranean countries is recognised with a 2019 ASCAME Award

22-11-2019. Barcelona. Mediterrania Capital Partners, the Private Equity firm focused on growth investments for SMEs and mid-cap companies in North and Sub-Saharan Africa, announces that its Founder and CEO, Albert Alsina, has received an ASCAME Award recognising his leadership and efforts towards the development of the Mediterranean countries.

Each year, the ASCAME Awards salute four institutions for their excellence in encouraging the economic development of the Mediterranean countries.

A 2019 ASCAME Award was handed to Albert Alsina in recognition of “his inspiring leadership at the head of Mediterrania Capital Partners and the valuable contribution of Mediterrania Capital Partners to the development of the Mediterranean private sector”.

The award was presented by Ahmed El Wakil, President of ASCAME, at the XII Mediterranean Week of Economic Leaders held in Barcelona on 21st – 23rd November 2019.

1ASCAME – Association of Mediterranean Chambers of Commerce and Industry.

About ASCAME
The Association of the Mediterranean Chambers of Commerce and Industry (ASCAME) is a non-profit international organization that represents the private sector on both sides of the Mediterranean, regrouping the Chambers of Commerce and Industry and similar entities there.

ASCAME brings together more than 300 Chambers of Commerce and Industry and defends the interests of the millions of businesses across the Mediterranean region. ASCAME is today considered the most important representative of the Mediterranean private sector.

About Mediterrania Capital Partners

Mediterrania Capital Partners is a dedicated Private Equity firm focusing on growth investments in SMEs and mid-cap companies in Africa. With offices in Abidjan, Algiers, Barcelona, Cairo, Casablanca and Valletta, Mediterrania Capital Partners takes an intensely proactive, hands-on approach to implementing its growth strategy by leading the governance of the companies and driving the key internal value creation process.

Consistent with its strategy, Mediterrania Capital Partners continues to search for SMEs with an annual turnover of €20 million to €300 million and expansion strategies into North and Sub-Saharan African markets.

Mediterrania Capital Partners is a regulated financial investment manager licensed by the Malta Financial Services Authority (MFSA) and the Financial Services Commission (FSC) in Mauritius.

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Mediterrania Capital III portfolio companies set to grow exponentially in 2019

21-10-2019. Malta/Barcelona. Mediterrania Capital Partners, the Private Equity firm focused on growth investments for SMEs and mid-cap companies in North and Sub-Saharan Africa, announces the highly positive performance of the four Mediterrania Capital III (MC III) portfolio companies: TGCC, Cairo...

Mediterrania Capital III portfolio companies set to grow exponentially in 2019

21-10-2019. Malta/Barcelona. Mediterrania Capital Partners, the Private Equity firm focused on growth investments for SMEs and mid-cap companies in North and Sub-Saharan Africa, announces the highly positive performance of the four Mediterrania Capital III (MC III) portfolio companies: TGCC, Cairo Scan, Groupe Cofina and Aziza.

2019 performance
At the end of September 2019, aggregated YTD sales of MC III’s portfolio companies amounted to €360 million, 69% up on the same period last year, while aggregated EBITDA increased by 39%. Each of the four companies is expected to achieve double- or triple- digit annual Net Income growth until the end of the year.

Albert Alsina, Mediterrania Capital Partners’ CEO and Founder, said: “We couldn’t be more pleased with the current results and financial projections of MC III’s portfolio companies. Our Value Creation model, based on a hands-on approach working closely with management to execute the companies’ business plans, is helping MC III’s portfolio reach their next level of growth. During the first three quarters of 2019, TGCC, Cairo Scan, Groupe Cofina and Aziza have performed well above market trends and are set to deliver outstanding results until the end of the year.”

Saâd Bendidi, Chairman and Partner, added: “On top of value creation, we focus on sustainability issues so, as well as helping our partner companies grow financially, we also look at improving working conditions, female employment rates and governance processes. This ensures we build resilient and responsible companies that will have a lasting impact on the communities and economies in Africa.”

Value creation with sustainable development

TGCC
Countries:
Morocco and Sub-Saharan Africa
Investment Fund: Mediterrania Capital Partners III (MC III)
Founded in 1991, TGCC is the leading general contractor specialising in construction and public works accounting for large projects that span several activity sectors such as Residential, Hospitality, Commercial, Industrial, Administrative and Infrastructure. With more than 8,000 employees, TGCC operates in both Morocco and Sub-Saharan Africa through its subsidiaries in Gabon and Côte d’Ivoire. Mediterrania Capital Partners’ deep business expertise and hands-on approach has been crucial to achieving TGCC’s ambitious expansion plans.

Watch the video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=iK_LmGJCjck&t=46s

Cairo Scan
Country: Egypt
Investment Fund: Mediterrania Capital Partners III (MC III)
Established in 1983, Cairo Scan operates as a specialised, fully integrated diagnostic and interventional imaging and medical laboratory services institution providing high-quality imaging, analytical and related services in Egypt. Through its 18 centres in Cairo and Giza, the group offers first-class medical expertise combined with the most up-to-date equipment and complemented by an exceptional level of service. Cairo Scan employs around 850 doctors and staff on a full- or part-time basis. With the support of Mediterrania Capital Partners, the company is expanding its reach into Egypt and abroad and continues to grow.

Watch the video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=-nDkL8rC5e8&t=66s

Groupe Cofina
Countries: West and Central Africa
Investment Fund: Mediterrania Capital Partners III (MC III)
Founded in 2014, Groupe Cofina is the leading meso-finance institution in West and Central Africa with more than 1,000 employees and 130,000 clients. Cofina operates across six subsidiaries and has positioned itself as the “missing middle”, particularly for entrepreneurs and SMEs who have difficulty in obtaining short and medium-term financing. With the strategic and financial support of Mediterrania Capital Partners, Cofina is improving its product range to continue supporting low-income communities in Africa.

Watch the video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=3akCArfAEIs&t=26s

Aziza
Countries: Tunisia
Investment Fund: Mediterrania Capital Partners III (MC III)
Founded in 2014, Aziza is one of the top four supermarket chains in Tunisia with 250 shops located across the country. Aziza operates over 70,000 sqm of sales area (the third largest in Tunisia) and is the fastest growing leading player in the Tunisian market. The company has achieved impressive development since 2014, delivering major turnover growth, creating the largest store network and generating more than 2,000 jobs. Working with Mediterrania Capital Partners, the company plans to continue its expansion while optimising its operations.

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About Mediterrania Capital Partners
Mediterrania Capital Partners is a dedicated Private Equity firm focusing on growth investments in SMEs and mid-cap companies in Africa. With offices in Abidjan, Algiers, Barcelona, Cairo, Casablanca and Valletta, Mediterrania Capital Partners takes an intensely proactive, hands-on approach to implementing its growth strategy by leading the governance of the companies and driving the key internal value creation process.

Consistent with its strategy, Mediterrania Capital Partners continues to search for SMEs with an annual turnover of €20 million to €300 million and expansion strategies into North and Sub-Saharan African markets.

Mediterrania Capital Partners is a regulated financial investment manager licensed by the Malta Financial Services Authority (MFSA) and the Financial Services Commission (FSC) in Mauritius.

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Mediterrania Capital Partners wins prestigious PE Africa Award 2019

16-10-2019. Malta/London. Mediterrania Capital Partners, the Private Equity firm focused on growth investments for SMEs and mid-cap companies in North and Sub-Saharan Africa, is pleased to announce that it has won the PE House of the Year Award – Special...

Mediterrania Capital Partners wins prestigious PE Africa Award 2019

16-10-2019. Malta/London. Mediterrania Capital Partners, the Private Equity firm focused on growth investments for SMEs and mid-cap companies in North and Sub-Saharan Africa, is pleased to announce that it has won the PE House of the Year Award – Special Recognition: North Africa at the Private Equity Africa Awards 2019 (PEA Awards).

This is the third consecutive year that Mediterrania Capital Partners wins the North Africa award after receiving the same recognition in 2017 and 2018. In 2016, Mediterrania Capital Partners was presented with the Portfolio Company of the Year Award for Cash Plus, one of Mediterrania Capital’s portfolio companies.

The 2019 PEA Awards received a strong number of self-entries based on 2018 achievements, which were complemented by editorial recommendations from the Private Equity Africa team and industry data. The final winners were chosen by an independent panel of leading industry professionals which included representation from CDC, FMO, Wimmer Family Office, Mbuyu Capital Partners, Avanz Capital, 27four Investment Managers, IFC and Cebile Capital.

Albert Alsina, Mediterrania Capital Partners’ CEO and Founder, said: “Winning a PE Africa award is quite an achievement. Winning for four consecutive years, with the last three being the “PE House of the Year – North Africa” award, means a huge success. We are proud that our team efforts are being recognised by the industry and extremely pleased for the investors and African entrepreneurs who have trusted our vision and strategy over the years. These awards are a great incentive for us to continue working hard, investing wisely and focusing on the financial performance of our portfolio companies while improving their governance and social processes – doing good for the businesses and people of Africa.”

Gail Mwamba, the Awards Chair and Editor of Private Equity Africa, said: “The Winners of the 2019 Private Equity Africa Awards showcase excellent standards in deal making on the continent. The selection was difficult this year, with close runners up in a number of categories. Congratulations to Mediterrania Capital Partners and we look forward to gathering again next year.”

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About Mediterrania Capital Partners
Mediterrania Capital Partners is a dedicated Private Equity firm focusing on growth investments in SMEs and mid-cap companies in Africa. With offices in Abidjan, Algiers, Barcelona, Cairo, Casablanca and Valletta, Mediterrania Capital Partners takes an intensely proactive, hands-on approach to implementing its growth strategy by leading the governance of the companies and driving the key internal value creation process.

Consistent with its strategy, Mediterrania Capital Partners continues to search for SMEs with an annual turnover of €20 million to €300 million and expansion strategies into North and Sub-Saharan African markets.

Mediterrania Capital Partners is a regulated financial investment manager licensed by the Malta Financial Services Authority (MFSA) and the Financial Services Commission (FSC) in Mauritius.

About Private Equity Africa
Private Equity Africa is a UK-based news source that focuses exclusively on Africa’s private equity industry, providing news, analysis and research. Outputs include an online portal, a newsletter, a quarterly print journal and events.
www.peafricagroup.com

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Mediterrania Capital Partners invests in Aziza and reinforces its presence in Tunisia

24-07-2019. Barcelona/Tunis. Mediterrania Capital Partners, the Private Equity firm focused on growth investments for SMEs and mid-cap companies in North Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa, announces the acquisition through its third fund, MC III, of a stake in Aziza, a private...

Mediterrania Capital Partners invests in Aziza and reinforces its presence in Tunisia

24-07-2019. Barcelona/Tunis. Mediterrania Capital Partners, the Private Equity firm focused on growth investments for SMEs and mid-cap companies in North Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa, announces the acquisition through its third fund, MC III, of a stake in Aziza, a private Tunisian company operating in the food retail sector. The transaction was achieved in partnership with Ekuity Capital, a Tunisian-Kuwaiti investment company.

Founded in 2014 by the Slama family, Aziza is one of the top 4 supermarket chains in Tunisia with 250 shops located across the country. Aziza operates over 70,000 sqm of sales area (the third largest in Tunisia) and is the fastest growing leading player in the Tunisian market. The company has achieved impressive development since 2014, delivering major turnover growth, creating the largest store network and generating more than 2,000 jobs.

Retail distribution in Tunisia is dominated by small independent traditional retailers. Modern trade penetration is significantly lower than in developed countries and other emerging ones. Aziza is expected to benefit from this transition by taking advantage of its unique Discount concept: the company focuses on capturing the middle-class customer market by offering good-quality products at low prices and next-door convenience in a simple way.

With Mediterrania Capital and Ekuity Capital investments, Aziza plans to continue its expansion, optimise its operations and enhance its performance.

Commenting on the transaction, Mr Daniel Viñas, Partner at Mediterrania Capital, said: “Aziza has developed a unique concept in the Tunisian market, proving its ability to take advantage of the food retail sector development from a traditional system into a modern distribution network. We have been impressed with the quality and capacity of Aziza’s management team and organization. Their focus and determination have allowed the business to achieve impressive growth since its creation. We firmly believe this is one of the best profiles for investment in the Tunisian market and are very excited to share this new venture with the Aziza and Ekuity Capital teams. We all share the same values and views and are fully aligned to achieve the company’s next stage of development, which will have a positive impact on both the Tunisian market and the economy.”

Mr Ghassen Slama, Founder and CEO of Aziza, added: “We are delighted to welcome Mediterrania Capital Partners and Ekuity Capital as investors in Aziza. We value the team’s deep understanding of the retail market and their hands-on approach to implementing the growth strategies of their portfolio companies. We are excited to have them on board to help us reach our expansion plans while continuing to provide high-quality products at low prices across the Aziza network in Tunisia.”

Mediterrania Capital Partners has been present in Tunisia since 2009 with six investments so far across several industry sectors including retail clothing, pasta production and distribution, education, ICT, electrical goods manufacturing and distribution, and now food retail distribution with Aziza.
This transaction marks the fourth investment of Mediterrania Capital’s third fund, MC III, after TGCC (Morocco), Cairo Scan (Egypt) and Groupe Cofina (Côte d’Ivoire).

Legal advisors for this transaction: Meziou Knani & Khlif; Finance Due Diligence: PricewaterhouseCoopers; ESG advisors: IBIS Consulting.

About Mediterrania Capital Partners
Mediterrania Capital Partners is a dedicated Private Equity firm focusing on growth investments in SMEs and mid-cap companies in Africa. With offices in Abidjan, Algiers, Barcelona, Cairo, Casablanca, and Valletta, Mediterrania Capital Partners takes an intensely proactive, hands-on approach to implementing its growth strategy by leading the governance of the companies and driving the key internal value creation process.

Consistent with its strategy, Mediterrania Capital Partners continues to search for SMEs with an equity value of €30 million to €100 million and expansion strategies into North African and Sub-Saharan African markets.

Mediterrania Capital Partners is a regulated financial investment manager licensed by the Malta Financial Services Authority (MFSA) and the Financial Services Commission (FSC) in Mauritius.

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Mediterrania Capital Partners sells significant stake in Cash Plus

02-05-2019. Casablanca/Malta. Mediterrania Capital Partners, a private equity firm focused on growth investments for SMEs in North Africa and Sub-Saharan countries, is pleased to announce the sale of a significant stake in Cash Plus, the largest independent money transfer company...

Mediterrania Capital Partners sells significant stake in Cash Plus

02-05-2019. Casablanca/Malta. Mediterrania Capital Partners, a private equity firm focused on growth investments for SMEs in North Africa and Sub-Saharan countries, is pleased to announce the sale of a significant stake in Cash Plus, the largest independent money transfer company in Morocco, to Groupe Richbond, a Moroccan industrial and property conglomerate.

Founded in 2004, Cash Plus is Morocco’s leading independent money transfer and low-income financial services provider and operates through more than 1,400 points of sale across the country. The company enables its clients to access a comprehensive portfolio of inclusive financial products through its outlets and transactional mobile application.

In 2014 Mediterrania Capital Partners entered Cash Plus’s equity by acquiring a 49% stake. During Mediterrania Capital’s four-year tenure, Cash Plus annual revenues increased by 300% while EBITDA jumped six-fold in the same period.

Mediterrania Capital supported Cash Plus’s strong expansion plans by helping the company to strengthen its presence in Morocco, which grew from 360 points of sale to more than 1,400 and added new products and services to its portfolio. Under Mediterrania Capital’s partial ownership, Cash Plus also developed its own ERP system and web-based applications for money transfer and payment services and was recently granted a payments licence by the Central Bank of Morocco.

Groupe Richbond will hold 40% in Cash Plus and benefit from the solid foundation that Cash Plus’s management and the Mediterrania Capital Partners team have built up over the past four years.

Hatim Ben Ahmed, Partner at Mediterrania Capital Partners, said: “Four years after our investment, Cash Plus has grown to become a strong company with the right basis for long-term growth. We are very pleased to have contributed to the development of a national champion in the Fintech industry in Morocco. The sale of part of our stake to Groupe Richbond fully supports Cash Plus’s future strategy in terms of product and service development and expansion continuity.”

Nabil Amar, Cash Plus Deputy CEO, said: “Mediterrania Capital has been an extremely valuable partner for the past four years. Thanks to their management expertise and financial support, we have been able to successfully integrate Eurosol (acquired in November 2015) and, improve our Strategy and HR processes. We have also implemented a strong discipline of financial reporting, becoming a results-oriented company.”

Karim Tazi, Groupe Richbond shareholder and Board Member, said: “The acquisition of a stake in Cash Plus supports our business strategy and brings high synergies with our current portfolio. After Mediterrania Capital’s partial ownership, Cash Plus is very well positioned to capture the increasing demand for financial services in Morocco.”

For further information, please contact:
Montserrat Petit
Mediterrania Capital Partners
Head of Marketing and Communications
mpetit@mcapitalp.com
+356 99 14 72 31

About Mediterrania Capital Partners
Mediterrania Capital Partners is a dedicated Private Equity firm focusing on growth investments in SMEs and mid-cap companies in Africa. With offices in Abidjan, Algiers, Barcelona, Cairo, Casablanca, and Valletta, Mediterrania Capital Partners takes an intensely proactive, hands-on approach to implementing its growth strategy by leading the governance of the companies and driving the key internal value creation process.

Consistent with its strategy, Mediterrania Capital Partners continues to search for SMEs with an equity value of €30 million to €100 million and expansion strategies into North African and Sub-Saharan African markets.

Mediterrania Capital Partners is a regulated financial investment manager licensed by the Malta Financial Services Authority (MFSA) and the Financial Services Commission (FSC) in Mauritius.

www.mcapitalp.com

About Cash Plus
Cash Plus is a Moroccan company that aims to make life easier for people by providing easy access to financial and payment services. Headquartered in Casablanca, Cash Plus specialises in national and international money transfers, prepaid credit cards and bill payments.

www.cashplus.ma

About Groupe Richbond
Founded in 1960 by the Tazi family, Groupe Richbond is a major player in the Moroccan economy. With more than 3,000 employees, the group operates 12 industrial suites and manages a distribution network of nearly 2,000 points of sale. Today it focuses on two main divisions:
– An industrial pole geared towards household consumer goods in Morocco and across Africa
– A real estate division including real estate development, hotel layout, logistics, rental property, and more recently, hotels

www.grouperichbond.ma

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Mediterrania Capital Partners wins the Regional Investor Award for the second consecutive year at the prestigious PE Africa Awards 2018

20-06-2018. Barcelona/Malta. Malta, Barcelona. Mediterrania Capital Partners, a private equity firm focused on growth investments for SMEs in North Africa and Sub-Saharan countries, is pleased to announce that it has won the “Special Recognition – PE House of the Year...

Mediterrania Capital Partners wins the Regional Investor Award for the second consecutive year at the prestigious PE Africa Awards 2018

20-06-2018. Barcelona/Malta. Malta, Barcelona. Mediterrania Capital Partners, a private equity firm focused on growth investments for SMEs in North Africa and Sub-Saharan countries, is pleased to announce that it has won the “Special Recognition – PE House of the Year – Regional Investor” at the prestigious Private Equity Africa (PEA) Awards 2018.

This is the second consecutive year that Mediterrania Capital Partners has won the North Africa Regional Investor Award at the annual PEA Awards.

The final winners were chosen by an independent panel of leading industry professionals from Proparco, Morgan Stanley, FMO, Swedfund, Hamilton Lane, Mbuyu Capital Partners, HarbourVest, IFC and Cebile Capital as well as other top industry names.

Albert Alsina, Founder and CEO of Mediterrania Capital Partners said: “In 2017, working closely alongside our partner companies and shareholders, we successfully achieved our objectives in terms of fund raising and closing, and portfolio company deals and financial and ESG performance. We also opened new offices in Cairo and Abidjan to widen our expansion into Sub-Saharan Africa. Ever since we began operations, we have adopted and maintained strong ethical and business policies and specific governance processes that are applied to our partner companies as well as to our own day-to-day business operations. The team of Mediterrania Capital Partners is highly honoured to have again been chosen to receive the Special Recognition as PE House of the Year – Regional Investor.”

Gail Mwamba, the Awards Chair and Editor of Private Equity Africa, said: “Well done to all the Winners of the 2018 Private Equity Africa Awards! The quality of all the entries we saw this year shows that Africa continues to offer immense opportunities for private equity and demonstrates the resilience of the industry. Congratulations to Mediterrania Capital Partners, and we look forward to gathering again next year.”

 

About Mediterrania Capital Partners

Managed by Albert Alsina, CEO and Founder, Mediterrania Capital Partners is a Private Equity firm focusing on growth investments in SMEs and mid-cap companies in Africa. The company started its operations in 2008 under “Fons Mediterrania Capital” and since 2013 is an independent General Partner Structure.

With offices in Abidjan, Algiers, Barcelona, Cairo, Casablanca, and Malta, Mediterrania Capital Partners takes an intensely proactive, hands-on approach to implementing its growth strategy by leading the governance of the companies and driving the key internal value creation process.

Mediterrania Capital Partners is a regulated financial investment manager licensed by the Malta Financial Services Authority (MFSA) and the Financial Services Commission (FSC) in Mauritius.

 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Mediterrania Capital Partners
Montserrat Petit, Communications Manager
mpetit@mcapitalp.com
+356 9914 7237
www.mcapitalp.com
www.linkedin.com/company/mediterrania-capital-partners

 

About Private Equity Africa

Private Equity Africa is a UK-based news source that focuses exclusively on Africa’s private equity industry, providing news, analysis and research. Outputs include an online portal, a newsletter, a quarterly printed journal and events.

www.privateequityafrica.com

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