Our Investment Focus

We primarily focus on providing expansion and replacement capital for businesses with a proven business concept and real growth opportunities and therefore do not look to provide angel funding and/or seed capital to start-up ventures. As such, we look to invest in capital-light companies that are already cash generative and avoid capital intensive sectors, such as mining and primary agriculture, as well as any industry we consider to be harmful. We also provide mezzanine debt funding to select businesses, but typically don’t provide such financing in the absence of an equity stake.

Whilst we are essentially sector agnostic and target a range of market sectors, we do have an affinity for financial services – it being the industry in which SAAD started as a private equity player. It remains a key focus area for the group today (practically all the members of our core team have occupied senior executive positions in listed financial services companies).

Our Current Investee Companies include

Acorn Agri & Food is a leading South African vertically integrated agriculture and food group with a hundred-year legacy. Its divisions comprise of Agri Inputs and Services, Agri Inputs: Fuel, Fresh Fruit, Food Processing, and Health Foods.

Agventure is Africa’s leading agrifood tech group. They invest in privately-owned agrifood companies with the potential to transform the African agrifood sector due to their innovative technology and dynamic entrepreneurship. They are more than an investor – they become a partner and assist investee companies to build their businesses and expand cross Africa.

Compass Medical Waste Services is fully equipped to manage the end to end process of healthcare risk waste containment, transportation, treatment, and disposal. Established in 1998, its expert advice and solution-orientated approach give their customers the peace of mind that they have partnered with the right service provider.

The Computer Mania Group is a privately held information technology business tracing its origins back to the early 90s.  Operating in 32 premium shopping malls and on three separate eCommerce platforms, Computer Mania is the largest independent retailer of technology in Southern Africa.

SAAD Investment Management also manages LIV Equity’s (a joint venture between LIV Village and Tree of Life BEE Foundation) investment in DB Schenker Logistics Campus MEA – the latter carries, as its primary focus, the responsibility to contribute towards strengthening the skills and competence of resources in the logistics industry in Africa and the Middle East and ensuring the availability of critical competence to the industry.

The Grassroots Group is a niche agri-processing company that has been supplying local and international markets with quality natural, health, and lifestyle products at competitive prices for more than 22 years. It is dedicated to providing world-class quality and service in relationship and trust-driven trade partnerships. This strategy has seen the group grow rapidly, from humble beginnings into the successful, passionate, and vibrant business it is today.

INOVO offers contact centres a flexible way to service, sell to, or collect from customers, across any channel – all with a view to transforming the customer experience, saving costs, and driving efficiency and profitability. Through a collaborative approach, the company provides award-winning technology, solutions and professional services that deliver better, measurable results.

Jobjack provides a marketplace for entry-level jobs – an online platform connecting employers and job seekers. Its aim is to make the process of filling entry-level vacancies more efficient and cost-effective for both the employer and job seeker.

Mettle is a specialist financial services company whose business units include credit services, debtors finance, medical finance, sponsor services, and corporate and specialised finance. Mettle is also a shareholder of Incatorque (Pty) Ltd, a fintech company whose flagship product G-PAY offers unique payment solutions.

Pargo facilitates accessible, affordable, and reliable delivery of parcels through a tech-enabled network of parcel pick-up points, which aims to solve the $100bn last-mile logistics challenge in Africa.

The Power Group’s purpose is both simple and enormously complex: to improve the quality of life in Africa, through infrastructure development. Launched in 1983, the Power Group is one of South Africa’s largest privately owned construction companies, with offices in Cape Town, Port Elizabeth and Centurion.

Tafelberg Furnishers was founded in 1963 and is one of the biggest independent retailers in the Western Cape, with branches in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal. Over the years they’ve established partnerships with some of the leading audio and visual, home appliance, furniture, and bedding brands in South Africa.

As a boutique asset manager, THINK.CAPITAL has provided clients with alternative investment solutions since 2014. It strives to impart an appreciation for hedge funds as an alternative source of investment returns through education, skilled risk management, and growth of invested capital.

True South Actuaries and Consultants is a 100% black-owned (level 1 BEE) consultancy that was born at the start of 2001 and has since become one of the largest, independent providers in the region. Their clients include major life and non-life insurers, reinsurers, government insurance schemes, and large motor-manufacturing brands.

Westcor, founded by Malcolm Westmore, is a niche market leader that works with the best retailers in South Africa to help them create, manage, and expand their accessory categories, which include sunglasses, watches, kids’ jewellery, readers, headwear, etc.