Actis said Tuesday it has opened an office in Mexico City. Actis focuses on emerging markets with investments in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Other Actis offices are located in Sao Paulo, Cairo, Beijing, Mumbai, Johannesburg, London, Nairobi, Delhi, New York, Lagos and Singapore
México, D.F. June 9, 2015 – Actis, a leading pan-emerging market investor, today opens an office in Mexico City, its 12thoffice globally. This opening reinforces the Firm’s leading position in the energy sector in Latin America and allows Actis to capitalise on the many other opportunities in the region. As the second largest economy in Latin America and currently undergoing extensive reform of its energy market, Mexico is a compelling market for investment in the power sector.
Actis has an established track record in Latin America, with investments in the energy, education, financial services and consumer industries. To date, it has invested over US$1.2bn across the region, representing 16% of Actis’ capital, of which over 50% has been in the energy sector.
Last year, building on 15 years’ experience of investing in the Latin American energy sector, Actis established Zuma Energia, a Mexican wind platform that is targeting over 500 MW of installed capacity in the country. This is the fourth renewable energy business that Actis has established in Latin America and the sixth globally, reflecting both high demand growth for electricity and the increasing competitiveness of renewable energy in emerging markets. The first wind business that Actis built in the region was Globeleq MesoAmerica, the leading renewable energy business in Central America, today with a total installed capacity of 373MW. Actis expects to put 1.5GW of wind assets into operation globally over the next 3 years.
Michael Harrington, Head of the Mexico office, said: “Mexico is a scale OECD market and a cornerstone to Latin America, as such it is an important market for Actis to have presence as a dedicated emerging markets investor. We see particular promise in the energy sector due to the size and expected growth of the opportunity. The recent reforms add momentum to our investment thesis and we see future promise in other sectors as well.”
The Mexico office is located in Av. Paseo de la Reforma 115-601, Colonia Lomas de Chapultepec.
Actis invests exclusively in the emerging markets with a growing portfolio of investments in Asia, Africa and Latin America; it currently has US$7.6 billion funds under management. Combining the expertise of over 90 investment professionals on the ground in nine countries, Actis identifies investment opportunities in three asset classes: private equity, energy and real estate.
Since 2002 Actis has deployed in excess of US$1.6 billion in 30 energy assets in power generation and electricity distribution assets, providing 65 million people with access to electricity. It operates under the highest standards of environmental, social and governance standards in the industry and helped the UN define the code for responsible investing. Actis is proud to actively and positively grow the value of those companies in which it invests and in so doing, contribute to broader society.
This 12th office globally cements Actis’ presence in Mexico and further expands its footprint in the region. Actis’s other offices are located in Sao Paulo, Cairo, Beijing, Mumbai, Johannesburg, London, Nairobi, Delhi, New York, Lagos and Singapore.
Actis in the Energy sector
Actis has invested in 14.5GW of generation globally over the last 13 years, delivering electricity to 65m consumers, and investing c. US$1.6bn. Over 50% of Actis’s Energy exposure is in Latin America.
In the renewable sector, Actis, through its investee companies, currently owns 524MW of renewable energy generation assets in operation across seven countries; with 1.1 GW in construction. By the end of 2016, Actis’s wind and solar platforms are expected to reach an installed capacity of 3.3GW across nine countries and the team will have built five new long term and sustainable renewable energy businesses that will each be leaders in their respective regional markets.