EMMF I acquires stake in SA based corporate Internet Service Provider, Echo
Ethos Mid Market Fund I has acquire a 31% equity stake in South African-based corporate Internet Service Provider, Echo.
Arshad Essa, Ethos partner, said: “We are investing behind Echo’s market penetration drive into South Africa, where the business already provides best-of-breed network solutions to an increasingly diversified client base.”
“Our partnership model means that – together with the Echo team — we can focus on rapidly augmenting Echo’s platform, which delivers some of the fastest and most seamless solutions available in the local market. Together, we see opportunities to refine Echo’s South African operations, while growing sub-Saharan prospects. We are aligned on the strategic vision and excited to contribute to Echo’s next phase of growth,” he said.
Founded in 2010, Echo provides Global ISP Services via a multi-carrier converged network, to simplify the complexity of aggregating infrastructure for its clients.
Angus MacRobert, Echo Executive Chairman, added: “Beyond relevant and meaningful BEE credentials, we believe that the Ethos mid-market team brings world-class investment and commercial expertise to Echo. Throughout the analysis and diligence process, I’ve been impressed by the team’s growth mindset and long-term thinking. We have a shared vision for Echo and I believe we’ve chosen the best business partners for growth.”
The transaction is not subject to any outstanding regulatory approvals or conditions precedent.
The Ethos Mid Market Fund I was launched in 2016.
EMMF I seeks to make investments into high-growth potential companies where it believes it can create sustainable value by actively optimising strategy, operations and capital structures in partnership with management.
Current EMMF I investments are: Autozone, Twinsaver, Eazi Access, MTN Zakhele Futhi and Kevro.
Echo marks sixth investment in the Ethos Mid Market Fund in just over a year.
Stuart Mackenzie, Ethos CEO, said: “Echo sits squarely within our strategy of investing into businesses where we can accelerate growth. We are encouraged by the number of quality opportunities we are assessing and pleased with the momentum of our capital deployment.”
“The Mid Market Fund represents a unique combination of proven institutional investing and value-adding capacity, coupled with sustainable black economic empowerment solutions and transformational impact,” he said. Source: Africa Global Funds