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Investments

18

Portfolio Exits

5

Funds

6

Partners & Customers

2

About Helios Investment Partners

Helios Investment Partners is an Africa-focused private investment firm. Helios operates a family of funds and their related co-investment entities, pursuing a full range of investment types, including business formations, growth equity investments, structured investments in listed entities and large scale leveraged acquisitions across Africa.

Helios Investment Partners Headquarter Location

2nd floor, 12 Charles II Street St. James's

London, England, SW1Y 4QU,

United Kingdom

+44 207 484-7700

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Private equity firm Helios looking for deals in South Africa

Jan 25, 2022

Bloomberg 25 January 2022 Subscribe Helios Investment Partners LLP is in talks with African telecom operators and banks about ways the private-equity firm can help them cash in on their mobile-money and digital-payments platforms. Africa’s largest wireless carriers, including MTN Group Ltd, and Airtel Africa Plc, are among companies exploring how to unlock value from their multi-billion dollar fintech operations. Johannesburg-based MTN is looking to finalize plans to spin off the lucrative unit by the end of March, while Airtel brought in Mastercard Inc has a minority investor in its mobile-finance division last year. “There is a desire to carve out these businesses, and we have been in continuous dialog with such players,” Helios co-founder and managing partner Tope Lawani said in an interview, without naming specific firms. “Companies are trying to find ways of letting these units flourish and not essentially be suffocated by the traditional parts of business.” Helios is looking to take advantage of the booming digital-payments sector in Africa, where a youthful and tech-savvy population has increasing access to smartphones and affordable, high-speed internet. Traditional banking infrastructure is relatively scarce for a continent of about 1.4 billion people – a report by Stastica found that about a third has an account. Mobile phones enable those without to easily pay for goods and services. The opportunity for investment firms is therefore vast, Lawani said. Helios’s experience in the African telecom market includes founding and developing mobile-mast firm Helios Towers Plc, which expanded through acquisitions across the continent and listed in London in 2019. The investment firm is now in the process of raising a $1.25 billion fund for future deals. Energy Focus Another focus for Helios is the continent’s role in the global energy transition from fossil fuels to cleaner energy options. The company is raising $350 million for this purpose, Lawani said. “We want to help Africa to navigate this quite dangerous energy transition period that we are in,” the CEO said. “I say dangerous as pro-climate policies are not designed with continents like Africa in mind, but rather with the big polluters like the US, Europe and China. We are quite keen not to see Africa miss out on another development cycle, and we want to get these investments done.” Helios is looking for deals in South Africa, a country in the throes of a debate about a historic dependence on coal and proposals about new energy sources. “The cleaner fuels investment opportunity is particularly interesting in South Africa, and maybe some of the work that we intend to do with the new fund will enable us to deepen and increase our footprint in the country,” Lawani said.

Helios Investment Partners Investments

18 Investments

Helios Investment Partners has made 18 investments. Their latest investment was in Zola Electric as part of their Series E on September 9, 2021.

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Helios Investment Partners Investments Activity

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Date

Round

Company

Amount

New?

Co-Investors

Sources

9/23/2021

Series E

Zola Electric

$45M

No

3

6/7/2021

Line of Credit

Africell

$105M

Yes

3

12/14/2020

Private Equity

BIM - Morocco

Yes

1

9/8/2020

Series B

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$99M

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10

2/26/2020

Private Equity

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$99M

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10

Date

9/23/2021

6/7/2021

12/14/2020

9/8/2020

2/26/2020

Round

Series E

Line of Credit

Private Equity

Series B

Private Equity

Company

Zola Electric

Africell

BIM - Morocco

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Amount

$45M

$105M

$99M

$99M

New?

No

Yes

Yes

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Co-Investors

Sources

3

3

1

10

10

Helios Investment Partners Portfolio Exits

5 Portfolio Exits

Helios Investment Partners has 5 portfolio exits. Their latest portfolio exit was GBfoods Africa on September 16, 2021.

Date

Exit

Companies

Valuation
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Acquirer

Sources

9/16/2021

Acquired

3

10/15/2019

IPO

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10

8/8/2019

IPO

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$99M

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10

5/4/2018

IPO

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10

6/18/2015

Acquired

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10

Date

9/16/2021

10/15/2019

8/8/2019

5/4/2018

6/18/2015

Exit

Acquired

IPO

IPO

IPO

Acquired

Companies

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Valuation

$99M

Acquirer

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Sources

3

10

10

10

10

Helios Investment Partners Acquisitions

13 Acquisitions

Helios Investment Partners acquired 13 companies. Their latest acquisition was Binarios on August 04, 2021.

Date

Investment Stage

Companies

Valuation
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Total Funding

Note

Sources

8/4/2021

$99M

Acq - Fin

1

8/4/2021

$99M

Acq - Fin

1

8/4/2021

$99M

Acq - Fin

1

8/4/2021

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$99M

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10

6/3/2019

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$99M

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10

Date

8/4/2021

8/4/2021

8/4/2021

8/4/2021

6/3/2019

Investment Stage

Companies

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Valuation

$99M

$99M

$99M

$99M

$99M

Total Funding

Note

Acq - Fin

Acq - Fin

Acq - Fin

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Sources

1

1

1

10

10

Helios Investment Partners Fund History

6 Fund Histories

Helios Investment Partners has 6 funds, including Helios IV.

Closing Date

Fund

Fund Type

Status

Amount

Sources

12/10/2020

Helios IV

$12.25M

7

2/9/2015

Helios Investors III LP

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$99M

10

6/13/2011

Helios Investors II LP

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$99M

10

12/31/2007

Helios Investors I LP

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$99M

10

Helios Investment Partners Debt Fund

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10

Closing Date

12/10/2020

2/9/2015

6/13/2011

12/31/2007

Fund

Helios IV

Helios Investors III LP

Helios Investors II LP

Helios Investors I LP

Helios Investment Partners Debt Fund

Fund Type

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Status

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Amount

$12.25M

$99M

$99M

$99M

Sources

7

10

10

10

10

Helios Investment Partners Partners & Customers

2 Partners and customers

Helios Investment Partners has 2 strategic partners and customers. Helios Investment Partners recently partnered with InfraCo Africa on November 11, 2021.

Date

Type

Business Partner

Country

News Snippet

Sources

11/4/2021

Partner

InfraCo Africa

United Kingdom

1

12/10/2020

Partner

BIM Birlesik Magazalar

Turkey

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10

Date

11/4/2021

12/10/2020

Type

Partner

Partner

Business Partner

InfraCo Africa

BIM Birlesik Magazalar

Country

United Kingdom

Turkey

News Snippet

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Sources

1

10

Helios Investment Partners Team

4 Team Members

Helios Investment Partners has 4 team members, including current Chief Financial Officer, Paul Cunningham.

Name

Work History

Title

Status

Tope Lawani

Founder

Current

Babatunde Temitope Soyoye

Founder

Current

Paul Cunningham

Chief Financial Officer

Current

Henry Obi

Chief Operating Officer

Current

Name

Tope Lawani

Babatunde Temitope Soyoye

Paul Cunningham

Henry Obi

Work History

Title

Founder

Founder

Chief Financial Officer

Chief Operating Officer

Status

Current

Current

Current

Current

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