Investment Strategy

We partner with medium-sized companies in Latin America with promising growth potential, experienced management teams, and strong ESG impact.

Our investment structures are tailor made to attend the needs of specific situations by combining equity or quasi-equity instruments with amortizing mezzanine debt. We believe our level of involvement and collaboration positions us to assist our portfolio companies achieve their growth, operational, and profitability objectives in order to create and secure strategic long-term assets.

Our investment criteria include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Target experienced, yet capital-constrained owners/entrepreneurs with promising growth opportunities
  • Invest in region with compelling potential and limited competition
  • Target US dollar revenue generating companies (natural resources, exporters, tariffs…)
  • Create value with experienced investment teams
  • Structure investments attending to company needs with equity, mezzanine, or a combination of both instruments
  • Focus on environmental, social, and governance objectives
  • Help create and hold strategic assets long-term
  • Create long-term partnerships

1. Investment Themes

The following macroeconomic themes guide many of our investment decisions:

  • Increase regional trade and integration by investing in companies with potential to grow regionally. We also facilitate regional integration by investing in infrastructure that we feel will benefit all companies.
  • Be an active participant in the economic development of Latin American economies. We strive to improve the lives of our portfolio companies’ stakeholders. We aim to build sustainable and profitable companies and help to implement managerial best practices wherever applicable.
  • Take advantage of Latin America’s proximity to the United States by investing in companies with strong export potential to the United States. Our objective is to become key suppliers in the sectors in which we operate.
  • Focus on company and regional comparative advantage to compete in a globalized world.
  • Consolidate fragmented markets to increase productivity, digitalization, and bargaining power from international buyers.

2. Investment Approaches

At LAP, we work actively with a goal to make our portfolio companies best in class in their sector. We seek to provide a mix of forward strategic thinking, operational excellence, and capital for organic and external growth.

Examples of how we approach active value creation for our investments:

  • Buy and Build: Target a company with a unique comparable advantage and proven execution capacity to build a regional platform to become an international exporter. We provide and help raise capital for both organic and external growth and aim to consolidate sectors that are often atomized and unable to compete on a global scale.
  • Greenfields: When investment opportunities in particular sectors we target do not exist or are unattractive, we aim to help entrepreneurs we trust develop a business idea into leading companies.
  • Opportunistic/ Special Situations: Our flexibility to invest through the purchase of distressed debt, structured equity and direct equity investments provides interesting opportunities with struggling companies holding a strong asset base but requiring a turnaround or urgent access to capital. We also target counter cyclical investment opportunities.
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