Navis is one of the longest standing private equity groups in Southeast Asia, and has steadily expanded across the region to Australia and Hong Kong
We invest in high quality, mid-market companies with leading positions in their industry. These companies have resilient, profitable foundations, and when paired with our sector and regional expertise, are able to significantly accelerate their transition to the next level of size, sophistication and geographic scope.
We partner with companies to implement operating best practices, invest in growth initiatives and make accretive acquisitions to rapidly improve revenue, earnings and increase equity value. Such initiatives afford premium returns at exit.
The Navis Approach
Southeast Asia’s economies have outperformed the US and Europe almost continuously for 30 years in terms of GDP growth. Our senior team has been working in Asia for over 25 years, giving them a nuanced understanding of individual markets. We maintain a local presence in all of our key markets to ensure our professionals are attuned to the cultural, political and economic contexts in which they operate.
We acquire majority stakes in promising Asian companies and adopt a hands-on, partnership approach with their management teams. As a result, we consistently generate high returns through different economic cycles, driven by long-term revenue and profit growth by our portfolio companies, rather than multiple expansion, cost reduction or financial leverage.
We invest in businesses where there are multiple tangible and significant sources of added value that we can bring to the table. Deal teams work with portfolio company management teams through to exit, and work alongside our in-house Portfolio Operations team to fast-track the speed at which an improvement plan is established and implemented.
- High quality, ambitious management team
- Sustainable competitive advantage
- Growing revenues and profitability, strong margins
- Clear strategy over period of investment
- Majority share of privately owned companies
- Enterprise value of US$ 30-500 Million
- We are a generalist fund manager and are open to a multitude of industries and sectors
- Core industry verticals include consumer, healthcare, education and manufacturing
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Since inception in 2000, we have steadily expanded our operations to capture investment opportunities by building a local presence across Southeast Asia, Australia and Hong Kong. As we operate in relatively immature markets, this local presence has been absolutely essential in providing access and proximity required to uncover hidden potential. By focusing on Southeast Asia (instead of the larger, more developed economies of Japan, Korea, Taiwan and mainland China), we have been able to systematically create and capitalize on generated deal flow.
To-date, we have raised and managed seven limited partnership funds, five of which are now fully or largely realised, yielding a return consistently in excess of the top quartile benchmarks in our industry. In December 2014, we announced the closing of our latest fund, Navis Asia Fund VII, L.P. and a parallel/feeder fund (collectively “Navis VII”), a US$1.45 billion fund that continues to focus on investments in private equity transactions across the Asia Pacific region.
Navis Asia Funds’ realized track record as of end Q1 2018
Navis has been one of the most experienced investors in mid-sized businesses in Asia Pacific. Their team brings extensive experience and resources to help companies across a range of industries capitalize on business opportunities for lasting impact.
CEO, Asia Inspection
Since 2004, we have taken significant steps towards the integration and management of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) factors in our investment cycle. We believe that better ESG practices lead to better investment outcomes and fundamentally stronger companies. In practice, active management of ESG issues in our investments have generated strong returns for Navis and our investors, for the portfolio companies as well as the communities in which they operate.
We are a signatory to the United Nations-backed Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI). These principles and guidelines serve as valuable platforms for formalizing and focusing our investment efforts, raising internal awareness and providing a common language and set of expectations for our investment partners, portfolio management teams and other stakeholders.
Principles for Responsible Investment
We commit to the following PRI principles for our private equity investments:
- We will incorporate ESG issues into investment analysis and decision-making processes.
- We will be active owners and incorporate ESG issues into our ownership policies and practices.
- We will seek appropriate disclosure on ESG issues by the entities in which we invest.
- We will promote acceptance and implementation of the Principles within the investment industry.
- We will work together to enhance our effectiveness in implementing the Principles.
- We will each report on our activities and progress towards implementing the Principles.
The Navis ESG Approach
Integrating ESG within our Investment Process
We take an integrated, program-driven approach to manage ESG risks and opportunities within our investment cycle. ESG forms part of the due diligence carried out by our investment team, with additional support sought from external advisors where required. Material ESG matters and recommendations are embedded into the 90-day plan, which is then implemented by the portfolio company management team. Through our period of ownership, we continuously engage with portfolio companies to address outstanding issues, review ESG performance as well as identify focused ESG value-added programs. To support this, we have dedicated Portfolio Operations Directors driving a Governance program as well as an E&S program.
We believe that transparency and accountability are necessary tenets of the responsible investment approach. We provide a full report on our ESG activities and outcomes to the Principles for Responsible Investment on an annual basis. We also continously engage on ways to improve.