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Global Investment Management

Momentum Global Investment Management was established in the UK in 1998 as the international investment and asset management arm of Momentum Metropolitan Holdings Limited. As with any growing business, we have evolved with the times and the ever-changing investment landscape, developing into an investment-driven business that focuses on tailored products and solutions for a diverse client base. Our clients and partners span institutions, corporates, wealth managers and professional advisors in our key geographical target markets: Asia and the Middle East, the UK and Europe, the United States and South Africa.

Our business was founded on three core capabilities:

  • investment-driven products and solutions
  • exceptional client service
  • a true partnership approach

While talent, resources and expertise are the cornerstones of any business, it is the ability to truly understand your clients’ needs and work with them to deliver an appropriate and differentiated solution that sets one business apart from the crowd: we believe this is Momentum’s competitive edge.

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Harmony portfolios

The Harmony Portfolios have been created as a range of multi asset, best of breed funds designed specifically to provide a medium to long term core holding for investors.

The fund range consists of eight portfolios, each risk profiled and with a specific geographical focus.

These are:

  • Harmony Portfolios Asian Balanced
  • Harmony Portfolios Asian Growth
  • Harmony Portfolios Australian Dollar Growth
  • Harmony Portfolios Europe Diversified
  • Harmony Portfolios Sterling Balanced
  • Harmony Portfolios Sterling Growth
  • Harmony Portfolios US Dollar Balanced
  • Harmony Portfolios US Dollar Growth
  • Harmony Portfolios Cautious Income


Hong Kong Representative:
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Telephone No: +852 2800 1523

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  • 和諧歐元平衡投資組合
  • 和諧英鎊平衡投資組合
  • 和諧英鎊增長投資組合
  • 和諧美元平衡投資組合
  • 和諧美元增長投資組合


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Investing in Africa

Africa presents a compelling long-term investment opportunity as a result of the vast resources, young demographic and expected development of the African continent over the next 20 years and beyond. This opportunity requires a knowledge and understanding of Africa. At Momentum, we draw from our highly skilled and experienced internal teams of investment professionals and our well-researched network of external managers to present the best of Africa to the world with 3 funds – Africa equity, Africa fixed income and Africa real estate.

Why invest in Africa?

Why invest in Africa?

There are a number of macro-economic trends that make Africa an attractive investment destination for discerning investors. A lot of these are well documented in the press on a regular basis, but we are yet to see many global institutional investors starting to actively allocate monies to Africa. Here are the factors that we believe most strongly support the investment case for investing in Africa:

Macro-economic trends that support the Africa investment thesis

There are a number of macro-economic trends that make Africa an attractive investment destination for discerning investors. A lot of these are well documented in the press on a regular basis, but we are yet to see many global institutional investors starting to actively allocate monies to Africa. Here are the factors that we believe most strongly support the investment case for investing in Africa:

Strong economic growth

The most recognised trend has been the high level of economic growth experienced across most countries in the region. Many countries have grown at GDP growth rates in excess of 4% since 2000. In 2013, despite a slowdown in global demand and political turmoil, sub-Sahara Africa grew at 4.7% and is expected to remain stable at 4.7% in 2014, according to the World Bank.

Table 1: GDP growth rates of the three largest African economies in sub-Saharan Africa1
Country 2010 2011 2012 2013e 2014f
Nigeria 7.8% 6.8% 6.5% 7.0% 6.7%
South Africa 3.1% 3.5% 2.5% 1.9% 2.0%
Angola 3.4% 3.9% 6.8% 4.1% 5.2%
SSA, excluding South Africa 6.1% 5.0% 4.2% 6.0% 5.8%

Source: World Bank

Much of the economic growth across sub-Saharan countries in recent years has been driven by domestic demand. For the last four years, domestic consumption of goods and services has accounted for two thirds of Africa’s GDP2. There is a growing middle class as can be seen in the following table. Domestic demand will continue to be supported by investment in the resource sector and infrastructure, and expansion of the agricultural sector.

Table 2: Growing middle class3:
Year Number of people with an annual income greater than US$2,700
2001 104 million
2011 184 million
2020 - estimate 257 million

Africa’s demographics and the demographic dividend

Africa has the second-largest population in the world, estimated to be 1.033 billion people, and this is set to double, to two billion, over the next 40 years with more than half of the population in sub-Saharan Africa under the age of 254. Added to this, sub-Saharan Africa has the youngest population in the world, with more than half the population under the age of 25. The median age is now 20, compared with 30 in Asia and 40 in Europe. As the mass of young people in Africa are educated and become part of the working force, this will divide economic growth and we will see the dependency ratio improve. This ‘demographic dividend’ was crucial to the growth of East Asian economies a generation ago and offers a huge opportunity for Africa today.

Capital returning to the continent

Investment in the African continent is crucial to its development. Investment in infrastructure is critical to the growth and development of the region, especially in addressing power needs and improving roads. In recent years, capital inflows into the region have remained robust, hydrocarbon discoveries in countries like Mozambique and Tanzania have also helped boost investment in the region. The table below shows historical and future expected capital flows into sub-Saharan

Table 3: 2013 Ibrahim Index on Africa governance
(FDI = Foreign Direct Investments)
2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013e 2014f 2015f 2016f
Total capital inflows, excl. FDI 13.4 29.2 20.9 36.7 53.7 44 39.7 41.8 45.4
FDI 33.6 30.2 24.0 31.5 28.8 31.9 32.5 35.6 38.4

Source: World Bank

Human capital is also returning to the African continent and we are seeing improvements in the quality of education. Many Africans who have been educated at top-rated global universities abroad and who have worked for prominent global corporations and institutions are returning home to be involved in business on the ground.

On a local level, we are seeing improvements in education, for example, in Angola, the number of children enrolled in primary school has tripled since 2001. During the same period, secondary school enrollment in Angola has gone up from 25% to 40% and adult literacy has risen from 57% to 63%3.

Improvement in political stability

There has been a marked improvement in governance and stability across the region. These can be seen in measures such as the Mo Ibrahim Index.

The Mo Ibrahim Index of Africa Governance provides an annual assessment of governance in every African country. It is compiled in partnership with experts from a number of the continent’s institutions and focuses on quantitative data on governance in Africa. Each country is scored out of 100. The most recent significant improvements in the index have been seen in countries like Botswana, Ghana and Zambia.

2013 IIAG ranking Score.../100 13-year change
Botswana 2 77.6 5.6
Ghana 7 66.8 5.3
Kenya 21 53.6 1.5
Mozambique 20 54.8 2.3
Namibia 6 69.5 2.3
Nigeria 41 43.4 0.8
South Africa 5 71.3 0.6
Tanzania 17 56.9 1.4
Zambia 12 59.6 8.6
Zimbabwe 47 35.4 1.5

Source: Mo Ibrahim Foundation

However, improvements in governance and political stability are something to be closely watched, especially in countries such as Nigeria. Africa’s largest economy has its national, state and local elections in 2015. This will create a lot of uncertainty, where the attention is likely to be concentrated on political rallying rather than the growth of the economy. Other countries, like Kenya, have had a spate of terrorist attacks in recent months.

Africa is the future

A reduction in inflation across the continent, lower foreign debts levels, decreasing budget deficits and improving democracies in recent years make Africa an attractive country to invest. Trends in African equity, fixed income and real estate make Africa a compelling and robust country that may create opportunities that the world has yet to realise, such as the development in the mobile technology sector and renewable energy.

  • With Africa’s population set to double in the next 40 years from 1.033 billion people to two billion people, mass urbanisation and GDP growth rates in sub-Saharan Africa outside of South Africa is in excess of 4% per annum - this will create demand for quality real estate in many cities where there has been limited investment in infrastructure.
  • A growing middle class in Africa has created demand for global products, services and brands where a limited number of shopping centres in many of the major cities in Africa will drive a need for more real estate development. In 1980, 26% of Africa’s population was considered middle class, and by 2010 this has accelerated to 34%.
  • Real estate in South Africa has been one of the top-performing asset classes returning 17.5% per annum over the last 10 years⁷, and we believe the development and growth we have seen in this market will be repeated across the rest of Africa.
  • Opportunities in Africa real estate lie ahead with a growing middle class, increased political stability in the region, development of African financial markets and an increase in foreign direct investment.

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Profile Momentum Africa Real Estate Fund
Investment manager Momentum Africa Investment Management Limited (Mauritius)
Investment advisers Eris Property Group (South Africa), Momentum Global Investment Management (London)
Performance target 18% net IRR in USD
Investible universe Geographic focus - Sub Saharan Africa ex SA: focus on Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Mozambique, Rwanda & Zambia
Investment guidelines Asset composition - development & management of retail, office & light industrial premises
Base currency USD
Investment vehicle Mauritian domiciled Global Business Company (GBC1)
Fees 1.75% management fee (on drawn capital only), performance fee of 20% above a 10% hurdle
Target size $150 million committed as at 31 July 2015. Commitments are capped at $250 million. Final close in early 2016.
Group commitment $10 million seed capital from Momentum Metropolitan Life Limited and personal investment by investment team
Term 8 years with two one year extensions
Investment period 5 years, with two 1 year extensions
Leverage 40 - 60%

The team

David Lashbrook

David Lashbrook
Head of Africa Real Estate at Momentum GIM

Warren Shultze

Warren Shultze
Chief Executive Officer of Eris Property Group

Barend de Loor

Barend de Loor
Director Property Development of Eris Property Group

Vuyani Bekwa

Vuyani Bekwa
Head of Investments and Trading of Eris Property Group

News from Africa


David Lashbrook: Head of Africa Real Estate at Momentum GIM
Tel: +44 (0) 207 618 1780
Mobile: +44 (0) 788 194 1248

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