Acorn Private Equity


Acorn Private Equity is a private investment group focused on acquiring and investing in Sub-Saharan African companies. Acorn focused on profitable, sustainable medium-sized businesses valued less then R$500 million. Acorn generally pursues growth-oriented companies and does not have any sector preferences. Acorn Private Equity was established in 2009 and is headquartered in Somerset West, South Africa.

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Acorn Private Equity’s most common sectors for investment are food (67%) and agriculture (34%). The Firm’s most common investment types include buyout (lbo, mbo, mbi) (67%) and secondary buyout (34%). Its largest (disclosed) acquisition occurred in 2014 when it acquired Overberg Agri for $15M.

The Firm’s most common exit type is trade sale (100%). Acorn Private Equity’s largest (disclosed) exit occurred in 2014 when it sold USC Metering for $3M.

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