- AP Ventures opens to new investment, attracting US$200 million in commitments from cornerstone investors, Anglo American Platinum and Public Investment Corporation
- An independent fund has been established, supported by the Public Investment Corporation’s mining investment strategy, and the successful track record of the Anglo American Platinum PGM Investment Programme
- AP Ventures invests in advanced technology companies whose products utilise the unique high-performance characteristics of Platinum Group Metals
- Sectors for investment include hydrogen infrastructure, fuel-cell electric mobility, energy storage platforms and water treatment solutions
AP Ventures today announces its launch as an independent venture capital fund to invest in applications for Platinum Group Metals (PGMs). Anglo American Platinum and South Africa’s Public Investment Corporation (PIC), as cornerstone investors, have each committed US$100 million to AP Ventures.
The newly created AP Ventures is the first fund of its kind investing in pioneering technologies and businesses harnessing the unique high performance characteristics of PGMs.
Anglo American Platinum is the world’s leading primary producer of PGMs and is expected to continue to provide AP Ventures with the benefit of industry expertise, market knowledge and access to international networks. The PIC is one of Africa’s largest investment managers, with assets totalling over US$160 billion, and through its extensive investment research expertise brings unrivalled insight to AP Ventures and its portfolio companies.
AP Ventures will operate a global mandate investing in companies that develop patentable technologies using PGMs.
The Fund will invest thematically in sectors which use PGMs to address global challenges such as renewable energy integration, resource scarcity and a growing population. This includes: hydrogen infrastructure; fuel-cell electric mobility; energy storage platforms; water purification; sensors; durable electronics; and medical devices.
AP Ventures is led by a specialist global investment team with proven expertise and a successful track record. The team previously formed part of Anglo American Platinum’s PGM Investment Programme which was first established in 2014. The Programme made US$60 million of early stage and growth capital investments. The PIC has been instrumental in ensuring AP Venture’s fund structure has the appropriate governance in place to attract ongoing funding.
Headquartered in London, AP Ventures is committed to opening a further office in South Africa and to raise additional capital from other investors.
As part of Anglo American Platinum’s capital commitment to the independent Fund it will transfer the seed portfolio within its PGM Investment Programme to AP Ventures.
The existing portfolio includes investments in Altergy Systems, Food Freshness Technology Holdings, Greyrock Energy, HyET Holdings, Hydrogenius Technologies, Primus Power and United Hydrogen Group.
About AP Ventures
AP Ventures is an independent venture capital firm headquartered in London dedicated to investing in advanced technology companies utilising the unique high-performance characteristics of Platinum Group Metals (PGMs). The fund operates a global mandate to invest in pioneering new technologies and businesses which solve global challenges. AP Ventures is led by Andrew Hinkly (Managing Partner) and Kevin Eggers (Partner). As cornerstone investors The Public Investment Corporation and Anglo American Platinum have each committed US$100 million to AP Ventures.
More information: https://apventuresllp.com/
Andrew Hinkly, Managing Partner, AP Ventures
Prior to founding AP Ventures Andrew held a number of senior leadership positions at Anglo American, where he worked for a decade and was a member of the Anglo American Platinum Executive Committee. Whilst at Anglo American Andrew established the successful Corporate Venture Capital Fund, the predecessor fund to AP Ventures, to invest in innovative companies which utilize PGMs. Andrew is a board member of two investee companies, Food Freshness and GreyRock.
About Anglo American Platinum
Anglo American Platinum Limited is a member of the Anglo American plc Group and is the world’s leading primary producer of platinum group metals. The company is listed on the Johannesburg Securities Exchange (JSE). Its mining, smelting and refining operations are based in South Africa. Elsewhere in the world, the Group owns Unki Platinum Mine in Zimbabwe. Anglo American Platinum has a number of joint ventures with several historically disadvantaged South African consortia as part of its commitment to the transformation of the mining industry. Anglo American Platinum is committed to the highest standards of safety and continues to make meaningful and sustainable difference in the development of the communities around its operations.
More information: http://www.angloamericanplatinum.com
About Public Investment Corporation
The Public Investment Corporation (PIC) is a public asset management firm wholly owned by the South African government, with the Minister of Finance as the sole shareholder representative of the government. PIC’s clients are mostly public sector entities including the Government Employees Pension Fund, which contribute 90% of the funds that PIC manages. Other clients include Unemployment Insurance Fund, Associated Institutions Pension Fund, Compensation Commissioner Pension Fund and Compensation Commissioner Fund. The PIC is a hybrid of a single asset manager and a multi-manager with emphasis on providing its clients with value at a low cost and invests in established names with strong management requiring little oversight. PIC is a world class asset management company, and it boasts more than 100-year reputation of delivering excellent results. It is the largest and most successful asset manager on the African continent with assets under management in excess of R2 trillion as at 31 March 2017. The PIC invests in a variety of asset classes such as the following:
- Real Estate
- Shares on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange
- Private Equity
- Developmental Investments
The PIC has a clear developmental investment programme. The developmental investments focus on the following areas: Economic Infrastructure (Roads, Rail, Transport & Logistics, Energy, Ports (air, sea, and rail); Social Infrastructure (Affordable Housing, Health, Education); Priority Sector Investments (Agriculture, Agro- processing, Manufacturing and beneficiation Tourism); Environmental & Sustainability (Renewable energy, Clean technology Green buildings, Sustainable environments);and SMEs across all sectors.
More information: http://www.pic.gov.za/
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