Investec AM invests in SJL Group

Investec Asset Management, through its Africa Private Equity capability, has completed the management buy-out of 100% of SJL Group, the transport and logistics operator.

The deal will see Investec Asset Management, together with co-investors DEG (Deutsche Investitions-und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH) and Avanz Capital, partner with SJL’s senior management team led by Group CEO Mohamed Didouch with the aim of supporting the company’s profitable growth as it expands its service offerings, client base and geographical footprint.

New capital will also be invested to accelerate a number of growth initiatives in SJL’s logistics capability and transport fleets.

Headquartered in Tangier, where SJL has extensive logistics and warehousing facilities, SJL also has operations in Tunisia, Spain and France, through which the business serves clients linking North Africa and Europe.

The firm has built a diverse base of leading multinational and domestic clients across key export sectors for Morocco, including automotive, textiles and agriculture, as well as domestic services in FMCG. As the market leader in crossings between Morocco and the EU, SJL is well positioned to benefit from the burgeoning investment from multinationals into key manufacturing sectors in Morocco.

Gerben Dijkstra, Investment Principal at IAM commented: “The buyout of SJL represents our first Private Equity investment in Morocco, which we see as a very attractive market. In acquiring a market leader, with a high quality service offering comparable to global operators and led by an experienced management team, we are very excited about the opportunities for it to capitalise on the rapidly growing manufacturing sectors in Morocco and become a true regional leader.”

Alicia Villegas
Alicia Villegas speaks Spanish and Italian and is Iberia Correspondent for InvestmentEurope. She was shortlisted for the Rising Star Award at the British Media Awards 2017 and Writer of the Year at the PPA Independent Publisher Awards 2016. Previously, she worked for almost three years at the seafood business website Undercurrent News as a market reporter. In Spain, she also worked for more than five years for several media outlets.

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