SOUTH AFRICA – Pan-African alternative investment firm, EXEO Capital, has acquired a majority stake in cutting-edge, chemical synthesis company, Chemical Process Technologies (CPT).

CPT based in South Africa is currently the only manufacturer of animal active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) on the African continent.

As is the case with human APIs, South Africa, in particular, is heavily reliant on imported animal APIs manufactured in countries like China and India.

With CPT having made significant headway into the development of the larger pharma sector for both humans and animals, it is one of the few companies that is opening doors for South Africa as a manufacturer and exporter of APIs.

EXEO Capital partner, Herman Marais, said, “The acquisition of CPT marks the first animal pharma investment by EXEO Capital.

“This strategic move into new commercial territory aligns with EXEO’s Agri-Vie Fund II mandate to invest in scalable businesses within the sub-Saharan agricultural and food value chains.”

Marais also highlighted that the investment is set to unlock CPT’s latent potential to do import replacement of APIs and for international expansion.

“This is possible through the globally competitive level of excellence that CPT upholds in terms of its proprietary production processes.

“The company represents a high-potential centre of excellence in Africa on which we can build a larger local pharma sector.”

The recent establishment of an API Plus laboratory on CPT’s premises is demonstrative of the company’s competitive edge in the South African pharma industry.

The lab, launched by Science and Innovation Deputy Minister, Buti Manamela, marks a significant milestone for API manufacture in South Africa, the establishment of which points to CPT’s important role in the development of the sector as a whole.

Marais said that CPT is an example of the depth of knowledge and the quality of technology that exists in South Africa. As a brand, it represents local ingenuity.

Dr Hannes Malan, CPT’s CEO, commented, “The fact that EXEO Capital management sees the same value in CPT that the current shareholders have identified highlights the opportunity that this growing industry presents.

“The transaction will allow for the accelerated implementation of projects to unlock this value and growth. We look forward to starting this next phase with EXEO Capital on board and the contributions they will make to this success story.”

Dr Gerrit van der Klashorst, CPT co-founder, added, “We believe this new partnership will further improve on CPT’s service quality by achieving and maintaining the quality norms of a world-class industry player.

“In addition to good manufacturing practice upgrades for the formulation plants, the investment will allow for the extension of the synthesis activity and also lead to the production of various new ectoparasitic as well as endoparasitic APIs.”

Through the Agri-Vie Fund II, EXEO Capital has backed a raft of companies across the continent to include TerraSan Group Limited from South Africa, Marginpar Group from Kenya, Capital Fisheries from Zambia, Jumbo Brands from South Africa, PPTL from Tanzania, Frostan Limited from Tanzania, Glacier Products Ltd from Kenya, The Maia Group from South Africa and Nurture Foods Investments from South Africa.

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