The Silk Road Frontier Equity strategy is our flagship strategy, investing in listed equities across the global Frontier Markets – predominantly in Africa, the Middle East, Frontier Asia and Latin America. We focus on small – mid cap local companies offering sustainable, high development impact and innovative business models. The strategy was launched end 2010 and employs a bottom-up, fundamental approach.
The strategy is available to investors globally; we offer a number of vehicles for this strategy as well as separately managed accounts.
Our investment focus lies in selecting companies with business models that are capable of capitalising on the vast opportunities in frontier markets. Because we believe that the demographics in these rising economies are the main drivers behind their growth potential, we see companies that are focused on capturing the long term growth associated with the consumer opportunity.
We also believe that the opportunity and the frontier markets truly belongs to the local entrepreneurs rather than the globalised companies.
Our well-established local presence in the major frontier markets allows us to benefit from an on the ground perspective when we evaluate the business models of local companies.
Silk Invest applies a well-defined, disciplined investment approach to each asset class, that aims to deliver returns over different market cycles in a consistent manner.
Within Equities, Silk Invest’s strategy focuses on investing in stocks which will both outperform their local peers and become true leaders in their field. We strongly believe in the short and long-term structural opportunity in the frontier markets, and the advantages for investment analysts and decision makers to be on the ground to capitalize on it. Silk Invest’s investment process incorporates fundamentally-driven, bottom-up stock analysis designed to outperform in the longer term with reduced volatility.
We maintain an unconstrained non-benchmark approach and invest in companies with successful local business models whose demand is driven by local consumers. The portfolio building process incorporates ESG standards and is designed to maximize annual returns while maintaining maximum diversification across the regions and sectors. The investment approach of Silk Invest is built upon these insights and perspectives.
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