How our investments are managed
Remgro has a few operating subsidiaries of which the material companies are RCL Foods Limited (listed), Siqalo Foods Proprietary Limited (unlisted), Wispeco Holdings Proprietary Limited (unlisted) and Capevin Holdings Proprietary Limited (unlisted). Remgro’s other investments comprise both listed and unlisted companies that are not controlled by Remgro and which are mostly associates and joint ventures due to the significant influence or joint control exercised by Remgro through board representation in those investee companies.
Notwithstanding the level of influence or control, Remgro has adopted a philosophy of decentralised management, which means that its investee companies have autonomous boards of directors and management structures, while Remgro exerts its influence through non-executive representation on the boards of these companies. Remgro’s involvement is thus mainly focused on the provision of support and oversight rather than on being involved in the day-to-day management of its investee companies.
The Remgro Limited Board considers it in the best interest of all the parties concerned to respect the decentralised business model and the fact that these businesses are conducted in separate legal entities. The support derived by investee companies from Remgro as a shareholder includes strategic direction, patient financial capital, managerial support through access to Remgro’s broad and diverse network of human capital, and the creation of an environment conducive for corporate transactions. The support provided by Remgro serves to enable investee companies to achieve their relevant growth strategies and targets. This includes a newly formed Remgro Collaboration Network which provides a structure for Remgro and its investee companies to collaborate and share knowledge across various functions (e.g. human resources, corporate social investment, energy, ESG etc).
Shareholder agreements are in place for Remgro’s associates and joint ventures where there are also other major shareholders involved. These agreements serve as a mechanism to protect Remgro’s rights as a shareholder and manage any associated risks. In terms of these agreements Remgro has decision-making involvement for a defined list of material matters of the businesses of these entities, such as the appointment or removal of directors, capital structure, business strategy, large capital expenditure and mergers, acquisitions and disposals.
Where Remgro does not have the right to board representation, such investments are classified as portfolio investments (investments at fair value through other comprehensive income).
As a responsible steward of its investee companies, Remgro also exercises its influence to ensure, as far as possible, that the entities concerned adhere to its requirements in respect of matters such as governance, internal controls, financial management, risk management, legal compliance, social responsibility, safety, health and environmental management, internal audit, ethics management, information management, stakeholder relationships, succession planning and sustainability. To further advance our sustainability agenda, Remgro aims to partner with all its investee companies across their value chains to encourage and influence sustainable behaviour through Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) principles that seek to achieve common and collective sustainability goals.
Remgro’s issued share capital consists of two classes of shares, as follows:
Remgro invests in reputable businesses that are aligned with its values and purpose, with sound management teams that have the potential to deliver superior earnings, sustainable cash flow generation and dividend growth over the long term. Remgro forges strategic alliances on a partnership basis and adds value through its extensive network of human capital.
As a values-led business, Remgro acknowledges its critical role of responsible stewardship to manage its assets and pursue new investments in line with its ESG Investment Policy and ESG Investment Framework. Our responsible investment principles drive our investment decision-making to deliver sustainable financial returns whilst fostering a positive, measurable ESG impact.
We strive to ensure impact is purposefully integrated throughout the investment lifecycle and where sustainable value can be generated over the long term through a continuous focus to improve ESG performance. Remgro is committed to helping its investee companies shape their approach to ESG to ensure our investments reflect our ambition to create environmental, social and economic change throughout our ecosystem.
Remgro plans to measure its progress as it implements its ESG strategy through the provision of transparent and accurate ESG metrics and disclosures, aligned to internationally and locally recognised standards. This will enable us to better set goals in the future.
- Expected return on investment in excess of Remgro’s internal minimum rate of return
- Investment decisions driven by Remgro’s responsible investment principles
- Prevailing culture and ethics of the Board and management team
- ESG strategy and impact of the enterprise, and an ESG profile in accordance with Remgro’s requirements and standards
- Viability of products and services and their lifecycles
- Barriers to entry
- Investments in entities where Remgro can identify sustainable value over the long term
- Preference for unlisted investments
- Emphasis on investments that deliver superior financial returns, whilst fostering a positive, measurable social and/or environmental impact
- Investments that align with Remgro’s values and purpose to create sustainable stakeholder value
- Standard Operating Procedure for investment managers to integrate ESG into their investment decisions
- Significant influence and board representation are integral
- Focus on South African investments and other African countries through investee companies
- Will consider investments in other countries on an opportunistic basis
- Primary sector focus:
- Consumer products
- Financial services