Energy is crucial to both a country’s economic development and to its populations's well-being. Yet around 1.3 billion people have no access to electricity; an estimated US$10 trillion is required from now until 2035 simply to meet current demand in our markets. Providing electricity to the world's growth markets represents a compelling investment opportunity. Actis is a leading energy investor in growth markets, our energy businesses have touched 68 million consumers and generated 15GW of energy capacity.
Our Energy funds invest in high growth, buy and build power companies and develop them into attractive acquisition targets for strategic investors targeting attractive risk-adjusted returns. The certainty of long term, contracted cash flow protects the downside of these investments. In addition to generation, we invest in high growth monopoly distribution platforms where electricity is in scarce supply. Our energy team use industrial value creation and best practice tools to drive value in our investee companies and has deep and proven experience in this sector, having committed close to US$4.4 billion to 31 energy transactions and exited 21.
We are technology agnostic in terms of power generation technologies (wind, solar, gas, hydro) and determine which power technologies are cost competitive in each geography, so that our investments can be cost competitive in any scenario.
We capitalise on Actis’ c. 70-year history of investing in growth markets, and on the local knowledge and contacts of colleagues throughout our organisation both to identify and unlock opportunities and to manage political and macroeconomic risks.
Through careful asset selection, growth and management, Actis believes that this energy strategy will continue to generate attractive risk-return outcomes predominantly through capital gain on exit.