LeapFrog in strategic partnership with Temasek

09 Mar 2021

Temasek, an investment company headquartered in Singapore, has entered into a US$500mn strategic partnership with leading global impact investment group LeapFrog Investments.

The strategic partnership will take the form of a multi-fund investment by Temasek to anchor LeapFrog’s future funds. Temasek will also take a minority stake in LeapFrog and provide growth capital to support the expansion of the LeapFrog team and investment capabilities across Asia and Africa. LeapFrog and its investment process will continue to be managed and controlled by its team of partners, with Temasek taking one non-executive seat on LeapFrog’s Management Board.

Benoit Valentin, Head, Impact Investing, at Temasek, said, “There is an urgent and pressing need to address the critical social and environmental challenges that the world is facing. We believe in the potential of impact investing to unlock the capital to meet these challenges. Our partnership with LeapFrog, with its focus on serving underserved markets, underscores Temasek’s commitment to investing for impact, and the contributions these investments make towards shaping a better world for our communities.”

The partnership will see LeapFrog having received over US$2bn from global institutional investors since inception. Across LeapFrog’s four private equity funds, its companies have grown on average at 30 per cent per year. LeapFrog companies now reach 212 million people with healthcare or financial services, and directly provide employment to over 130,000 people.   

Dr Andy Kuper, Founder and CEO of LeapFrog, explained, “When we launched LeapFrog, the impact industry did not exist, but we believed that Profit with Purpose was the future of business and investment. For almost 15 years, we have worked to build a values-driven firm, co-creating a thriving industry that now stands at US$715bn and is projected to grow to up to US$26trn. Through this landmark commitment, Temasek joins in our vision to build an enduring and exemplary investment institution. We will continue to open the gates of the capital markets to purpose-driven businesses.”

Amit Bouri, CEO and Co-Founder of the Global Impact Investing Network, said, “This commitment reflects a new level of scale for the global impact investing industry. World-leading investors are prioritising measurable impact alongside financial returns, demonstrating that each can enhance the other. It is imperative that investors step up the scale of capital they are deploying now, to make it possible for billions of people to lead their families, businesses, and communities to brighter futures.”

LeapFrog has scaled market-leading and digital companies that have then been sold to the likes of Prudential Plc, Allianz X, Swiss Re, Fidelity’s Eight Roads and Standard Chartered. Among its current companies are WorldRemit, the fast-growing cross-border digital payments company, GoodLife, one of the largest pharmacy chains and healthcare providers in Africa, and BIMA, the digital insurance and tele-health provider across global growth markets.

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