Investment Strategy

Pomona Impact está dispuesta a invertir en empresas rentables que cumplan con el siguiente perfil:

Foco Geográfico: Nos enfocamos en invertir en México, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panamá, Colombia y Ecuador.

Fundadores apasionados y comprometidos: Analizamos detenidamente el equipo administrativo. Evaluamos si tienen las habilidades, experiencia o si tienen el acceso a recursos para alcanzar sus metas. Pero, sobre todo, evaluamos si tienen la pasión y la integridad que se requiere.

Impacto Significativo: Buscamos oportunidades de generar un nivel extraordinario de impacto, más allá de la generación de empleo o la filantropía tradicional. Estamos buscando emprendimientos que estén a la vanguardia en términos de impacto social.

Sostenible: Que sean comercialmente viables y que cuenten con un excelente potencial para alcanzar un crecimiento sostenible.

Sectores: Estamos dispuestos a trabajar con todos los sectores empresariales. Algunos que nos interesan de forma particular incluyen: artesanías, salud, educación, ecoturismo, agronegocios y energía renovable.

Fase de inversión: Preferimos hacer inversiones para empresas que desean crecer, pero estamos dispuestos a considerar trabajar con start-ups y a proveer capital de trabajo.

Pomona Impact busca hacer inversiones que se alineen a lo siguiente:

Tenemos una preferencia hacia deuda subordinada / tipo mezzanini que cuente con una programación estructurada de pago de capital e intereses junto con un componente de compartir ingresos que nos permita ser parte del éxito que la empresa pueda llegar a tener.

Estamos dispuestos a considerar inversiones de capital, especialmente junto con organizaciones experimentadas en inversión de impacto.

El tamaño ideal de nuestra inversión es entre US$50,000.00 a US$250,000.00

Actualmente estamos construyendo un fondo que nos permitirá llegar a invertir hasta US$1,000,000.00.

La duración ideal de las inversiones es entre 3 a 7 años, sin embargo, podemos, bajo circunstancias especiales, otorgar préstamos para capital de trabajo.

Como Pomona Impact estamos consciente que las estrategias de salida típicas son frecuentemente poco probables para emprendimientos en este sector. Dado lo anterior, buscamos ser flexibles y creativos para encontrar una “estructura” que nos permita hacer inversiones en empresas que están teniendo un impacto positivo en las personas de escasos recursos.

OPPORTUNITY IN CENTRAL AMERICA
  • Political stability and regulatory environments continue to improve.

 

  • Divergent growth trends in Latin America: Unlike South America, which has been hurt by recent sharp declines in commodities prices, Central America is expected to experience solid GDP growth in coming years, driven by increasing demand for exports as the US economy continues to recover.

 

  • Favorable demographics: Young populations relative to developed countries means larger labor forces, growing consumer demand; greater tax revenues, less social security outlays means reduced fiscal stress for governments.
COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE
  • Strong local presence and experience, with headquarters and entire investment team based in Central America.

 

  • Deep network of local, regional, and international partners supporting deal flow, co-investing in and providing technical assistance to portfolio companies, and more.

 

  • Ability to find deals and house portfolio companies in our co-working spaces and those of affiliates.

 

  • Majority of investments with structured exits and downside protection, and all investments denominated in USD.

 

  • Four year track record of success, with 17 companies completed since 2011 (1.1M$ invested to date).
BASIC SERVICES
  • Access to Energy – 6.7 million people still living off grid in Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua.

 

  • Housing – 23.2 million homeless or live in poor quality housing in Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua.

 

  • Education and Health – Innovative business models and tech are improving levels of service and reaching disconnected communities like never before.  Provided the opportunity, the poor have demonstrated their willingness to invest in their futures.
AGRICULTURE
  • Favorable growing climates, wealth of local expertise, and represents 29% of the region’s labor force1.

 

  • Enormous opportunity to integrate technology and superior production techniques (i.e. organic) to improve production, boost financial margins, and better manage risks (i.e. pests/disease).

 

  • Subsector opportunities include Ag Tech, Value Chain Extension, and Ag Logistics (i.e. refrigeration, streamlined exports).

Galeria Investment Strategy

Pomona was the first impact investor for Wakami besides or family and friends!! The fact that Pomona believed and invested in Wakami, opened the door for more investors.

 

Working with Pomona has been very important for Wakami. They have been with us in the hard times! Being able to count with their support has brought Wakami forth to our current track of being a company that is becoming a global brand. There is still a long way to go, but the path has been traced!

 

Thank you Pomona Impact!

María Pacheco
Wakami

Pomona Impact has been a wonderful partner for Uncommon Cacao. When we expanded operations from Belize into Guatemala, Pomona was helpful in connecting us to the local landscape and opening up new opportunities. Rich and his team are the clear leaders in the space in Central America and Uncommon Cacao is honored to be a part of their diverse and exciting portfolio of change-making businesses in the region!

Emily Stone
Uncommon Cacao

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