Navegar is the first management team put together in the country. It was set up in 2012 by the Philippine duo Honorio Poblador & Javier Infante thanks to support from the Swedish asset manager Patrik Brummer. Building on an initial investment experience via Navegar I (raised in 2013 with IFC, DEG, FMO, SMBC and Swedish and Philippine family offices), Navegar launched a successor fund whose first closing (USD 130m) was able to count on the renewed confidence of all the investors in the first fund.
With an expected total size of USD 175m, Navegar II should be making 6 to 8 investments in first generation midcaps or SMEs facing issues of:
- shareholder transition or management succession,
- professionalization: environmental, social or governance,
- scaling up and expansion in a territory which has over 2,000 islands inhabited by more than 100 million people over a surface area of 300,000 km2 and where there are major social disparities.
The fund will target sectors such as health, education, logistics and the production of goods and services that meet everyday consumption needs.
This second fund should support over 15,000 indirect jobs in the companies the fund will invest in, 50% of which should be held by women. The project should contribute to SDG 8 (Decent work and economic growth), SDG 3 (Health and well-being) and SDG 4 (Quality education), depending on the investments that will be made.