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Uganda Investment Climate Programme, 2012

ABL Associates in advising as Economists under the Uganda Investment Climate Programme, working with the Worldbank/IFC and Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning. Our role to date has been to undertake the calculation of administrative burden using the Standard Cost Model to set a benchmark and evaluate the programme, a monitoring tool and the basis for the introduction of Regulatory Impact Assessment (RIA) Methodology. This is a joint project under taken by GoU with technical assistance from IFC a member of the WBG.

Advice to Venture Funds and Corporations, Mozambique, 2012

ABL Associates is currently advising a number of venture funds and corporations on business strategies These include;

  • JP5 Investments, from USA
  • Eswaran Brothers, from Sri Lanka
  • Eurabella, LLC, from USA
  • Masada Resource Group and MCESSA, from USA

Uganda National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (UNCCI), Uganda, 2012

Set up and advisory to the UNCCI to set up an economics, trade and policy advocacy department.

 Yako Microcredit, Financial Services, Uganda, 2012

ABL Associates is acting as a book runner for an SME financial services business looking to raise 1.5m USD capital via a private placement. ABL Associates has developed an information memorandum, share subscription documentation and is managing the order book for the capital raising process.

 Confidential Client, Energy Sector, Botswana, 2012 

ABL Associates are financial advisor to an energy company currently negotiating a concession to develop a 300MW coal energy project in southern africa with an estimated capex of $650 million, to be developed through a BOT PPP. ABL Associates was responsible for reviewing project information to prepare an information memorandum to attract equity financing. ABL Associates is current;ly providing strategic advice to the Company during negotiations with Government authorities with regards to deal structure and a road map for project delivery.

Confidential Client, Infrastructure Services, Nigeria, 2012

ABL Associates is part of the transaction advisory team to a federal government looking to procure and develop infrastructure services (water, wastewater, roads, electricity and telecoms) with an estimated capex of over $500 million, to be developed via a design build finance and transfer PPP. ABL Associates has been responsible for preparing the financial and economic sections of the Outline Business Case including preparation of a project financial model, undertaking financial/economic analysis and modelling to demonstrate Value for Money, financial structuring of the proposed PPP including developing a payment mechanism for the project, evaluation of bidders (up to 8 no.) and will provide guidance to contractual and financial close for the project

Project Challenger, Construction, Uganda, 2012

ABL Associates advised a SME construction company with annual turnover of $400,000 looking to raise $500,000 via a private equity placement. Prepared transaction documents including an updated business plan, information memorandum, investment teaser, accompanying financial model and supporting data room for the transaction.

 Confidential Client, Real Estate, Nigeria, 2012

ABL Associates was part of the transaction advisory team to a public parastatal looking to develop its land via a real estate joint venture PPP. Undertook a feasibility study to advise on the appropriate PPP structure, outline design and financial model for the opportunity. ABL Associates was responsible for financial/economic analysis and modelling, financial structuring of the proposed project.

 Project Wood, Industrials, Uganda, 2012

ABL Associates was financial advisor for a treated wood products business looking to raise $1.0m as part of a company restructuring. Responsible for developing and updating a project feasibility report/business plan and associated financial model to allow debt/equity capital raising, transaction advisory, liaison and negotiation on behalf of the Client in dealings with potential financiers

Project Spire, Real Estate, Uganda, 2012

ABL Associates was financial advisor for the debt capital raising of a proposed Hotel in eastern Uganda. Undertook due diligence and prepared a business plan and financial model to allow debt capital raising, transaction advisory, liaison and negotiation with prospective financiers. Represented the Client in dealings with the bank to negotiate bank covenants.

Project Fox, Location and Navigation Business, Uganda, 2011

ABL Associates provided strategic advisory for a start-up business on the entry into the GPS and navigational devices market in East Africa. Responsible for developing an outline business plan in support of their application for sole dealership and distribution rights for East Africa from a global distributor of GPS devices. Dealership and distribution rights successfully awarded.

Advisory Services for Capital Raising in the Eco-Tourism Sector, Confidential Client, Uganda, 2011

ABL Associates advised a group of investors looking to develop and operate an eco-lodge and cottages in Uganda. The client has acquired up to 150 hectares of land overlooking a river . The client was looking for start-up financing to be invested in capital expenditure and working capital. ABL Associates is advising on the transaction and working with the client.

 Confidential Client – Corporate Client, Strategic Review and Operational Turn-around Management, Furniture Industry, Uganda, 2010

ABL Associates advised and assisted with valuation and undertaking turnaround management for a leading furniture products manufacturers looking to sell a stake in their business.

Advisory services for a Private Placement in the Transport and Logistics Sector, Uganda, 2009

ABL Associates advised a client in the car rental sector looking to raise equity through a private placement of up to $500,000. The SME business has a fleet of up to 50 vehicles and targets the leisure and corporate sectors. The client is looking for financing to be invested in capital expenditure and working capital improvements including operating efficiencies to be gained through automation of business receipts and faster invoicing system. ABL Associates is managing the transaction and working with a team comprising of company management together with a legal advisor.

Advisory Services for a Strategic Entry into the Pharmaceutical Manufacture Sector In Uganda, Confidential Client, Uganda, 2009

ABL Associates is currently undertaking transaction advisory services and capital raising for a private client looking to make a strategic entry into the pharmaceutical manufacture sector in the Uganda. We have identified, approached and evaluated potential targets for acquisition against the option of a greenfield project.  

Fundamental Trainers’ Course, Securities Industry Training Institute (SITI), Uganda, 2009

Our professionals provided training at the Securities Industry Training Institute (SITI) on fundamentals of the security markets. We presented to a class of 10 – 15 participants from the banking, legal, tax and regulatory industry in Uganda on the different aspects of the capital markets including the processes involved and the requirements for participation in the capital markets for individuals, companies and institutional investors. The training covered: debt markets; equity markets; institutional and regulatory issues.

Private Equity Industry Research for the East Africa Market, Confidential Client, 2009

ABL Associates undertook market research and produced a report on the investment opportunities in the Private Equity (PE) Asset Class for a private Investor looking to place up to $1 Million in the East African market. This included: conducting public domain research and undertaking a high level macroeconomic and investments opportunity analysis to identify sectors suitable for investment based on an outlook for the region; performing initial due diligence on private equity funds currently operational in East Africa including preparing a due diligence questionnaire to be used in evaluation of PE funds and fund managers; and evaluating the funds on metrics such as corporate governance and strategy to make recommendations on funds for detailed due diligence.

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