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Old Mutual Private Equity to invest in Footgear, a leading retailer of branded footwear in South Africa

12 June 2019 Old Mutual Private Equity (OMPE)

Old Mutual Private Equity (OMPE), the direct private equity investing arm of Old Mutual Alternative Investments, today announced the acquisition of a majority interest in Footgear, a leading South African retailer of branded footwear.

The transaction was finalised on 3 June 2019 and is pending approval from the Competition Commission.

Founded in 2001, Footgear is a retailer of branded footwear with 63 stores nationwide. Footgear's footwear offering is family orientated, catering across categories, gender and age-groups, servicing men, women and kids underpinned by high levels of customer service, in a unique shop setting delivered by an energetic and motivated staff complement. Its offering includes an array of sports performance footwear, sports-inspired lifestyle, casual and leisure footwear, and fashion and outdoor footwear.

In addition to being a strategic partner to the management team who hold the remaining shares, OMPE will also provide capital to support the growth of the Footgear business.

Commenting on the announcement, Chumani Kula, Investment Principal at OMPE said: “Branded footwear remains a robust and growing market, and has shown relative resilience, in times of slower macro-economic growth. We are culturally and commercially aligned to Footgear’s high-quality management team and are proud to back a team that has a long and successful track record”. Farhad Khan, Investment Principal at OMPE added: “At OMPE, we seek to back savvy operators, like Footgear, that are building a business to international standards and we view this as a smart means to invest in a resilient and burgeoning sector in a brand that is loved by its customers. We look forward to working alongside the team as it enters its next growth phase.”

Neil Stephens, CEO of Footgear said: “Quality, service and expertise are deep-rooted in the Footgear culture and we are delighted that this has enabled our growth and our brand’s adoption by suppliers and customers. We look forward to the next stage of growth, supported through a partnership with a market leading private equity firm in OMPE.”

OMPE is a member of Old Mutual Alternative Investments, which manages over USD 4 billion in assets across private equity, infrastructure and various impact funds and has offices in South Africa, West and East Africa.

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