Proven agribusiness investors

enabling rapid and substainable growth

 

About Us

We are a specialist agribusiness investment group, with deep industry expertise and hands-on operating experience, helping mid-sized food and agriculture companies grow to become clear industry leaders

We partner with exceptional agriculture and food companies to guide them through rapid yet sustainable growth, to become clear industry leaders.

Our accomplished team, with decades of agricultural investing, development and operating expertise across the globe, helps companies achieve their fullest potential.

We pioneer innovative approaches to solve many of the headwinds facing modern agriculture and always put environmental, social and governance considerations at the heart of our investments and operations. 

Sunridge Partners provides patient capital, deep industry expertise and a hands-on approach to achieving outsized returns for all stakeholders.      

 

Our Approach

We help agribusiness owners, operators, and entrepreneurs grow their businesses into industry leaders with the help of our capital and strong industry focussed expertise, globally

Why work with Sunridge Partners

  • Our unique focus on food and agriculture, allows us to better understand particular agribusiness needs faster and have in-depth sector and sub-sector expertise bringing solutions to your business

  • Our stewardship and value creation track-record is unparalleled and our investing, operations and business development skills add value beyond just capital

  • We are driven by the highest environmental, ethical and socially responsible principles and work with you to achieve the best possible outcomes for all stakeholders during the whole lifetime of our ownership

  • As we are family backed, we pride ourselves on providing patient and long-term capital

We can provide owners and operations with the following solutions

We have flexible mandate to create custom solutions for owners and operators wishing to either fully transition a business yet also have the ability to form mutually beneficial partnerships for ownership and growth

  • Growth capital (organic and acquisitions)

  • Purchase of whole company or divisions

  • Changes to the shareholder base

  • Financing for management buy-outs/buy-ins

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Environmental, Social and Governance

We are at the forefront of investing in and operating food and agricultural companies in a way that is truly sustainable, or ideally even regenerative.  Sunridge Partners actively seek investment opportunities that address the growing challenges in food and agriculture.

Our Core Principles

From ending poverty and hunger to climate change and sustaining our natural resources, food and agriculture lies at the very heart of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

Five key principles guide us in a unified approach across the food and agribusiness investment landscape:

  • Safeguarding and improving the livelihoods and social well‐being of individuals producing food and processing agricultural products

  • Promoting food and agribusiness products and systems that contribute to improved health and well-being
  • Conserving, protecting and enhancing our natural ecosystems

  • Instilling transparent governance within natural and human systems

  • Fostering holistic innovation and sustainable growth for all stakeholders

We have also made a commitment to meaningfully contribute to and find solutions in our investments to the SDGs. The SDGs where we believe Sunridge can have the greatest impact are:

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Our Commitment

We are a proud signatory to the Principles for Responsible Investment, the leading global proponent for incorporating Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) principles in investment activities.

As a signatory, we have committed to:

  • Incorporate ESG considerations into our investment analysis and decision-making processes

  • Prioritize ESG issues in our ownership policies and practices, as active owners

  • Seek appropriate disclosure on ESG metrics within Sunridge investments

  • Promote acceptance and implementation of the Principles within the investment industry

  • Work with internal and external stakeholders to enhance our effectiveness in implementing the Principles

  • Report on our activities and progress towards implementing the Principles

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Our Investment Criteria

We invest in experienced management teams and companies to build and grow sustainable champions across the food and agribusiness value chain

Food and Agriculture Value Chain Focus

Inputs

Seeds, genetics, fertilizers, crop protection, equipment, services

Primary Production

Produce, plantations, aquaculture, specialty crops

Processing

Food processing, value-added processing

Storage& Transportation

Shipping, infrastructure, cold storage, distribution

Geography

  • Our focus is on member countries of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

  • We have the ability to scale businesses globally beyond OECD countries

Companies 

We partner with private, mostly family owned companies that have:

  • Exceptional management teams with a shared passion to grow and develop their businesses

  • Track-record of operational excellence

  • Operate in interesting niches within the food and agriculture value chain that are growing rapidly

  • Minimum EBITDA of US$2 million

  • Aligned goals and strict adherence to environmentally, ethically and socially responsible principles

  • Ability for Sunridge Partners to add value beyond capital

Transaction Size

  • Our customary transaction size is between US$ 15-50 million in equity over the lifetime of an investment

We welcome you to contact us to discuss how we might partner to create mutually beneficial opportunities in the agribusiness sector.

 

Team

We are driven by agribusiness experts, with hands-on sector specific investment, operations, and business development expertise

Leadership

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Philipp Saumweber

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Managing Partner

Philipp Saumweber is an experienced principal investor and operator in the agriculture sector, which he has worked in for over a decade and has deployed capital across the agricultural value chain in Europe, North America and Australasia. 

 

While at Sunridge Partners, Philipp was also the interim CEO for one of its portfolio businesses.

Philipp was an investment professional at King Street Capital, a large hedge fund, where he led investments in real asset sectors throughout Europe.

Philipp began his career at Goldman Sachs, where he advised public and private companies in European real estate, lodging and gaming sectors on strategic and financial matters. 

Philipp holds a BA in Economics from Dartmouth College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.​​

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Hugues Marchand

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Partner

Hugues Marchand is an investment professional with more than 15 years of principal investing experience, primarily in the infrastructure sector across Europe, North America and Africa.

At Sunridge Partners, Hugues has also been CFO of a portfolio business.

Previously, Hugues was a principal investment professional at GDF SUEZ, leading transaction in LNG, infrastructure and power projects globally. Hugues was also divisional CFO in Turkey.

Hugues holds a BEng in Applied Maths from the Universite Catholique de Louvain, an MSc in Financial Economics from the University of London, a PhD in Operations Research from the Centre for Operations Research and Econometrics (UCL) / Columbia University and attended INSEAD’s General Management Program.

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Michael Voice

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Partner

Michael is seasoned agribusiness investment and business development professional with more than a decade of experience.

Michael was a business development director for one of Sunridge Partners' portfolio companies.

Previously, Michael was an investment professional at RJI Capital, a boutique private equity and
strategic advisory firm.

Michael began his career in commodities trading at Dominion Resources, one of the largest physical and financial traders of natural gas in the US.

Michael holds a BSE in Industrial and Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan and an MSc with Distinction in Shipping, Trade, and Finance from Cass Business School.

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Luke Burton

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Associate

Luke works across all aspects of the business from origination to the management of portfolio companies.

Previously, Luke spent three years working for the Investment Banking division at HSBC in the Infrastructure and Real Estate M&A team, where he also completed a six month secondment at the Paris office.  At HSBC Luke primarily advised on M&A transactions in the Power and Utilities, Renewables and Infrastructure space.


Luke holds a BSc in Economics with first class honours from the University of Exeter.

Wider Team

Our team includes leading industry operators and executives as well as a seasoned board of advisors from across the food and agriculture industry.

 

Contact

Sunridge Partners (UK), LLP

 

310A Harbour Yard

Third Floor

Chelsea Harbour

London, SW10 0XD

United Kingdom

+44 20 3892 3080

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Sunridge Partners (UK), LLP acts as the investment advisor for the Sunridge funds that invest in agribusinesses globally.  Sunridge Partners (UK), LLP (FRN: 821518) is an Appointed Representative of Duff & Phelps Securities Ltd, (FRN: 466588) which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.  ​​