In making each of our investments, we have identified two clear objectives that have proven to be two sides of the same coin. We consistently work to create long term value for investors, achieving profitable growth in our portfolio. We also recognize that succeeding in long-term sustainable returns is dependent on stable, well-functioning and well-governed social, environmental, public health and economic systems in Portugal and Spain. Understanding this interconnected relationship, we seek to invest in and develop companies that contribute to enhancing these fundamental sectors.
Sustainability is embedded in the core of GP Capital, both in our funds and throughout our portfolio. Our second fund, Growth Inov, is focused on R&D, a critical component for developing the Portuguese economy. This is especially true for small and mid-size companies, which are our targets. In this fund, we only invest in companies that have been qualified by ANI (Portuguese National Innovation Agency) after going through a very rigorous process.
Increasing cold storage capacity for export companies and guaranteeing all safety procedures is key for very demanding industries like pharmaceuticals and food producers.
The team has identified a clear opportunity in the export/import value chain which was the lack of cold storage capacity in Portugal, especially state-of-the-art infrastructures that are able to supply highly demanding sectors like pharma companies or food supply. Freshlog is a company that manages cold storage facilities in Portugal, with a strong focus on safety in terms of hygiene, controlled environments and also reliability. The managers behind Freshlog have relevant experience in the cold storage business, acquired from years of work.