We are one of the largest private equity firms in Peru. We have been investing since 2007 and currently have stakes in 7 portfolio companies, having sold Maestro in September 2014.
Our current funds focus on high-growth sectors that are primarily exposed to Peru's emerging middle class. We believe that the development of the Peruvian middle class presents significant investment opportunities in sectors related to the current deficits in housing, healthcare, education, and internal consumption, among others.
We take controlling positions in leading, high growth companies that operate in under-served markets with high barriers to entry. We invest in businesses with unique and hard-to-replicate core competencies, proven products and business know-how. We look for companies that can benefit from management and corporate governance improvements, as well as new sources of capital for inorganic expansion. We aim to create businesses that set new standards in their respective industries.
We have invested in leading companies home improvement Maestro (sold in September 2014), in ceramics and sanitary ware (Celima, Trébol and Cassinelli), health care (Auna), higher education (Certus), media (Latina), air cargo and airport logistics (Talma and Aeropuertos del Peru), fishing (Pesquera Diamante) and real estate (La Gloria Propiedades) sectors.
We provide our investors with a unique opportunity to invest in a difficult to replicate mix of businesses focused on consumer related sectors in Peru. These sectors have grown faster than Peruvian GDP and are set to continue growing rapidly. This mix of businesses cannot be accessed via the public equity markets.
We create value by primarily sourcing proprietary deals, implementing best-in-class corporate governance and management practices at our business in order to drive operational growth, and through sound financial engineering.
We build our proprietary pipeline by identifying companies with potential early on and approaching them in order to build a relationship of trust that allows us to deploy our capabilities. We are recognized for our ability to source capital and human resources, and for our ability to debottleneck internal processes that limit growth. Therefore, we are sought after as much for our capital as we are for our ability to add value to companies.
We implement the highest levels of corporate governance. We bring in independent board members, in order to have well balanced boards, who provide relevant experience for the industries in which our companies operate. Through the board, we focus on strategy, capital allocation decisions, budgeting, performance control, CEO performance appraisals, senior management incentives and risk management. We put in place performance-focused compensation programs for key executives that closely align their interests to those of our investors. Besides their involvement at the board level, our directors participate on executive, human resources, and audit committees.
We support our management teams by deploying a group of professionals that becomes fully involved in the strategic and operational endeavors of recently acquired companies, and who later work closely with the CEOs and senior management to launch operational improvements, implement company wide initiatives, solve key strategic issues, conduct add-on acquisitions, and foster inorganic growth.
In addition to our active involvement at the board level, we seek to have very strong and empowered management teams featuring the best talent available. We aim to attract the best talent in terms of strategic thinking, operational expertise and industry knowledge. Our management teams are composed of seasoned Peruvian and international professionals who are among the top professionals in their respective fields.