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Supporting Emerging Enterprises in India

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SHIKSHA FINANCE

Promoting access to quality education in India

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LOANZEN

Empowering entrepreneurs by providing financing solutions for used commercial vehicles

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MPOWER FINANCING

Reducing barriers to quality education

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20CUBE LOGISTICS

Digitalizing the logistics sector

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UTKAL TUBERS

Improving agricultural productivity

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MAVERIX

Making good food convenient

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PEBS Pennar

Making construction eco-friendly

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VARTHANA

Transforming affordable education

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Message from the Zephyr Peacock Team

We hope that you and your families are safe and in good health. COVID-19, the deadly contagious virus, has spread across the globe, with most of the world including India under lockdown.

Our first priority is the safety and well-being of our employees and partners, including our colleagues at our investee firms. The Zephyr Peacock team members are working from home from Bangalore and New York and making good use of videoconferencing and other communication technologies. The employees of our portfolio companies are working from home wherever possible. Jobs that require on-site presence are being managed carefully in compliance with medical norms recommended by the World Health Organization, on-site health check-ups, and social distancing.

COVID-19 is having a significant impact on the Indian economy, despite a relatively low number of positive cases (approximately 1,000 as of this writing). India is in lockdown, and international and inter-state travel has been suspended. Equity markets in India have declined 30% from their recent highs. For the year 2020, S&P has reduced India’s GDP growth forecast from 5.7% to 5.1%. Economists expect a sharp recovery in investment and consumption once the lockdown ends. The significant decline in oil prices is expected to help India’s fiscal and current account deficits.

Many workers in the informal economy have already lost their jobs and their income. Financial institutions serving the informal economy and self-employed are expected to experience increased default rates as borrowers struggle with lost incomes and livelihoods.

In order to help low income families, the government has announced direct benefit transfers and additional subsidies for food products. India’s central bank, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), has permitted all commercial banks and lending institutions to provide a three-month moratorium on all loans outstanding as on 1 March 2020. The RBI has cut interest rates by 75 basis points and reduced the cash reserve ratio for commercial banks. These measures are expected to improve liquidity in the system.

We expect that the business activities of Zephyr Peacock portfolio companies will be significantly impacted during the first and second quarters of the calendar year 2020. The portfolio companies serve both businesses and consumer segments, and we expect business in both these segments to be affected by the crisis.

The Zephyr Peacock team is working with the management teams of its portfolio companies to assess the impact of these events, develop mitigation plans and business continuity plans. These plans include implementing cost reductions, securing financing sources and suspension of capital intensive initiatives.

The Zephyr Peacock team is committed to serving its key stakeholders – our investors, our colleagues, our portfolio companies, and our communities. We wish you and your families good health and safety during these turbulent times.

We thank you for your support.

Stay safe!

Zephyr Management is a global emerging markets investment manager, specializing in the creation and management of highly focused private equity funds

Since its inception in 1994, Zephyr has sponsored 22 investment funds in both public and private securities markets representing approximately $1.2 billion in combined commitments and assets under management

Emerging Markets Focus

The firm has initiated several private equity funds investing in several African countries, South Korea, Mexico, India, and Sri Lanka since its founding. Zephyr's funds cater to medium size enterprises that are often ignored by larger private equity players. Zephyr funds provide growth capital to established companies with proven business models and sustainable competitive advantages.

Investment activities are currently focused on India, Sri Lanka and Africa.

Zephyr Peacock India

Zephyr Peacock India provides equity financing for fast growing, small to medium sized companies led by strong entrepreneurs and management teams.

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Emerald Sri Lanka Fund

Emerald Fund provides equity financing for fast growing, small to medium sized (SME) Sri Lankan companies led by strong entrepreneurs & management teams.

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Zephyr Acorn provides equity

Zephyr Acorn provides equity financing and business support to innovative early-stage companies in East Africa.

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Active Portfolio Support

The firm's special expertise lies in bringing global best practices to medium-sized growing companies by assisting them in conceptualizing sustainable business strategy, management development, compensation, ESG, expansion outside of their home country, capital structure and positioning for stock exchange listing or trade sale.