Business Advisory

Building operational integrity, while remaining focussed on profitability and shareholder value, is a challenge that should not be underestimated

Private Equity

Whether you are buying a new business or wanting to grow the value of an existing business, sound financial backing is a necessity


Constant analysis and receptiveness to change, to achieve different outcomes and results, is an ongoing and critical function in business

Willingness to change is a strength, even if it means plunging part of the company into total confusion for a while.

Jack Welch


Established in 2002, Jacobs Capital (Pty) Ltd is a dynamic investment and business advisory company specialising in private equity, mergers and acquisitions, capital raising, corporate finance, business disposals and high-impact business performance enhancement and restructuring.

Our desire to build profitable companies that have a far reaching influence, both locally and internationally, goes beyond profitability arguments. We are driven by a passion for business, and understand and respect the critical role that business plays in our economy as well as the impact it has on employment.

Our highly skilled business consultants offer a wealth of experience in a variety of areas of business.  We also work hand in hand with a network of specialist attorneys, tax consultants, world class manufacturing consultants, business analysts, sales specialists and other professionals.  This enables us to identify opportunities and swiftly execute critical business changes for our clients.

Today our portfolio companies generate revenue in excess of R2 billion and employs thousands of people across South Africa. We are committed and compelled to consistently widen our periphery to identify new opportunities with a view to continuously growing shareholder value.

It's all in the approach

“When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.” – Henry Ford

The Science of Success

To execute business turnaround or effectively alter performance, you need to approach it scientifically… In other words, by utilising a well-researched body of knowledge and systematically combining it with extensive experience and best practices, you should arrive at a successful outcome

Structured, pragmatic, ambitious and astute, at Jacobs Capital we incorporate the science of success into every facet of our operations. Over the years we have adapted, evolved and defined our philosophy to form a systematic, informed and science-enabled approach to integrating success into businesses.

We believe that it is our business formula, the science of success, which makes us a partner of unparalleled value. Through our unique and systematic approach to business we are able to nurture companies to either discover, rediscover or exceed their profitability margins, and by incorporating clever consultancy, well-organised business processes and market insight we are able to inspire businesses to reach their full potential.

The Value of Insight

It is very rare that great concepts were derived based on a lack of knowledge.

Business Advisory

Building operational integrity, while remaining focussed on profitability and shareholder value, is a challenge that should not be underestimated.

Over the years the Jacobs Capital team has developed and honed a unique approach to defining effective and meticulous business strategies which facilitate improved business operations, boost profitability and offer increased value to stakeholders.

After over a decade of offering well-informed advisory services to a diverse range of companies, Jacobs have built an impeccable reputation as a trusted partner and provider of unrivalled business advisory services. Offering personal involvement, valuable skill sets and expertise, Jacobs Capital brings a completely integrated approach to its advisory services which extend well beyond boardroom level. With many years of specialised experience spanning across multiple industries, the Jacobs Capital team is perfectly poised to advise and drive positive change through various business structures in a realistic yet dynamic way.

Handpicked for their notable expertise, the professional advisory team boast a wealth of experience and a progressive approach to their delivery of business advisory services:

Acquisitions and disposals // Balance sheet restructuring // Capital raising // Deal structuring and transaction advisory // Strategic planning and business modelling // Financial modelling // Legal advisory // Company valuations // Due diligence // Risk assessment // Business analysis and benchmarking // Implementation of improvements and best practice // Executive leadership management // Systems and process analysis and improvements // Industrial relations // Performance management programme development and implementation // Investment management and maximizing return on investment // Innovation and growth // Project management // Implementation of corporate governance structures

Is your business pursuing new opportunities and growth, actively working to build a more sustainable business model or considering repositioning in the market? Investing in professional advisory services will ensure that your risks are minimised and your strategic business goals achieved.

If you are considering any of the above we recommend you get in touch with us and we’ll ensure that you reach a better understanding of how we can assist your business.

Invest in change

Equity is just and fair inclusion. An equitable society is one in which all can participate and prosper. The goals of equity must be to create conditions that allow all to reach their full potential. In short, equity creates a path from hope to change.

Private Equity

Whether you are buying a new business or wanting to grow the value of an existing business, sound financial backing is a necessity.

Identifying market opportunities and reacting efficiently to fulfil market needs is central to the success of any business, and having the available funds to turn those opportunities into a reality is crucial.

We are on-balance sheet investors in privately-owned, unlisted businesses with proven track records. This means that we invest our own funds and are fully prepared to back experienced management teams in taking already successful businesses to the next level. It is important for us to be invested alongside management teams who also have meaningful ownership in the business.  Where appropriate, we will also syndicate with other private equity investors. This is where we draw on our network of loyal investors, with whom Jacobs Capital has built long and trusting relationships.

When one considers the business advisory and restructuring capabilities within our company, Jacobs Capital represents a unique private equity partner.

Our investment criteria include:

Established businesses with a proven earnings track record (i.e. EBITDA > R15m*)
Expansion capital for already successful businesses seeking to grow
Management buy-outs / management buy-ins where we invest alongside strong management teams with own capital to invest
Platform acquisitions forming part of a buy-and-build strategy
BEE transactions

*We may consider smaller businesses which represent acquisitions for existing portfolio companies.

We do not invest in start-ups or greenfield projects.

If you are considering any of the above transactions for your business and meet our investment criteria, please contact one of our Investment Managers. Please rest assured that all information will be considered strictly confidential in accordance with our privacy policy.

To find out why we need to start thinking differently about private equity, click here.

Perseverance Required

Success is not final, failure is not fatal, it is the courage to continue that counts.


Constant analysis and receptiveness to change, to achieve different outcomes and results, is an ongoing and critical function in business.

Jacobs Capital has extensive experience in business restructuring and its approach often sees significant modification of debt, operations or the structure of a company as a means of potentially eliminating financial risk and improving business performance and efficiencies.

Businesses often aren’t prepared for growth, haven’t modernised or experience difficulties in responding to market demands and changes. The end result is often a dire need for restructuring in order to address the challenges faced and to position the company effectively to yield positive results in the future.

Every company requires regular restructuring to achieve optimal and sustainable performance. Jacobs Capital has been instrumental in the successful restructuring of over 50 companies, ranging from subtle and inventive changes that improve performance in smaller niche businesses to the extensive restructuring of large scale manufacturing companies. We also have extensive experience in restructuring companies that are coming out of business rescue, working with these businesses through a remodeling process aimed at achieving a successful turnaround.

The Jacobs Capital track record speaks for itself and stands as a testament to the team’s invaluable experience and unique, personal approach.

If your company structure is hindering your performance outcomes or prohibiting meaningful change, we would welcome the opportunity to discuss the challenges you face and how we can assist.

“Great leaders find ways to connect with their people and help them fulfil their potential”

– Steven J. Stowell

Professional Profiles

Our team is comprised of a handpicked group of experts forming a unique combination of operational business experience and successful investment in business. We believe this is the recipe for success.

The common question that gets asked in business is, 'why?'

That’s a good question, but an equally valid question is, ‘why not?’ – Jeff Bezos

Investments and Projects

Our approach often sees us deliver successful turnaround projects and we focus on long term stabilisation for medium to large businesses in a short period of time. 

We drive a sound and competitive business model, a clear and focused strategy, an efficient board and reporting structure, sufficient working capital, good corporate governance and risk management structures, as well as a sound and well-structured balance sheet to arrive at a successful and sustainable outcome for all businesses we are involved with.










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A career at Jacobs Capital is highly rewarding as we can promise a journey that is consistently stimulating, challenging and delivers positive professional and personal development.

Our company is focussed on consistent growth. We thrive in challenging environments and find that those who exhibit the same qualities flourish in our space.  We own a very genuine passion for business and if you exhibit the same qualities, whether you are a vastly experienced professional or a graduate just setting out, we encourage you to get in touch with us so that we can learn more about you.

If our company sounds like the right fit for you then please email your CV application to

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