About Us

Samara Capital is one of India’s leading mid-market private equity firms with strong operating capabilities. We focus on long term business ownership and value creation while driving positive impact for all stakeholders.

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Founded in 2007, Samara Capital is a leading mid-market private equity fund in India and has invested over USD 1 billion since inception
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A stable and cohesive leadership team that takes pride in attracting and nurturing the very best of talent
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Samara Capital sees itself as a business owner and partners with entrepreneurs and managements to make the businesses achieve their true potential, thereby creating long term value for all stakeholders.
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Deep expertise in focus sectors and active collaboration with managements makes Samara Capital a partner of choice for entrepreneurs and managements.
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Samara Capital’s investors include high quality institutional investors and family offices from across the globe.

Our Charter

Our Purpose

To be inspiring business leaders and best-in-class capital allocators.

Our Mission

To be the most trusted steward of our client’s capital.

Our Culture

Samara leaders nurture a work culture based on our core leadership principles and values – Passion for investing, Business builder, Grit, Growing talent, and Collaboration

Samara leaders are inquisitive and create unique investment opportunities based on sharp insights and strong relationships with business leaders. Samara leaders believe in capital preservation, demonstrate intellectual integrity and are relentless in pursuing strong risk-adjusted investment returns

Samara leaders think and act as inspiring business owners, possess sound judgment, and display a high degree of accountability. They have a frugal mindset and don’t sacrifice long-term value for short term results

Samara leaders can identify, attract, nurture and retain the very best of talent, for the firm and for the businesses we invest in.  They gauge their own success basis the talent they build and create a culture of empowerment and perfectionism

Samara leaders think audaciously and show unusual resilience. They learn and improve from setbacks/failures and keep going while rallying everyone in the team until the goal is accomplished. They are not afraid of taking calculated risks and value speed in decision making

Samara leaders display a firm-first approach, they work together in the belief that the best idea, rather than my idea, is everyone’s common objective. They share information & knowledge openly and make time to help others

Our Approach

Samara Capital takes a long term approach to value creation with a strong bias to partner with best in class management teams. We believe that focus on input metrics and culture-building leads to sustainable and scalable business performance.

Core Sectors

  • Consumer / Retail
  • Healthcare / Pharmaceuticals
  • Financial Services
  • Business Services / Technology

Flexible Capital

  • Long term stable capital
  • Majority ownership supporting MBOs, MBIs, and divestments
  • Minority growth capital – secondary or primary

Key Investment Characteristics

  • Amongst Top 3 in its sector/category
  • Unorganized to organized sector shift
  • Rising penetration of products/services
  • Exceptional management team

Superior Risk-Adjusted Return

  • Toolkit includes sector expertise and value-add
  • Appropriate deal structuring (JV/ partnerships)
  • Risk assessment and mitigation

Our Portfolio

Flemingo Duty Free

Fast growing emerging markets duty free and travel retail company with presence across 130+ outlets in 30+ countries and successfully operating all duty free formats - airports, sea-ports, border shops, in-flight, downtown shops, armed forces and diplomatic commissaries

Ganga Kaveri Seeds

Exited

Leading agri-biotech seeds company having pan-India distribution network and products across several crops including sunflower, maize (corn), paddy (rice), pearl millet and cotton.

Monte Carlo Fashions

30+ year old branded apparel company operating through a comprehensive distribution network with leadership position in wollen wear and a growing presence in cotton wear

Sapphire Foods

A large Yum! Brands Franchise in the Indian sub-continent with 400+ outlets across KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell brands.

Nature's Essence & Blue Heaven

Consolidation of two market leading personal care brands in the mass market segment under an accomplished management team focussing on beauty and skin care

More Retail

India's leading omni-channel food, grocery and lifestyle retail business with long-term strategic partnership with Amazon India for e-grocery.

Paradise Biryani

World's most famous and largest Biryani brand with a legacy of 65 years, almost synonymous with Biryani and Kebabs and now rapidly expanding stores across India with strong dine-in, take-away and delivery proposition in an omni-channel manner.

Lotus Surgicals

Fast growing surgical devices and consumables company focussing on the wound closure segment with best in class manufacturing facility and a high quality brand which is used in over 3000 hospitals and nursing homes of India and exported to over 20 countries globally.

AIG Hospitals

Exited

A globally renowned gastroenterology focussed super specialty hospital which conducts pioneering research, delivers clinical excellence, handles complex cases, offers affordable pricing and yet delivers industry leading operating margins

Guardian Pharmacy

Exited

Retail pharmaceutical chain with focus on beauty, wellness and nutrition and exclusive franchisee in India for GNC - largest global specialty retailer of nutritional products

Sahajanand Medical Technologies

Fastest growing and R&D driven Indian medtech company, emerging as the market leader in cardiovascular stents in India with a consistent quality and globally proven clinical track record and exporting its products to over 40 countries globally.

Oaknet Healthcare

Fast growing branded pharmaceutical formulations company with strong presence in the field of dermatology and gynaecology segments.

Thyrocare Technologies

Exited

Leading provider of pathology and medical diagnostics services operating through a unique centralised laboratory model and a pan-India franchisee network that generates market leading volumes and increases capacity utilisation giving the business sustainable low cost advantage

RBL Bank

Exited

One of India's fastest growing private sector banks with an expanding presence across the country and led by a strong and capable management team

Sharekhan

Exited

Large retail brokerage offering comprehensive suite of services with a pan-India presence.

First Meridian Group

Amongst the top 5 general staffing companies in India and a platform play for Samara in HR solutions offering services in the areas of temporary staffing, recruitment, compliance, payrolling, and allied services.

SMS Facility Management

Large player in the fast growing facilities management services offering services such as house keeping, office support staff, etc with leadership position in the highly demanding private sector bank space

Iron Mountain

Indian subsidiary of world's largest records management company which could achieve leadership position in India as well during Samara's investment tenure.

Spoton Logistics

Fast growing, professionally run and amongst the top 5 road express logistics players in India with a national reach, covering a network of over 21,000 pin codes and serving over 4,000 customers across sectors ranging from large corportes to SMEs

Cogencis Information

Leading real-time financial market data company with a large installed base of terminals across Banks, Mutual Funds, Insurance companies and Corporates

Global Coal

Exited

Part of India's largest group in coal beneficiation industry.

Thriveni Earthmovers

Leading Indian mining services company which offers end to end solutions to mine owners across commodities

Oilmax Energy

Integrated oil and gas services and operations player across Asia, Middle East and Africa

Media

December 16, 2019 in Media Coverage

Quadria Capital buys Samara’s 14% stake in AIG Hospitals

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August 23, 2019 in Media Coverage

Sahajanand Medical Technologies: A stent-making powerhouse

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August 22, 2019 in Media Coverage

How Spoton Logistics made a U-Turn

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April 1, 2020 in Press Release

Samara Capital announced the appointment of Vinod Nambiar as Managing Director, More Retail Limited

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December 16, 2019 in Press Release

Samara Capital takes an exit from AIG Hospitals, sells its stake to Quadria Capital

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April 1, 2019 in Press Release

Samara Capital acquires a majority stake in cosmetic firm Blue Heaven as an addition to its personal care platform

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ESG Focus

Samara’s ESG policy and SEMS guides us in integrating  Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) issues throughout our investment process, and shapes our work as active, engaged owners.