Centroamerican Consulting and Capital (3C) is a conglomerate of ventures ranging from start-ups to fairly large and mature companies. The most important assets are in pharmaceutical retail and wholesaling. Together, our companies represent the largest pharmacy chain in the region. We also operate in FMCGs distribution, agriculture, real estate and private education.
3C was founded in 2001 as a management consulting company for the Honduran market. Consultants’ free-time was supposed to be used to study industries in Centroamerica. Our original idea was to bring to the region successful business models already operating in economies with a GDP per capita of $10-15K per year (Honduras’ is $2.5K), launching a new venture every year or so. Initial funding for the start-ups came from the saving of the founder, while the growth was supposed to be financed with flows from consulting and from selling the ventures once they had reached a meaningful mass.
However, we quickly learned that it’s more satisfying and way more profitable to be an enterpreneur than a consultant. Besides, our initial investments were reaching break-even and becoming cash-positive in a few months. We therefore dropped the consulting business altogether and started to grow the existing companies well beyond the start-up phase, while funding new ventures with the excess cash created by the existing business.
Consolidated sales are 800M$ and we employ about 4,000 people across Centroamerica and the Caribbeans. The equity of the company is owned by the leadership team, without outside financial investors. This gives us a lot of freedom and a very fast decision process, but on occasions we miss opportunities for lack of capital.
If you are the owner or the manager of a business looking to expand in CentroAmerica, either as a market or a production platform, and you are looking for a partner with a deep knowledge of the region, give us a call or drop us a line using the format in the last section of the web-site.