Private equity jargon. Made clearer
We want to make private equity as straightforward and transparent as we are – take a look at our glossary if you’ve spotted any jargon.
Every private equity deal is different – so you’re bound to have some questions. Get to know private equity firm LDC better here too. Take a look at our most frequently asked questions below.
To enter you will be required to submit details about yourself, your business and your ambition. This can be done for yourself or for someone you would like to put forward. You can also choose to additionally enter individual award categories that judges will recognise as part of The Top 50, these include sustainable impact, international, social impact, resilience and innovation. You can view the criteria and enter your nomination here.
The LDC Top 50 Most Ambitious Business Leaders is free to enter.
The LDC Top 50 Most Ambitious Business Leaders programme is run by leading mid-market private equity investor LDC in partnership with The Times. Now in its fourth year, the awards will reveal and celebrate the inspiring leaders behind some of the UK’s most successful and fast-growing medium-sized firms.
The process runs as follows:
Our portfolio are companies that we have invested in to support their growth plans. We don’t include the leaders of our portfolio companies in our Top 50 because we don’t want to show favouritism. The Top 50 represents ambitious business leaders from the wider market.
To qualify, candidates must be the driving force behind a medium-sized growing business based in the UK. The individual(s) must be an exceptional CEO, Founder or Managing Director leading a profitable UK-headquartered business that has grown over that last three years and has a turnover of up to £75m. Take a look at last year’s Top 50 to see the types of people that have featured.
Yes. The requirement is that the business is experiencing year on year growth at the time of entering.
Sorry, businesses are required to be UK based in order to eligible for the Top 50 business awards.
Yes, as long as the subsidiary business is registered in the UK and files accounts here.
Sorry, we’re looking for business leaders running privately-owned companies.
Sorry, we’re looking for nominations from the person ultimately leading the organisation.
Yes, we will consider Top 50 entries from candidates in joint leadership roles, either individually or jointly.
Candidates nominated by a third party will be contacted by our team after a nomination is made to ensure they’re happy to participate.
No. I’m afraid due to data regulations we need to be able to confirm who has submitted the nomination.
We only request basic financial information on the company and candidate so hopefully this won’t be an issue. All the figures will be treated confidentially and confirmed by the business leader, so please just provide an estimate.
Judges will be looking for individuals with a clear vision for their business, a deliverable plan for achieving their goals and evidence of a successful track record to date.
For guidance, your nomination may want to include detail on the vision, evidence of plans to support it and information on the candidate’s successes to date.
We’ve deliberately kept the nomination process simple. You can volunteer additional supporting materials if you’re shortlisted to help with the profile article we’ll produce.
We will contact you requesting photography if you’re shortlisted.
We do request basic financial information on the company as part of the nomination process. This can be provided in writing or by submitting the relevant accounts alongside your nomination. You can of course provide proforma trading figures to evidence growth if your last set of accounts show a decline in sales.
We will review all candidates based on the strength of their nomination and a desktop review of the business in question to ensure it meets the eligibility criteria.
No, this is a listing not a ranking.
The article will be based on information you have provided about you and your business, will be positive in nature and will be prepared by an experienced and well-respected journalist. After the interview, we will provide copy for fact checking only. With 50 articles to produce we don’t have sufficient time to make stylistic amends, but all candidates will be given 24 hours to advise on any factual inaccuracies.
A panel of judges will review the business leaders who appear in The Times to determine who deserves each award. We have a range of individual awards in 2021 including the ‘Most Ambitious’ but also for Innovation and Resilience.
Nominations for the Top 50 Most Ambitious Business Leaders programme will close at the end of April.
Shortlisted candidates may be contacted to ask if they’d be happy to join a video call during the nomination process. This will help the Top 50 team build up an accurate picture of the candidate and explore their role, success and business. It’s a short, informal meeting and no preparation is required.
Please contact the team at Top50@ldc.co.uk and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.
You will receive a receipt confirmation email. The nomination will then be reviewed and if the candidate is to be taken to through to the next stage, we will make contact with you and arrange a meeting.
LDC usually invests between £10m and £50m in each transaction but we are flexible – with up to £100m available for each company. This means we can continue to support businesses with follow on funding throughout the life of the partnership.
Find out more about how LDC can support your business growth ambitions with capital and expertise.
Every private equity deal is different – the type of deal that is right for you depends on your business’s strategy and objectives. LDC can work with you to structure a private equity investment that suits you – whether as a minority or majority investor in a management buyout, secondary buyout, development capital or carve out.
Find out more about the different types of private equity deals.
We have partnered with over 650 management teams across all sectors of the UK economy – including healthcare, retail & consumer, technology. media & telecoms (TMT), industrials, financial services, support services, travel & leisure and construction & property.
Find out how we have helped businesses in your sector grow.
Working with private equity firms helps to bring additional value, for example non-executive directors joining the board of a business. At LDC, we also provide access to our Value Creation Partners (VCP), who can help you identify pressure points and growth opportunities across your business – in areas from sales and marketing to procurement and working capital.
You will be in good company. Over 650 management teams across the UK have chosen LDC’s flexible approach to private equity over the past 40 years. Every one of those growth journeys is different but they all have two things in common: ambition and partnership. We will get to know you and your business, backing you to achieve your business ambitions.
Find out more about working with LDC.
As part of Lloyds Banking Group, we are not like other mid-market private equity firms. We don’t have to focus on fundraising. Nor do we have a set fund cycle. So we can be more flexible, supporting you through ups and downs.
Some of our tenures have been less than a year and some have been for more than ten years – whatever happens, we will support until it’s right for everyone involved to proceed with an exit strategy. And we often stay invested after that.
Find out more about LDC here.
Private equity funding is the injection of capital into a business in return for a minority or majority stake in the business. This capital – plus the private equity company’s operational expertise – enables the portfolio company to increase in value, deploying a variety of growth strategies.
Private equity can enable a change to the ownership structure of a business. For example, if the business owner has reached a stage in their career where they are looking to take a step back, de-risk and realise some of the value they have created.
Most importantly, businesses backed by private equity can grow faster than companies that access capital by other means – thanks to the combination of funding and strategic input from experienced partners.
To find out how private equity has helped businesses in your sector, read our case studies.
Every private equity company will have its own investment strategy. A traditional approach requires the business looking for investment to have a steady and reliable cash flow, strong track record and a clear future growth path. LDC takes a management-focused approach, supporting those leading an organisation – and backing their knowledge, expertise and ambitions.
You can find out more about LDC’s investment criteria here.
The role of private equity is to work in partnership with business leaders to build scale and value. Together, they can supercharge the growth of a business, through making business improvements, organic growth, acquisitions or international expansion.
Working with private equity firms can also bring additional value, like access to experienced business advisors or non-executive directors joining the board.
Private equity investors help management teams map out and execute growth strategies. Each company’s opportunities are different and investors shape their approach accordingly. It could be making acquisitions, launching new products, building new manufacturing facilities, breaking into new sectors or expanding overseas.
Due to LDC’s unique funding structure, we have up to £100 million to invest in each of our portfolio companies. We are able to provide follow-on funding to back further expansion – whether that’s capital to finance a bolt-on acquisition or the development of a new facility.
Private equity can help support a buy and build strategy to help businesses expand, diversify or consolidate market leadership. This extends beyond the capital to purchase a business and includes significant mergers & acquisition (M&A) expertise to help integrate the acquired business.
LDC can help identify, acquire and integrate suitable businesses. We supported 35 acquisitions across our portfolio in 2020, plus two thirds are on a buy & build growth journey.
Read our buy and build case studies to see examples.
Every private equity deal is different – but there are a number of common stages of the deal process. The right private equity partner will work with you to make sure the process works for you.
You can find out more about LDC’s private equity investment process here.
A loan through a bank or corporate lender can provide you with capital to grow your company. A private equity partner can also provide you with advice, insight and experience alongside the money you need to see your visions become reality.
Find out more about the benefits of working with a private equity company in our guide to private equity.
The distinctions between private equity and venture capital funding are often misunderstood. While both options offer cash and expertise to drive growth, the scale of investment and methods of working have a clear difference.
Private equity firms tend to back established companies with a strong track record – demonstrating consistent growth and profitability, with a proven management team at the helm.
Venture capital funding specialises in start-up and early stage businesses, often operating in high-growth sectors such as technology and fintech.
Find out more about how private equity can support you and your business.
There are three typical exit routes for a private equity company:
• IPO or flotation – where the company offers its shares for sale on a public stock market, often with the private equity partner continuing to hold shares
• Trade sale – sale of the company’s shares to another company, likely to be a larger corporate in a similar industry
• Secondary buyout – the sale of the company’s shares to another private equity firm
Read more about how LDC can help you prepare for an IPO.
Private equity helps you open up growth opportunities without losing control of your business. For example, a management team might want to raise funds to allow the existing owner to take a step back, or to expand or diversify the business.
With private equity, as well as getting the capital that you need, you’ll also be backed by experienced business partners.
Hear from LDC-backed CEOs on how the private equity experience has helped them achieve their ambitions.
Private equity is a big step for any company and business leader. But it can be a catalyst to help you transform and grow your business – with financial benefits for all shareholders.
Read some private equity success stories here.
A private equity investment is typically a medium to long-term investment in your company. Giving you a capital injection by acquiring ordinary shares and/or making loans to the company.
There are various ways in which a deal or transaction will be structured. Each company’s needs and ambitions are unique, so the deal needs to be tailored accordingly.
Speak to an expert to find out what your private equity journey could look like.
Many private equity firms generate capital through funds and large institutional investors – including pension funds, insurance firms and banks.
LDC has a unique funding structure. As part of Lloyds Banking Group, LDC does not need to fundraise due to ongoing funding from the bank. This allows us to deploy patient capital, working to the timetable of our portfolio businesses.
Find out more about the benefits of LDC’s unique funding structure.
The main transaction documents needed for a private equity deal are usually:
Read more about the elements of a private equity deal in our jargon buster.
The right private equity partner can enable business owners to supercharge the growth of their company – while they continue to run it and realise some of the value they have already created.
There are many different types of private equity house with different investment strategies and styles, including how actively involved they are in the management of the business. It’s important to explore the options to help you decide on the right kind of private equity partner for you and your business.
Find out more about what makes LDC different to other institutional investors.
We want to make private equity as straightforward and transparent as we are – take a look at our glossary if you’ve spotted any jargon.