backing you
to grow

Tom Joule
Founder and Chief Brand Officer, Joules

your business

What is private equity?

Put simply, private equity provides investment to grow your business or fund a change in ownership – in return for a share in the company. Unlike raising debt, you’ll also be backed by experienced business partners. Helping you build your business, your way.

Why choose
private equity?

Private equity helps you open up growth opportunities without losing control of your business.

There are many different reasons to consider private equity and many different private equity firms to choose from. It’s an important step on your growth journey, so you need a partner you can trust.

LDC has brought a renewed energy and confidence to our teams and business which has been essential in our progress and our success.”
Paul Thandi CBE
CEO, The NEC Group

Strategies
for growth

The combination of investment and support means private equity can help you achieve your ambitious growth plans, whether they’re international, organic or acquisitive.

With over 35 years’ experience, LDC will work to understand your priorities and help you choose the right growth strategies for your business.

Acquire other companies

If you’re looking to acquire another company or continue a buy and build strategy, private equity can help.

LDC’s financial investment and M&A expertise can help you identify, acquire and integrate complementary businesses. We’ve supported 36 acquisitions across our portfolio in the last 18 months alone, with a total EV of more than £220m.

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Equiom: International buy and build partnership

Long term partnership and follow on funding supports 20 acquisitions and internationalisation of professional services company.

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Expand internationally

Through funding and expertise, private equity backing can help you create partnerships, increase your exports, acquire an international business or establish a new office overseas.

LDC can work with you to choose the right international strategy for your business, having helped UK businesses succeed overseas since 1981.

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Fishawack: Taking healthcare communications global

Management buyout enables five acquisitions to further Fishawack’s international expansion.

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Grow organically

Your business is already growing – private equity can help you grow even quicker, while maintaining your unique culture. It could be finding new premises or developing new products.

With LDC, you can be sure you’re being supported over the long-term, so growth is sustainable. Think of it as your business, only better.

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Away Resorts: organic and acquisitive growth

Carl Castledine partnered with LDC to support organic and acquisitive growth at holiday park operator Away Resorts.

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Make business improvements

Private equity can be a catalyst for positive change – bringing energy, focus and relevant experience to complement your team.

With LDC, you could choose to work with our Value Creation Partners (VCP), a team of strategic experts to help identify and support the delivery of improvements to your operations.

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FC Business Intelligence: Preparing for a sale

LDC supported the global events company’s growth in preparation for a sale that saw it become Reuters Events.

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Prepare for an IPO

If listing your business on the stock market is your dream, private equity can be an important stepping stone – or an alternative path in uncertain times.

Having helped the leaders of Fever-Tree, Joules, Team 17 and others, we can work alongside you to help make sure your business is fully prepared.

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Team17: From investment to IPO

We supported the continued growth of this innovative video games business, through to an IPO.

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With an investment partner on board, we are now well placed to make further acquisitions and roll out complementary services.”
Frances Rus
CEO, Duncan & Todd

Types of private
equity deals

Different types of private equity deals will suit different situations – from family businesses looking to succession plan, founder-led firms looking to de-risk or non-core divisions of larger groups looking to break free.

In each case and with the right partner, you can shape the deal structure and shareholding – from majority to minority.

Management buyout (MBO)

If you want to buy a share in the business you run, private equity can help you gain control through a management buyout (MBO).

In the last five years, LDC has supported more mid-market MBOs than any other private equity house in the UK. We take a flexible approach, supporting you with a minority or majority investment.

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BOFA International: Reaching growth potential

The fume-extraction specialist transformed from a small family business to an international market-leader during our partnership.

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Secondary buyout (SBO)

Businesses with existing private equity investment often benefit from the fresh approach of a new investor through a secondary buyout (SBO).

You know how private equity works, but you’re not finished. And perhaps you’re looking for a different type of partnership, one with greater flexibility and a longer-term view?

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Duncan & Todd: Regional expansion through buy and build

Optical provider sets it sights on further acquisitions following six in the first 12 months of secondary buyout.

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Development capital

Development capital – also known as growth capital or growth funding – is a capital injection into your business to further growth without a change in ownership.

LDC often partners with business founders or leaders to invest for a minority shareholding, backing you and your team to deliver future growth with confidence.

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Fever-Tree: Doubling enterprise value

LDC proved the perfect tonic for premium mixers brand Fever-Tree supporting the management team pre-IPO.

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Corporate carve out

A corporate carve out or disposal via private equity can create a deal structure that suits for all parties – working with the management team to buy the business, remove barriers and take the business forward.

In the last 18 months alone LDC has completed seven corporate carve outs, with a combined value of more than £250m.

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The NEC Group: backing a four-year transformation

Playing a key role in helping to transform The NEC Group, the UK’s live-events business of choice.

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