The common thread that runs through all of our investments is the above average operational support we provide to the firms we engage with. Our core principle is to be a hands-on partner and an extension of the management team where appropriate. We roll up our sleeves and get beneath the numbers in order to realize value others often miss.
To achieve this, we have assembled an experienced and complementary team. Our team members have held various senior executive roles across a wide range of industries. We bring extensive experience in de-complexing and aligning the organizational structure with strategy.
Change is at the heart of our investment approach and can take on various forms:
- TRANSITION: from entrepreneurial to professional
At a given point in time, the sale of a family business becomes necessary to free up some capital (“de risking”) and to allow the next generation to pursue their own interests. Private equity firms usually feel more comfortable about transition if they invest in companies with a strong management in place We however, thanks to our operational and managerial background, feel comfortable investing in family businesses where the management structure has remained informal and the decision power has remained largely in the hands of the founder.
We are the ideal investor for families that seek a hands on partner to assist with the challenge of transitioning from the informally managed, unstructured directly controlled model, to a delegated, structured, formally managed business.
- CARVE-OUT: from corporate business unit to stand-alone business
Our team is experienced with complex corporate carve outs helping business units to reposition themselves as successful standalone companies. We have a wealth of insight into the challenges and complexities of this type of investment We leverage our operational resources to quickly transform the operation into a we. ll performing standalone business with appropriate infrastructure to support long term success
- STRUCTURE: from running the business to growing the business
Everything changes when you scale. What got you here won’t get you there. When growth plans call for doing things that are entirely new say, expanding into new geographies or adding products it’s well worth examining the existing organizational structures to see if they’re flexible enough to support the new initiatives Sometimes they won’t be. To support future growth, your company needs well defined business processes and ways of working. Without the proper structure in place, you will have to put more time and effort into just running the business, rather than growing it.
Partnering with us will allow you to manage organizational complexity early, drastically improving the odds that your growth plans will succeed.
- RESTRUCTURE: from underperforming to overperforming
A turnaround is needed in situations of organizational distress, where companies have lower than average profitability within their industry. Typical areas of attention will be increasing revenue and capital efficiency, whilst reducing organizational complexity and costs.
Companies facing financial distress will require similar measures, but due to the short term liquidity challenges, the first step will be to restructure the balance sheet, stopping the cash drain and installing sufficient financial headroom to allow the company to address the root causes of its problems.
Our financial strength, flexibility, speed of execution and extensive experience in executing turnarounds and restructuring efforts enable us to efficiently resolve situations of distress.