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WHY PRIVATE EQUITY

Since LDC was established in 1981, we’ve supported the management teams of 600 businesses on their growth journeys. We take pride in our understanding of the companies we invest in, the sector they operate in, and their region. And, as the private equity arm of Lloyds Banking Group, we are able to be more flexible in our approach to partnership.

Here’s why some of the portfolio company leaders who secured investment in 2018 chose private equity and LDC.

Precision Micro

Europe’s market-leading photo chemical etching company

Ian McMurray, Managing Director, Precision Micro
Sector
Industrials
Location
Birmingham
Investment
£22.5m
Date
April 2018
Deal type
Carve Out

Ian McMurray, Managing Director, Precision Micro: “Securing the backing of an experienced and supportive partner like LDC means we can invest further in the business, leveraging our unrivalled technical expertise and processing capabilities to further support our customers around the world with increasingly sophisticated requirements. This is an exciting time for our team as we invest in our future growth.”

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Zip World

Award-winning outdoor adventure business

Sean Taylor, Director and Co-Founder, Zip World
Sector
Travel & Leisure
HQ
Wales
Investment
Minority in a £45m deal
Date
December 2018
Deal type
Management Buyout

Sean Taylor, Director and Co-Founder, Zip World: “We are incredibly confident in the future of the adventure tourism industry and have ambitions to deliver Zip World's iconic experiences to more customers and create more unique new attractions. LDC shares our enthusiasm and vision and we now have the additional capital and expertise needed to fire up our growth plans in Wales and beyond.”

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Love Energy Savings

Energy price comparison specialist for business

Phil Foster, CEO and Co-Founder, Love Energy Savings
Sector
Support services
HQ
Bolton
Investment
£25m
Date
September 2018
Deal type
Secondary Buyout

Phil Foster, CEO and Co-Founder, Love Energy Savings: “Bringing LDC on board will enable us to build on our momentum and ensure we can continue to give our customers, old and new, an unrivalled service when it comes to quality and value for money. In LDC we have a partner that not only provides the financial backing we need to turbocharge growth, but one with a strong track record of driving growth at technology-led businesses in the energy sector.”

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Duncan & Todd

Leading optical provider in Scotland

Frances Rus, CEO, Duncan & Todd
Sector
Retail & Consumer
HQ
Aberdeen
Investment
£15m
Date
March 2018
Deal type
Secondary Buyout

Frances Rus, CEO, Duncan & Todd: “On partnering with LDC, the objective was to hit the ground running. Our first acquisition has been a significant step for the business as we enter the next phase of our growth ambitions. With an investment partner on board, we are now well placed to make further acquisitions and roll out complementary healthcare services.”

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Neilson Active Holidays

The UK's leading provider of overseas active holidays

David Taylor, CEO, Neilson Active Holidays
Sector
Travel & Leisure
HQ
Brighton
Investment
Undisclosed
Date
August 2018
Deal type
Secondary Buyout

David Taylor, CEO, Neilson Active Holidays: “LDC has a successful track record in the travel industry, but most importantly the investment team bought into our vision and growth strategy completely. This is critically important as we embark on the next phase of our journey. Our focus is now on accelerating the growth of our award winning beachclubs and mountain hotels into new resorts and destinations for people to enjoy our holidays all year round.”

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Martin Audio

Designer and manufacturer of premium high-performance loudspeaker systems

Dom Harter, Managing Director, Martin Audio
Sector
TMT
HQ
Buckinghamshire
Investment
£12m
Date
July 2018
Deal type
Carve Out

Dom Harter, Managing Director, Martin Audio: “Being a trusted brand and operating in a growing market means the time is right for us to fast-track the growth of the business. The next phase of our journey needs a growth-focused partner like LDC and the team has demonstrated a shared vision for the business from the outset. Our focus is now on developing our product line even further, and ensuring we have a rock-solid infrastructure in place to extend our global reach and drive market share.”

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NBS

Technology provider for the architectural, engineering and construction industries

Richard Waterhouse, CEO, NBS
Sector
TMT
HQ
Newcastle
Investment
£31.8m
Date
June 2018
Deal type
Partnership

Richard Waterhouse, CEO, NBS: “We are delighted to be working with LDC on the next stage of our growth plan that will see NBS strengthen its offering in the UK and overseas, following a recent expansion into Canada and Australia. Bringing in a new partner alongside our long term investor, the RIBA, will create the perfect mix of experience in the market with high growth expertise.”

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