Private Equity Deals Poised for Strong Rebound

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Private Equity Poised for Robust Second Half: LDC. 

Private equity firm LDC anticipates a rebound in PE over the medium and long term periods. The firm, an affiliate of Lloyds Banking Group, has backed a total of 18 investments this year.  LDC expects a spike in transactions for the second half of 2020, as well as a pick-up in 2021. The firm plans to invest $1.2 billion GBP over the next few years.  LDC announced intentions to diversify its portfolio and explore the market for new options and investment opportunities.  Some of these investments include Connect Health, Ashtons Hospital Pharmacy Services, James and James Fulfilment, and Solid Solutions.  LDC is also looking to back MSQ Partners’ investment in Be Heard Partnership, as well as Linley & Simpson’s acquisition.  During the pandemic, LDC moved on a “buy and build” strategy within its current portfolio and pipeline of investment opportunities.  

Outlook

According to LDC Chief Executive Officer Martin Draper, “For many, acquisitions of competitor or complementary firms – whether bolt-on or more transformational – provide the perfect opportunity to scale and diversify, making them more resilient in the long run. As we’ve seen in previous crises, it’s in times like these when firms can create significant shareholder value through strategic acquisitions…Whilst new transaction activity was understandably slower in April and May, there are signs that the M&A market is rebounding with far more discussion and activity. Despite the many real challenges posed by Coronavirus, the fact remains there are businesses out there with robust and realistic growth strategies looking for partners who are able to support their longer-term ambitions as they navigate through the current climate. Our recent investments are testament to that.”  LDC has divested from companies such as Fishawack Health and Pure Cottages.  The firm will continue to invest in small and mid-sized companies to seek to help bolster shareholder value.  Ultimately, the private equity industry is hopeful the long term investments will provide significant upside going forward.  

About LDC

LDC, or Lloyd’s Developmental Capital Limited, is a mid-market private equity firm based in London.  LDC’s portfolio includes sectors such as travel & leisure, industrials, healthcare, construction, support services, and technology.  Strategies other than buy and build include international strategies, business improvement, and organic strategies. 

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