Private equity

Two private equity trusts: one to buy, one to avoid
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Two private equity trusts: one to buy, one to avoid

The tech boom has fostered a lot of great businesses, but with many backed by private equity, few retail investors have been able to profit. Here, Max…
30 Jul 2021
Private equity swoops on UK companies
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Private equity swoops on UK companies

Private equity firms have struck 13 deals in Britain so far this year worth a total of almost $31bn – more than double the number for the whole of 202…
30 Jul 2021
Pandemic plunderers target Daily Mail
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Pandemic plunderers target Daily Mail

Share in Daily Mail and General Trust jumped by 10% this week after rumours that the newspaper business would be taken private.
16 Jul 2021
Tate & Lyle takeover proves sweet for private equity
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Tate & Lyle takeover proves sweet for private equity

Tate & Lyle has proved an enticing morsel for private-equity group KPS Capital Partners, which is buying part of its operations. Matthew Partridge rep…
16 Jul 2021
Demand for equities is high right now – but supply is rising to meet it
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Demand for equities is high right now – but supply is rising to meet it

Investors can’t get enough of equities. And with 2021 set to be a record year for stockmarket listings, there will be plenty available. But not everyt…
13 Jul 2021
Private equity's supermarket sweep
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Private equity's supermarket sweep

The private-equity battle for Wm Morrison is intensifying now that it has accepted a bid from Fortress Investment. Matthew Partridge reports
9 Jul 2021
If a company is cheap enough for private equity, why isn’t it cheap enough for everyone else?
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If a company is cheap enough for private equity, why isn’t it cheap enough for everyone else?

If a private equity firm thinks a company like Wm Morrison is undervalued, why isn’t it in everyone’s portfolio? Merryn Somerset Webb mulls the myster…
5 Jul 2021
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Record M&A activity is usually a toppy sign – what does it mean today?
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Record M&A activity is usually a toppy sign – what does it mean today?

Merger and acquisitions activity has hit an all-time high. That’s classic bubble behaviour, says John Stepek. But does it mark the top of the market n…
2 Jul 2021
Private equity isn’t evil, it’s just doing what traditional investors should be doing
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Private equity isn’t evil, it’s just doing what traditional investors should be doing

Many people are decrying private equity companies snapping up UK companies on the cheap. But If fund managers did their jobs properly, there would be …
29 Jun 2021
The UK stockmarket is bargain central for private-equity funds
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The UK stockmarket is bargain central for private-equity funds

Private-equity giants are snapping up British companies. We should welcome them, says Matthew Lynn.
25 Jun 2021
How to join the private-equity party
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How to join the private-equity party

Private-equity groups are chewing their way through the FTSE. It’s not ideal – but if you can’t beat ’em...
25 Jun 2021
Morrisons takeover bid: supermarket is an attractive target for private-equity buyers
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Morrisons takeover bid: supermarket is an attractive target for private-equity buyers

A private-equity group has made an offer for Morrisons, Britain’s fourth-largest supermarket. Other bids are likely to emerge. Matthew Partridge repor…
25 Jun 2021
Morrisons is just the start – get ready for a private equity feeding frenzy
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Morrisons is just the start – get ready for a private equity feeding frenzy

The bid to buy the Morrisons supermarket chain is the latest example of UK listed companies being snapped up by private equity groups. It won’t be the…
21 Jun 2021
Private equity funds: get strong returns from these bargain investment trusts
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Private equity funds: get strong returns from these bargain investment trusts

Private-equity investment trusts are a way to buy into a high-performing sector that’s out of reach for most individual investors. Many of these funds…
2 Apr 2021
The best ways to invest in private equity
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The best ways to invest in private equity

Cheap debt and high fees have been a winning formula for private equity. Investors should consider buying the fund managers as much as the funds, says…
2 Apr 2021
Ordinary investors are missing out as private equity takes over
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Ordinary investors are missing out as private equity takes over

Companies are turning their backs on public stockmarkets and raising more and more money from private equity. Merryn Somerset Webb explains why this i…
1 Sep 2020
Investment trusts that should profit from private equity
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Investment trusts that should profit from private equity

Private equity has recovered steadily from its spring slump, but still offers value. Max King casts his eye over five investment trusts specialising i…
30 Jun 2020
Oakley Capital: a tasty private equity fund at a bargain price
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Oakley Capital: a tasty private equity fund at a bargain price

Oakley Capital, the private-equity fund, is cheap, yet its investments are flourishing, says Max King.
19 Dec 2019
Unleash the power of private equity
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Unleash the power of private equity

Technology-focused private equity fund HG Capital Trust is a successful investor in unlisted companies that has shrugged off political uncertainty
15 Oct 2019
Beware the rise of private markets
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Beware the rise of private markets

These days, if you want to be in the growth game you need to be invested in private markets. But that's a worrying trend, says Merryn Somerset Webb.
6 Jun 2019
The opportunities for investors in private equity
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The opportunities for investors in private equity

A shift away from listed stocks towards privately-held companies reflects the advantages of private equity. No portfolio should be without exposure to…
4 Apr 2019
Public markets are dying – the future is private
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Public markets are dying – the future is private

The number of companies listed on public stockmarkets is falling, while private equity is on the rise. Matthew Partridge talks to Helen Steer of PE ho…
13 Nov 2018