Private capital is often available to fuel accelerated growth and provide the current shareowners with liquidity, wealth diversification, further opportunity for capital gains, and continuation of the entrepreneurial corporate culture while also providing the company with a stronger advisory board for strategic decision making.
Successful entrepreneurs often have 80% or more of their net worth tied up in an illiquid single security in a company that is also usually dependent upon their ongoing personal involvement.
Selling some equity to the right financial partner provides entrepreneurs with personal liquidity, wealth diversification, and lifestyle choices, while extending their opportunity for further capital gains as the company grows.
Although the current owners will have a smaller slice of the equity “cake” following a private equity recapitalization, within a few years that “slice” could be worth considerably more than the whole “cake” was before the recapitalization transaction.
A private equity investor works to increase the company’s value through active participation on the company’s Board to develop and execute achievable plans and targets.
While they do not exercise day-to-day management control, they have access to high caliber management talent from around the world for portfolio companies and they bring capital resources to fuel accelerated growth.
Since private equity firms are financial investors, entrepreneurs can rely on their private equity partner to drive the next liquidity event on a timely basis, usually another recapitalization or a sale to a strategic buyer.
Of course, a subsequent recap transaction affords management yet another opportunity for partial liquidity with ongoing equity participation in the company.
A recap with the right private equity firm can provide personal liquidity for the current shareowners, strategic and financial resources for the company, and equity participation and rewards for key managers.
For more information, contact our team of industry experts at Impact Capital Group