Why Company Voluntary Arrangements need to be reviewed

Why Company Voluntary Arrangements need to be reviewed

Jeremy Smith Blog, Private Equity, Retail

In this discussion piece 4C Associates’ Jeremy Smith shares his views about how Company Voluntary Arrangements have become the go to solution for a number of PE firms and how this can unfairly affect suppliers. Many retailers are caught up in a perfect storm characterised by weak consumer spending, increased competition and the shift to online shopping. The latest figures …

Using data analytics to enhance the bottom line

Using data analytics to enhance the bottom line

Jeremy Smith Blog, Private Equity

The exponential increase in the amount of data available means there are more opportunities than ever for businesses to drive profitable growth and enterprise value. Many companies are already making use of the data available to them and a survey published by Forbes found that 53% of companies have adopted big data practices, up from 17% in 2015. However, there …

Managing operational change in periods of economic volatility

Managing operational change in periods of economic volatility

Jeremy Smith Blog, Private Equity

Operational change is vital for any business that wants to stay relevant, especially in times of economic uncertainty. It is equally important in the realm of Private Equity, where acquisitions and accelerated organisational change go hand in hand. Competitive industries demand continuous innovation and changing market forces cannot serve as an excuse to delay necessary transformation. However, managing the need …

Procurement: The Underdog in Private Equity

Procurement: The Underdog in Private Equity

Zachary Bachir Blog, Private Equity

Most executives in the PE world understand that procurement helps embed commercial discipline within an organisation by managing its spend patterns and behaviours. The more robust its policies and processes, the more this value is reflected in the bottom line. But there’s a bigger reason behind procurement’s appeal, and that’s because it can be easily leveraged to deliver significant EBITDA …

Improving supply chain due diligence in private equity

Improving supply chain due diligence in private equity

Jeremy Smith Blog, Private Equity

Be honest, how rigorous is your operational due diligence at bid phase? It seems that the reality is that the business mantra of ‘plan for the worst and hope for the best’ seems to be one that is conveniently overlooked when assessing pricing decisions in a market where a 15% acquisition success rate is viewed favourably and risks feel like …

Enabling transparency, control and EBITDA growth through procurement technology

Enabling transparency, control and EBITDA growth through procurement technology

Jeremy Smith Blog, Private Equity

Mid-market private equity owned organisations usually have a short history of rapid growth or intensive merger & acquisition / bolt-on activity. Their next phase of growth is usually based on product or regional expansion and whilst investing in this approach it is vital that cost control is not forsaken. If, and it will be a nice problem to have, growth …

Theresa May’s crackdown on M&A ‘Asset-Strippers’ and the importance of Procurement

Theresa May’s crackdown on M&A ‘Asset-Strippers’ and the importance of Procurement

Jack Greenwood Blog, M&A, Private Equity

4C Associates’ Jack Greenwood considers how the Conservative Party’s Manifesto could impact M&A activity and lead to Procurement playing a growing role in Private Equity. Following the Conservative Party’s troubles during the Snap General Election, Prime Minister Theresa May will move to turn things around by implementing her party’s Manifesto. One key aspect of this document looks to block Investor …

Driving revenue growth and enhancing EBITDA though effective supplier relationship management

Driving revenue growth and enhancing EBITDA though effective supplier relationship management

Jeremy Smith Blog, Private Equity

Despite a reputation as a simple cost-cutter, Procurement can and should contribute more within the realm of Private Equity. A modern Procurement department can balance cost optimisation and growth enhancement to deliver increased value to Private Equity boardrooms and actively shape a business’s strategic direction and competitive differentiation. When the goal is to grow top-line revenue, as it often is …

Private Equity and the Role of Procurement

Whitepaper: Private Equity and the Role of Procurement

Jeremy Smith Blog, Private Equity, Whitepapers

Despite a reputation as a simple cost-cutter, Procurement can and should contribute more within the realm of Private Equity. Financial engineering is no longer the default means through which Private Equity firms aim to generate value and reliance is shifting towards maximising revenue growth, enhancing working capital and creating higher enterprise value through financial management. Each of these areas represents …

How Brexit could impact European private equity investments

How Brexit could impact European private equity investments

Milan Panchmatia Blog, Brexit, Private Equity

As Europe continues to wait for economic stability to return, Milan Panchmatia considers how the UK’s vote to leave might affect equity markets. While the exact impact of leaving the European Union is still unknown, it is clear that Brexit will affect British and European businesses in a number of ways. Initially, currency fluctuations and volatile conditions are likely to …