SFO has been investing relatively successfully in Private Equity for over 30 years. Such experience is shared with our clients in the following areas:
- Advising on Private Equity projects and structures
- Monitoring the financial side of the investments and planning financial strategy
- Proposing equity participation to clients and devising exit strategies
The following are examples of current investments.
Switch Concepts Ltd
Switch Concepts Ltd is a UK based company that has developed and provides online real-time trading platform to publishers. Thanks to its proprietary technology Switch allows publishers to supercharge their online ad revenue. The Company was ranked second in the Sunday Times 2013 survey of the faster growing tech companies in UK. In 2013 Switch Concepts Ltd had revenues of approx. GBP 14.5million, with EBIDTA of approx. GBP 1million. We expect rapid growth to continue in both sales and operating profits. SFO owns approximately 15% of the equity since inception.
Le Pain Quotidien Russia Ltd
LPQ Russia Ltd is the leading premium bakery retail operator in Russia, and operates 43 bakery-cafes in Moscow, St.Petersburg and Sochi, under the Brand Names of “Le Pain Quotidien” and Nash Khleb. The Group had approximately revenues of GBP 23million in 2013, and is targeting revenues of GBP 110million in 2017, with a planned EBIDTA of GBP 19million and 250 operating shops. SFO controls approximately 8% of the equity.
Streetlife Ltd is the only UK wide local social network. Unlike social media such as Facebook or Twitter, which help you keep in touch with people all over the world, Streetlife lets you reach out to people in your local area who you may not already know. Streetlife is in a development stage and is planning to raise funds in 2014 for approx. GBP 15million. SFO controls approximately 7% of the equity.
The Minatura Group is in the business of exploring, developing and extracting precious and base metals in Colombia and West Africa. Cordoba Minerals Corp, a Canadian listed company, which operates the Cordoba property in Colombia is partly owned by Minatura. The company has recently published promising results on exploration and successfully raised CAD 15mn in January 2014 to fund ongoing exploration. SFO controls just under 1% of the equity.