We buy companies
If you own 100% of your business you might think that a trade sale is the only way for you to sell the company and realise your investment. However, unlike private equity firms, we are happy to acquire 100% of a business and, because it’s our own money at stake, we’ll work hard to support the remaining management, protect your brand and ensure the business reaches its full potential.
Where we do buy 100% of a company, we like there to be some management in the business in addition to the selling shareholder(s) because we recognise that the continued success of the business needs the input, skills and dedication of the remaining team. Our preference is to bring them in as shareholders too as we like some element of employee ownership. That means Nevis and the management are aligned and working towards the same goal – the long term success of the business.
Case studies – 100% acquisitions:
We buy minority or majority stakes
Over time, it isn’t unusual for shareholder goals and objectives to change or for them to diverge. Age profile, risk profile, ambition – any number of reasons can emerge that mean the right thing for the business and its owners is for one or more shareholders to sell. Often people assume that this means the whole business needs to be sold but this isn’t the case.
At Nevis we’re happy to buy the shares of those shareholders who want to leave and to help and support the shareholders who want to continue the story. While there are often skills that are lost when a shareholder goes, we can bring experience, expertise and a network to help replace them.
Case studies – Majority stakes:
Case studies – Minority stakes:
We can be flexible but most businesses we work with will meet at least some of the following criteria:
- A consistent track record of between £500,000 and £1,500,000 of annual profit.
- A high level of repeat customers.
- Long serving employees.
- Some retainable management.
- UK based
If your business has some or all of these qualities then give us a call – we’d be delighted to meet and can quickly let you know whether or not we think we’d be a good fit for your business.