Overview


Graphite Capital is a leading independent private equity investor focused on the UK mid-market. We have been raising and managing private equity funds since 1981.

We have partnered with a large number of management teams across most industry sectors, identifying strategies to drive revenue and profit growth over the long term. Our investment approach is open-minded and flexible, centred on building strong partnerships with our portfolio companies.

Graphite’s investment team operates from a single office in London with no external investment committees, enabling us to put the emphasis on rapid decision-making and deliverability.

Over the last 25 years we have made over 120 investments, of which over three-quarters have been realised. We have generated an annual return of 35 per cent from these realisations. Graphite currently manages more than £1.5 billion of funds for institutional and private shareholders. We raised our most recent fund in November 2013 with total commitments of over £500 million.

Our funds

Graphite Capital is an independent partnership, investing on behalf of a broad range of institutional and private investors.

Our most recent fund, Graphite Capital Partners VIII, raised £500 million from 25 institutional investors across the globe in November 2013. Our investors represent a broad range of institutions, including pension funds, insurance companies, endowment funds and specialist funds-of-funds.

Between 1981 and early 2016, we also managed a London Stock Exchange-listed investment trust, Graphite Enterprise Trust PLC, with net assets of over £500 million in unquoted companies, primarily through specialist third-party funds. Under our management, Graphite Enterprise grew its net assets almost 30-fold.

Our style

Our investment approach is open-minded and flexible, centred upon developing strong relationships with our portfolio companies.

We are forthright in our views on investment prospects and consistent in our feedback throughout the transaction process. We deal proactively with potential issues during due diligence, enabling us to concentrate on the key investment features. Our five most senior managers form Graphite’s investment committee, enabling rapid decision-making and deliverability.

Drawing on our investment expertise and contacts, we support and add value to our portfolio companies. We encourage growth, both organically and by acquisition, and provide appropriate operational, strategic and financial support.

We ensure that the same investment executives work closely with a management team from the early stages of a transaction to an eventual exit. We also typically appoint a chairman or independent non-executive director to provide additional expertise.

Businesses we have backed

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Current fund size

£500 million

 

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Investments since 1991

100+

Graphite has been an excellent partner, positively contributing to the board’s strategic thinking.

Frank Collins, CEO, Summit Medical

We chose Graphite as our backer as they shared our strategic vision and consistently delivered against tight deadlines.

Rosaleen Blair, CEO, Alexander Mann Solutions

Throughout the deal evaluation and now under their ownership, we have been impressed with Graphite’s analytical rigour and ability to add value.

John Bowman, CEO, Education Personnel