Technology

Graphite has been highly successful in growing businesses whose technology gives them a competitive edge.

With almost all our core sectors impacted by technological change in recent years, we have developed a broad understanding of the impact of technology and are well qualified both to assess product and service providers and to advise portfolio companies on the development of their digital strategies. IT has played a significant role in the development of our recent investments in human capital and consumer businesses, underpinning the way they deliver high-quality service delivery to blue-chip clients and consumers, both in the UK and internationally. We have recently acquired Random42, a global leader in the provision of digital animation services to the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies.

Our track record of investing in technology-led businesses includes Computacenter which developed into one of the UK’s leading IT service providers, generating a return of 13.0x cost; Alexander Mann Solutions, an IT-focused global leader in recruitment process outsourcing (3.6x cost); and Kurt Geiger, a leading retailer and distributor of design-led footwear (2.6x cost), where online revenues increased 11-fold during the period of our investment. We are currently supporting nGAGE, a diversified recruitment business, in the roll-out of proprietary software products, and Explore Learning, a leading provider of after-school tuition services, with significant investment in its content distribution platform.