Souter Investments today reported that it continues to produce exceptional returns, generating a net return of 21% per annum over the three years to 31 March 2013.
The family investment office of transport entrepreneur Sir Brian Souter, Souter Investments’ results and investment strategy are laid out in its 2013 Investment Review, published today.
Souter Investments’ strategy has been to:
- Retain a core holding in Stagecoach Group plc where Sir Brian is co-founder and chairman. Returns from Stagecoach have been very strong at 11% per annum over six years.
- Build a diversified portfolio, targeting private equity opportunities in both the transport sector, via sister company Highland Global Transport, and non- transport sectors.
- Invest through the cycle and maintain an opportunistic approach to investment opportunities.
Sir Brian Souter said: “We held our nerve throughout the recession, took some brave decisions, invested through the cycle and benefitted from having access to capital when many investors were avoiding risk.
“As the financial situation improves it will be more difficult for us to find deals priced at the low multiples we paid during the depths of the recession.
“To counter this, we are now seeking and finding a substantial increase in deal flow and we have a sizable war chest to invest in the right opportunities.
“Looking forward we are confident that Souter Investments will continue to invest in successful companies, however replicating the returns achieved in the last three and six years will be a significant challenge”
Andy Macfie, Managing Director of Souter Investments, said: “Over the last six years we have generated an exceptional performance, outperforming both UK and US stock markets, and most private equity funds.
“We have acquired some attractive assets which are well placed to continue to grow strongly in the years to come.”
Over the period, Souter Investments made eight substantial private equity investments in the transport sector and nine major investments in other sectors including financial services, telecommunications and recycling.
Its unquoted companies, based in the UK, Poland, Australia, Turkey, New Zealand and Latin America, have a combined turnover of £1.8bn and employ around 10,000 people worldwide.
In the last year Souter Investments has successfully exited from esure Group, Sunseeker, Argent Energy and Wireless Infrastructure Group.
Recent investments include Irish book publisher CJ Fallon, road traffic accident claims management company Winn Solicitors and fund administration platform Investment Solutions (subject to regulatory approval).
Souter Investments has also supported the acquisition led and organic growth of portfolio companies Alexander Dennis, Virgin Mobile Latin America and PolskiBus.com.
The Souter Charitable Trust has been a major beneficiary of Souter Investments’ exceptional performance. During the six year period reported, the Souter Charitable Trust, which is funded solely by Sir Brian and Lady Souter, has donated more than £45m to good causes.
Over the three years to 31 March 2013, the Souter Charitable Trust has awarded more than 3,000 grants with a value of £24m to projects aimed at relieving human suffering both in the UK and overseas.
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