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An end to the easy gains

Maximising operational value is essential in this era of high multiples and recession planning, says Gary Hoover of TBM Consulting Group.

Are my procurement savings hitting the bottom line?

The lack of effective systems to record and track procurement cost reductions has long been a source of frustration for private equity owners. One answer is to invest in a technology platform capable of monitoring standalone and portfolio wide performance, says Declan Feeney of global procurement consultancy Efficio.

How brand integration drives value

Developing a successful brand can bolster buy-and-build strategies by creating a platform that is more attractive to acquisition targets, says Phillip McMillan, CEO of strategic growth consultants CompleteSpectrum.

Are you spending too much on sales?

Sales leaders are too busy trying to hit their revenue targets to focus on cost inefficiencies, says Blue Ridge Partners managing partner Jim Corey.

Value-creating merger strategies

More than two-thirds of bolt-on acquisitions don’t achieve the expected synergies, largely because buyers don’t plan the integration properly, says Jon Caforio of RSM.

Value creation in carve-out deals

With competition for deals intense and purchase price multiples reaching all-time highs, private equity houses are increasingly turning to corporate carve-outs to generate returns. PwC partner Tobias Blaser explains how to create maximum value from these non-core assets.

The eight levers that generate growth

Nordic Capital’s Olof Faxander and Peter Thorninger explain how sharing a ‘commercial excellence toolbox’ has added value across the portfolio.

Africa special: Actis looks beyond the headlines

The firm's Natalie Kolbe and Rick Phillips discuss how investors can find openings in both good times and bad.

Africa special: why the continent has the edge on Asian PE

Peter Baird of Investec Asset Management says the stage is now set for attractive private equity investments and exits.

Old Mutual sees ‘enormous opportunity’ in South Africa

Political reforms and the creation of a new free trade area will prove a boon for the continent’s biggest economy, says Paul Boynton, the CEO of Old Mutual Alternative Investments.

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