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Investing in private equity

Investing in private equity

Traditional private equity funds are difficult for most private investors to access. Minimum commitment sizes are typically at least £5m, and investors commit to a long term obligation to fund a private equity managers’ investment programme. This commitment is typically through a ten year limited partnership fund, with a five year investment period, and requires careful management of cash resources to ensure that all commitments can be met. It can also be difficult to sell fund interests, as secondary market liquidity can be limited.

Like all asset classes, manager selection is key. However, unlike traditional asset classes such as equities or bonds, the dispersion of returns in private equity is far more pronounced. Historically, top performing private equity managers have materially outperformed public markets; the same cannot always be said for median or poorer performing managers. To safeguard against mediocre returns, extensive due diligence on the private equity manager, its track record, investment strategy and competitive differentiators is essential, as are strong relationships with funds managed by top performing firms, which are often oversubscribed and hard to access.

Share price (ICGT)

834p
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Net Asset Value

1,127p
As of 31 July 2020
Next update: January 2021 – Q3 results
Year Net assets NAV per share Share price Dividends per share
Jan 2020 £794m 1,152p 966p 23p
Jan 2019 £731m 1,057p 822p 22p
Jan 2018 £664m 959p 818p 21p
Jan 2017 £613m 871p 698p 20p
Jan 2016 £521m 731p 545p 11p
Jan 2015 £507m 695p 575p 15.5p
Jan 2014 £494m 677p 563p 15.5p
Jan 2013 £460m 631p 487p 5p
Jan 2012 £415m 569p 357p 5p
Jan 2011 £389m 534p 308p 2.25p
Dec 2009 £338m 464p 305p 2.25p
Dec 2008 £327m 449p 187p 4.5p