Meridian Equity is a privately-owned investor in UK businesses. We do not focus on businesses within specific sectors; rather we judge each opportunity on its own merits. We then work with vendors and management teams to complete transactions in a timely, efficient and confidential manner. We invest between £500,000 and £5 million of equity per transaction.
We view ourselves as management’s partner. We have developed a track record of backing, supporting, and financially rewarding management who deliver realistic and agreed targets. This philosophy has become the backbone of our investment approach, and has resulted in superior returns for us and our management teams. Above all, our management partners see us as a straightforward source of advice and support. We are their ally.
In recent years, we have focused increasingly on investments where a fast transaction is necessary, for whatever reason. It may be that the business has a fundamentally sound and proven model but is facing financial difficulties due to factors unrelated to its general trading. This may involve the business being over geared, a negative one-off event occurring such as a bad debt or the loss of a major customer, or merely being part of a group that has faltered.
In addition, a fast transaction may be necessary for reasons completely unrelated to the business at all. Maybe an owner manager just wishes to quickly sell and retire from the business or indeed management have been given a small time frame by which to complete an Management Buy Out.
We seek to support existing management wherever possible, whether they are first line or second line management able to take that step up to running the business.