Private Equity

We invest directly in private companies and help their management teams build outstanding businesses.

Property

Through our investment in real estate markets we aim to make positive change for local communities.

Real Assets

We provide capital to fund essential infrastructure which deliver strong cash flow generation.

Hedge Funds

Hedge Funds remain the largest alternatives asset class globally, providing access to uncorrelated returns.

WoodPoint Capital manages a series of specialist investment funds.

WoodPoint Capital is a specialist alternative investment firm responsible for assets across private equity, real estate, real assets and hedge funds. We focus on providing our institutional and qualified clients access to global investment opportunities in these asset classes. We realize potential in private markets by financing and developing great companies, sought-after real estate and essential infrastructure.

Investing in private markets

Private markets are valued as an attractive means to diversify a portfolio and achieve enhanced long-term return potential. In these markets, experience, investment insight and access are key.

What is private equity?

In its broadest sense, private equity is an ownership interest in a company or portion of a company that is not publicly owned, quoted or traded on a stock exchange.

In financial terms, private equity generally refers to equity-related finance designed to bring about positive change in a company, such as:

  • Growing a new business
  • Bringing about operational change
  • Financing an acquisition
  • Taking a public company private

Because private equity returns are achieved through operational improvements and financial restructuring, the experience and leadership ability of the private equity manager are paramount.

Public Equity vs Private Equity

Public Equity:

  • Public information
  • Passive investors
  • Quarterly earnings focus
  • Traditional incentive structures (options, restricted stock grants)

Private Equity:

  • Use private information to reach decision
  • Investors as operators
  • Multi-year strategic planning
  • Ability to retain entrepreneurs and attract skilled managers through equity participation

When would a company seek private equity investment?

Private equity investments span all stages of a company’s life cycle.

  • Venture capital. Seed money and funding for start-up and early-stage companies.
  • Development, expansion or growth capital. An investment to help mature companies bring a new product to market, invest in a new plant or acquire a company.
  • Buyout capital. Funding used to purchase an existing company or one of its divisions.
  • Mezzanine (subordinated) debt. Debt financing used in a buyout.
  • Restructuring capital. Capital infusion for distressed companies undergoing financial or operational reorganization.

How do private equity firms create value?

When a firm invests in a company, they do so because they believe they can enhance the value of the asset. For Growth Equity firms in particular, often times, they are targeting middle-market companies that have expanded as far as their current resources and management team can take them. For these companies, teaming with a Private Equity firm provides access not only to capital but also a wealth of invaluable resources, such as operational executives, industry experts, new suppliers, economies of scale and access to new markets. A private equity sponsor can leverage its extensive network to improve management, logistics, infrastructure and other essential components of a business that can take years to develop separately.

Why should I consider private markets?

A “60/40” allocation to stocks and bonds may no longer be enough to provide investors with the returns and diversification needed to achieve their long-term goals. When screened for correlation to other parts of a portfolio, alternatives such as private market investments may help lower volatility, enhance returns and broaden diversification.