Hg’s investment in German lighting specialist SLV has all the hallmarks of a classic private equity investment, allowing a founder owner to realise a profit from years of hard work, and supporting the business in the next stage of its growth.
Following the acquisition in 2007, SLV proved extremely resilient through the financial downturn, driven by market share gains, a highly scalable platform, cost discipline and control over its value chain. Under Hg’s ownership, SLV became a stronger and even more competitive company, expanding into many new geographies and growing jobs, benefiting its employees, its customers and its investors. Hg sold SLV in 2011.
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