Just What is a Private Equity Investment?

By: Dr. John Zabasky, Ma, Mba, Phd
Private equities are equity securities of companies that have not listed their stock on a public exchange. As they are not listed on an exchange, any investor who wishes to sell these securities in private companies must find a buyer in the absence of a public marketplace/exchange. Thus, Investors in private securities require other avenues to gain a return on their investments. This return may come in a variety of ways: an initial public offering, a sale or merger, or through participating preferred shares.
The last option, participating preferred shares, is the most reliable and consistent. If offers investors the opportunity to directly participate in the profits of the company in which they invested. These profits are generally paid out in qualified dividends on a quarterly basis.

The fact that they are qualified dividends makes private equity through participating preferred shares even more attractive because the tax rate for most individuals is only 15% on the income received.
The main sources of private equity investment are private equity firms and angel investors who are private individuals who provide smaller amounts of finance than many private equity firms are willing to invest.
One of the many reasons why this type of investment is so popular to businesses is because it provides long - term, committed share capital which can help private companies grow and succeed. As the investment is made in exchange for a stake in the company, the investors' returns are dependent on the growth and profitability of the business. As a result, investors are generally only interested in companies with high growth prospects. However, provided there is real growth potential the private equity industry is interested in all stages, from start - up to buy - out.
The benefits of this type of investment definitely outweigh the risk, as private equity backed companies have been shown to grow faster than other types of businesses. This is made possible by the provision of a combination of capital and experienced personal input from private equity executives, which sets it apart from other forms of finance. Private equity can help you achieve your ambitions for your company and provide a stable base for strategic decision making.

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