1. How much does MSJ typically
invest and what shareholding does it seek?
2. What level of involvement in management
does MSJ like to have?
3. What type of investments do you make?
4. What are the pre-requisites to investment?
5. What stage of a company’s development
does MSJ invest in?
6. In which sectors does MSJ invest?
7. Will Maybrook Saint James invest in
8. What are the required returns on investment?
9. Over what time period does MSJ expect
its return on investment?
10. How do I go about obtaining funds
from Maybrook Saint James?
1. How much does MSJ typically
invest and what initial shareholding does it seek?
We typically invests between £100,000 to £3
million for a majority stake in the business and a seat
on the board.
2. What level of involvement
in management does MSJ like to have?
We look for companies with management in place. We can
provide experienced management but it is not our preference.
However we do always take a seat on the board and offer
strategic and management support if required.
3. What type of investments
do you make?
At present Maybrook Saint James is concentrated on majority
shareholding acquisitions. This typically takes the
form of outright purchases however we are happy to look
at MBO, MBIs
4. What are the pre-requisites
Maybrook Saint James looks at two types of investments,
outright acquisitions and private equity funding at
second stage or later of new businesses.
We like to invest in companies which have strong established
market positions and the potential to expand into new
markets. Each individual case is reviewed differently,
so that a business that does not seem to fit all criteria
might still be of interest to us, however broadly speaking
we prefer the following characteristics.
• EBIT of £100,000+
• A minimum of 3 years of profitability.
• Vendors who are principally hands off.
• A second tier management structure
• An established income stream, or contracts in
• The ability of the business to meet interest
• A strong market proposition in a growing marketplace
5. What stage of a company’s
development does MSJ invest in?
MSJ primarily looks to make outright purchases of companies
where owners or directors are at retirement age, or
looking to move on to pastures new. We also look at
later stage investments in early stage growing companies
that have achieved consistent income streams and levels
of profitability which support interest repayments.
6. In which sectors does MSJ
Maybrook Saint James are mainly interested in profitable,
expandable opportunities and will look at businesses
in most sectors. We prefer investments into commercial
sectors in which we have some experience or understanding.
We currently particularly favor businesses in the healthcare,
business services, aircraft related, and funeral related
sectors. ( See Sectors for more info)
7. Will Maybrook Saint James
invest in start-up businesses?
Occasionally Maybrook Saint James does invest in start-up
businesses however we like to an existing income stream
and financial commitment from the management. We do
expect to consider more early stage investment opportunities
in the future.
8. What are the required returns
Maybrook Saint James are seeking a 30% return net of
costs. This can come as an exit value or as a combination
of exit value and loan note interest. MSJ takes a risk
averse approach to investments. Therefore we seek to
make returns on our money from day one through interest
on loan notes, or by taking dividends.
We are flexible to the different stages of a business’
development and look to structure our returns in such
a way as to support the maximum growth in your business.
The overall objective is to build value over the medium
to long term.
9. Over what time period does
MSJ expect its return on investment?
We are a privately owned fund do not have strict time
frames for exits. We do not have investors demanding
a return within five years therefore we can be flexible.
We are looking to create long term relationships with
profit making vehicles which we work in partnership
We seek to realize our interest in a business at the
best time for that business, which could be at
a float, through a trade sale or never.
10. How do I go about obtaining
funds from Maybrook Saint James?
Your first step will be to contact a member of the Maybrook
Saint James team and you will be asked to provide a
detailed business plan (See Useful Links for help creating
a business plan, or complete our pro-forma document
in Process section)
Once you have submitted a business plan, the Maybrook
Saint James staff will help guide you quickly and effectively
through the rest of the process.