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Consider Investing In Private Equity (Unlisted Shares)

Updated: Jun 11

Listed versus unlisted investments
Private equity currently give a more predictable income

Private Equity is an investment strategy focused on acquiring ownership stakes in private companies. These companies are not publicly traded on a stock exchange. Private Equity firms raise capital from accredited investors and institutional investors, which is then used to purchase or take a controlling interest in target companies. The objective is to enhance the company’s performance and operations, increasing its value before eventually selling it for a profit or taking it public.

Private vs. Listed Companies

Private Company

A private company’s shares are not available to the general public and are held by a select group of investors, including the company’s founders, employees, and private investors. This ownership structure allows for greater privacy and control but limits liquidity and access to public capital markets.

Listed Company

In contrast, a listed or public company has its shares traded on a stock exchange. Investors can buy and sell these shares, and their value fluctuates based on market dynamics and investor sentiment. Listed companies have broader access to capital but are subject to stringent regulatory requirements and public scrutiny.

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The time is right to look private equity ( Unlisted Shares)
Reasons for Delisting

Companies may choose to delist from a stock exchange for various reasons, including:

- Cost Reduction: Reducing the expenses associated with maintaining a public listing.

- Limiting Regulations: Avoiding the regulatory burdens imposed on public companies.

- Enhanced Privacy: Gaining greater control over company information and strategy.

- Changes in Corporate Structure: Reorganising or restructuring the company.

Venture Capital vs. Private Equity

Venture Capital (VC)

VC is a subset of Private Equity focused on early-stage, high-growth startups. These investments provide the necessary capital for startups to scale their operations and achieve significant growth. VC investments are typically high-risk but offer the potential for substantial returns.

Private Equity

Private Equity involves investing in more established companies with the goal of improving their value through strategic management and operational improvements. The risk in Private Equity investments is often mitigated by diversifying the portfolio across multiple acquisitions.

Risk Comparison: Private Equity vs. Listed Equity

Listed Equity’s value is highly influenced by market factors and investor speculation, leading to volatility. Private Equity, however, faces risks tied to the specific nature of the acquired assets. By diversifying investments across multiple companies, Private Equity funds can reduce overall risk and volatility.

Private Equity is regarded as medium to high risk

Specific Risks in Private Equity and Mitigation Strategies

Investing in Private Equity carries certain risks, such as:

- Default Risk: The potential loss of capital or returns.

- Volatility: Fluctuations in returns over the investment period.

- Liquidity: The longer time required to receive capital payments.

Effective risk mitigation includes:

- Diversification: Spreading investments across different assets to reduce risk.

- Consistent Returns: Managing portfolios to provide stable returns, as evidenced by consistent performance over several years.

What if you know what the outcome is going to be?
Understanding Fixed, Volatile, and Guaranteed Returns

Fixed Returns

These are predetermined returns that do not fluctuate with market conditions. Fixed returns provide predictability and stability for investors.

Volatile Returns

These returns can vary based on market performance. While they offer the potential for higher gains, they also come with increased risk.

Guaranteed Returns

These returns are secured by the balance sheet of an institution, typically a bank. However, extreme events can undermine even guaranteed investments.

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Interest vs. Dividends


Interest is the compensation for lending money to an entity or individual. It is typically taxed at the investor's marginal income tax rate.


Dividends are payments made to shareholders from a company’s profits. They are taxed at a fixed rate, often lower than interest income.

Investment Term and Performance Monitoring

Investments typically have a five-year term, with early withdrawals subject to fees or penalties. Investors can monitor their performance through quarterly statements or via their financial advisor. An online portal is also under development for easier access.

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Tax Implications and Certificates

Dividend returns are taxed at a fixed rate, and IT3(b) tax certificates are issued annually for submission to the tax authorities. Certificates are generally available between May and August each year.

Redemption and Maturity

Redemption of Private Equity investments requires approval and is subject to a 120-day notice period. At maturity, investors can either reinvest their returns or redeem their capital, with payment occurring 30 days post-maturity.

Handling Investments After a Client’s Death

Upon a client’s death, the investment can be transferred to beneficiaries, the deceased estate, or be redeemed for cash. Executors must notify the investment firm and submit a completed ‘Death Claim’ form with supporting documents to initiate the process.

This comprehensive understanding of Private Equity, its benefits, risks, and operational details can help investors make informed decisions about their investment strategies. For further guidance, consult a financial advisor.

Albert Schuurman is an accredited Everest Wealth Advisor with a 1, 8 Licence


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