Founded in 2006, ESO Capital is an investment firm specialised in providing flexible capital solutions to European small- and medium-sized enterprises (“SMEs”). To date, we have invested over €1.1bn in more than 75 transactions.
We support SME’s in UK & Ireland, DACH, Benelux and the Nordics, with SMEs broadly defined as a company with:
Enterprise Value of up to
EBITDA of up to
Supporting growth with an entrepreneurial mindset
Our Partners and investment professionals have worked with European SME’s for decades. Some have founded and sold businesses. Others have advised and invested in founder-led firms. We understand the importance of long-term relationships and the challenges of working with growing businesses, and we bring a proactive private equity approach to supporting their growth.
We partner with aspiring business owners and management teams, providing both flexible capital and dedicated support so they can reach their goals. We do this through customised solutions, which address the needs of established businesses that are not able to or prefer not to access traditional capital markets.
Our flexible capital solutions are structured to minimise equity dilution for business owners, with further funding available to enable organic and acquisitive growth. At the same time, we proactively work with companies to strengthen operations, strategy, reporting and business infrastructure – paving the way for their success.
Transparency and rigour
We see opportunity in complex situations and focus on creating practical solutions with transparency and speed of execution. Our investment process is rigorous. We heavily stress test downside scenarios so that we can closely collaborate with management teams to deliver on their business plans because we know that smaller businesses do not develop in a straight line. We seek to build long-term trusted relationships in our industry and with our investors through active communication and a high degree of alignment with all our business partners.
Diversity of experience and skillsets
We understand how economic factors can impact companies and investments. Our portfolio companies benefit from the collective investment expertise of one of the most experienced and entrepreneurial teams focused on European SMEs, as well as the team’s vast international network and first-hand knowledge of owning businesses in various European jurisdictions.
Our senior team each average over 20 years’ experience in investing in and managing assets in the European market. Having worked through the highs and lows of multiple economic cycles, our investment, asset management and finance/operations professionals bring complementary skillsets to the table and ensure that we optimise for sustainable, attractive risk-adjusted returns.