During both expansionary and recessionary periods CD&R has created value for its portfolio businesses. An independent third party analysis showed that CD&R portfolio companies improved EBITDA margin at double the rate of comparable businesses. ¹

Similarly, during periods of market dislocations and limited liquidity, when other private equity firms have been largely inactive, CD&R has deployed capital in innovative ways, such as the landmark purchase of IBM’s printer and supplies businesses that led Operating skills are even more relevant during periods when credit markets are more selective... to the creation of Lexmark International. Although at the time of the 1991 investment the financing markets in the U.S. were in turmoil, credit markets were largely frozen, the transaction ranks as one of Private Equity International magazine’s 30 most influential private equity deals. ²

Operating skills are even more relevant during periods when credit markets are more selective and capital providers favor “hands-on” investors that remain actively involved with the operations of each portfolio company for the duration of each investment.

Our primary objective remains constant for every investment irrespective of macro-economic conditions: to be an agent of constructive change for the long-term health of the portfolio company. Examples include:

  • Reorganized Diversey from a regional structure into a global, sector-led structure better situated to support a solutions-based value proposition.
  • Transforming Brakes from a family enterprise built through corporate acquisitions into an integrated and growing broad line food distributor;

¹ Duff & Phelps analysis of CD&R Fund VII and Fund VIII portfolio companies from
acquisition through December 31, 2012.

² Private Equity International, June 2004

Note: For a complete list of new investments since 2001, see our Investments.

During both expansionary and recessionary periods CD&R has created value for its portfolio businesses. An independent third party analysis showed that CD&R portfolio companies improved EBITDA margin at double the rate of comparable businesses. ¹

Similarly, during periods of market dislocations and limited liquidity, when other private equity firms have been largely inactive, CD&R has deployed capital in innovative ways, such as the landmark purchase of IBM’s printer and supplies businesses that led Operating skills are even more relevant during periods when credit markets are more selective... to the creation of Lexmark International. Although at the time of the 1991 investment the financing markets in the U.S. were in turmoil, credit markets were largely frozen, the transaction ranks as one of Private Equity International magazine’s 30 most influential private equity deals. ²

Operating skills are even more relevant during periods when credit markets are more selective and capital providers favor “hands-on” investors that remain actively involved with the operations of each portfolio company for the duration of each investment.

Our primary objective remains constant for every investment irrespective of macro-economic conditions: to be an agent of constructive change for the long-term health of the portfolio company. Examples include:

  • Reorganized Diversey from a regional structure into a global, sector-led structure better situated to support a solutions-based value proposition.
  • Transforming Brakes from a family enterprise built through corporate acquisitions into an integrated and growing broad line food distributor;

¹ Duff & Phelps analysis of CD&R Fund VII and Fund VIII portfolio companies from
acquisition through December 31, 2012.

² Private Equity International, June 2004

Note: For a complete list of new investments since 2001, see our Investments.