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Hot 100 2012 – 58: Edinburgh Partners

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The basics

Company name: Edinburgh Partners
What they do: Investment management services
Headquarters: Edinburgh
The boss: Sandy Nairn

The financials

Latest turnover (£,000): 40,528
Four-year compound sales growth (%): 37
Latest Ebitda (£,000): 21,797

The details

Independent investment management shop Edinburgh Partners is in the enviable position of enjoying quick growth while maintaining bumper profits. In a turbulent investment atmosphere, the business reported nearly £22m in gross profit on £40.5m sales – a 75 per cent increase in two years. 

The firm – based, unsurprisingly, in Edinburgh – increased the value of funds under its management to just over £8bn in the year to February 2011 from £5.5bn 12 months before. On New Year’s Eve 2011, funds had grown again to £8.7bn.

Edinburgh’s investment ethos is to focus on investee businesses future earnings, specifically projected over five years. Its approach to risk is not based on a benchmark, unlike other investment houses, but simply on the likelihood of an investment to increase or decrease in value. The business is also unusual in that it sporadically closes its doors to new business, preferring to concentrate on the performance of current investments than to grow unabated.

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