First Report of the Walker Guidelines Monitoring Group

The Guidelines Monitoring Group has published its First Report (.pdf) on the UK private equity industry’s conformity with the Walker Guidelines.

The Guidelines are intended to have funds enhance their reporting and the reporting by their large portfolio companies. They define a portfolio company as one with a market capitalization (prior to be acquired) was in excess of £300 million, more than 50% of the revenues were generated in the UK and the UK employees totaled in excess of 1,000 full-time equivalents.

The Guidelines propose that the portfolio companies should annually disclose:

  • the identity of the private equity fund (or funds) that own the company
  • the composition of the portfolio company’s board
  • a financial review of its risk management and uncertainties facing the company
  • a business review in compliance with Section 417 of the Companies Act.

The Guidelines propose that a private equity firm should publish a description of its investment approach, investment holding periods, leadership of the firm, arrangements for dealing with conflicts of interest, and categorization of its limited partners/investors.

Thirty two firms made reports. (see Appendix 1 of the Report) and 54 portfolio companies (See Appendix 2 of the Report).