LDC Dominates League Table of Britain's Fastest-Growing Private Equity-Backed Firms

By The Communication Group Plc, PRNE
Sunday, February 6, 2011

10 LDC Portfolio Companies in the Top 100 Reflecting the Firm's Successful Investment Record

LONDON, February 7, 2011 - LDC, the leading regional mid-market private equity house and
private equity arm of Lloyds Banking Group, is pleased to announce that ten
of its portfolio companies are ranked in the latest Sunday Times Buyout Track
100 ranking of the fastest growing private equity-backed companies in the UK.

There was a contribution from across LDC's regional offices:
Mountain Warehouse, Microlease and National Accident Helpline (LDC London),
Ultimate Products (LDC North West), Aim Aviation (LDC Midlands), United
House, Quantel (LDC South), Aesica, JHP Group, Quantum Specials Limited
(Yorkshire/North East).

The deals largely involved MBOs with the provision of
development capital and the companies span a range of sectors, including TMT,
Industrials, Retail, Support Services, Digital Media, Financial Services,
Construction & Property and Healthcare

Securing so many companies in the fastest-growing ranking is a
great achievement for LDC, a company that has over the past few years
consistently invested in Britain's SME sector against a backdrop of economic
depression. The core philosophy of identifying and investing alongside
ambitious management teams remains undiminished.

Within the mid-market, LDC's pace of investment and
performance continues to set it apart from its competitors. Already this
year, LDC has already completed two deals - the acquisition of leading
document management company Sala International and an investment in
specialist software provider, eConveyancer.

Last year LDC invested over GBP240million in 11 deals across
a number of sectors and across the full range of its GBP2million to
investment range as well as completing seven exits.

LDC completed seven exits in 2010 including selling stakes in
Porterbrook Leasing Company, CMG, British Salt, Vision Security Group,
Kylmar, Omega Red and Virgin Racing. These exits, valued in excess of
GBP700million, have resulted in an aggregate IRR of over 30% and an over 3x
money multiple.

Darryl Eales, CEO of LDC commented: "It is really pleasing to
see the success achieved by the management teams of these companies, and to
see them recognised in this year's Sunday Times Buyout Track 100 listing. It
is particularly satisfying to see the geographical spread of those companies
included and LDC teams from across the UK supporting some exceptional
businesses. Our regional presence is an invaluable part of our business."


    For further information contact:
    Richard Evans/Lucy Grimble
    The Communication Group plc
    Tel: +44(0)207-630-1411

For further information contact: Richard Evans/Lucy Grimble, The Communication Group plc, Tel: +44(0)207-630-1411

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