RAM Holdings partners with entrepreneurs to make their businesses more valuable. The "partnering" begins with a transaction in which RAM Holdings acquires some or all of the entrepreneur's business. The terms of the transaction will depend on how much liquidity the owner wishes to achieve, his or her interest in remaining with the business, and other factors.
After investing in a company, RAM Holdings works closely with management--sometimes joining the team--to make improvements to the business. Often, that means updating information systems, strengthening managment teams and improving business practices. It may involve developing new product lines, selling through new distribution channels or building a more powerful brand. In all cases, RAM's objective is to create a business that potential buyers will find more valuable, and to realize that value for the benefit of its investment and management partners.
There is not a set timetable for when a business is re-capitalized or sold. Market conditions will affect the performance and value of a business, and the timing of when a strong buyer becomes known cannot be controlled. However, when it is clear that significant value has been added to the business, and that this value can be realized by selling the company, RAM Holdings and management will seek a buyer. This second transaction often generates as much value to the original owner as the first, if the entrepreneur chose to retain some equity ownership. Managers participate in the gains from stock options, as well as on any of their own capital that they invested in the business.
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