About us

Gain access to a diverse spread of private equity investments through CT Private Equity Trust PLC.

Hamish Mair
Hamish Mair, BSc, MBA, ASIP
Managing Director and Head of Private Equity

CT Private Equity Trust PLC offers access to a diverse spread of private equity investments principally through exposure to specialist private equity funds and co-investments in individual companies. In particular, the fund manager looks to identify those managers with a proven ability to make excellent absolute returns over the medium to long-term.

We are proud to have paid our investors an average annual dividend yield of 4.7% for the last 10 years and we aim to continue paying an annual dividend yield of 4% or more every year.*

  • Dividends are funded from a combination of revenue and realised capital profits.
    Affordable – save monthly or via lump sums to suit your budget
  • Diversified – one share provides access to a broad range of underlying investments
  • Expertise – specialist private equity investors since 1999
  • Income – attractive level of dividend payable quarterly

* Dividend yield calculated as dividends declared for the year divided by period end share price. There is no guarantee that the dividend payment will continue at this level.

How we harness potential

The Company’s investment objective is to achieve long-term capital growth through investment in private equity assets, whilst providing shareholders with a predictable and above average level of dividend funded from a combination of the Company’s revenue and realised capital profits.


The Company aims to pay quarterly dividends of 1 per cent of the average of the published NAV of its last four financial quarters and not less than the prior quarter’s dividend. As a result we are proud to have paid our investors an average annual dividend yield of 4.7% for the last 10 years and we aim to continue paying an annual dividend yield of 4% or more every year.*
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CT Private Equity Trust PLC has the ability to make private equity investments by taking stakes in private equity focused limited partnerships, offshore funds and investment companies. In addition to investing in newly formed private equity funds, the Trust may also purchase secondary private equity fund interests (that is, portfolios of investments in existing private equity funds). The Trust may also make direct private equity investments, mainly through co-investment in specific companies.
The private equity funds in which the Trust invests comprise buy-out funds, venture capital funds and mezzanine funds. Both the funds and the direct investments are selected in order to create an underlying portfolio which is well diversified by geography, sector, size of company, stage of development, transaction type and management style.

Diversified opportunities

In the right hands, a company with an innovative product, the right strategy and a strong brand can significantly grow its business and profitability. Such companies, however, often lie outside of listed markets and are therefore beyond the reach of individual investors.


CT Private Equity Trust PLC offers access to this potent ‘unlisted’ growth potential via specialist proprietary and third party private equity funds and direct investments in companies.


Columbia Threadneedle’s Private Equity Team has proven expertise in private equity manager selection and direct investment. This expertise, together with a robust approach to investment and an emphasis on quality opportunities, provides scope for long-term capital growth.


*Dividend yield calculated as dividends declared for the year divided by period end share price. There is no guarantee that the dividend payment will continue at this level.

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Let's talk about risk

The value of your investments and any income from them can go down as well as up and you may not get back the original amount invested. The value of property reflects the opinion of valuers and is reviewed periodically. These assets can also be illiquid and significant or persistent redemptions may require the manager to sell properties at a lower market value adversely affecting the value of your investment. Investments which are concentrated in a specific sector or country may result in less diversification and hence more volatility in investment values. Gearing is used for investment purposes to obtain, increase or reduce exposure to an asset, index or investment. The use of gearing can enhance returns to investors in a rising market, but if the market falls the losses may be greater.

Fund Facts

Investment Manager
Columbia Threadneedle Investment Business Limited
NAV Total Return
AIC sector
Private Equity
Launch date
Total assets
£595 million (as at 30.09.23)
Net Asset Value
£507.2m (as at 30.09.23)
Ticker symbol

Key Dates

Annual general meeting
Year end
31 December
Dividend payment date(s)
January, April, July and October
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Sustainability and ESG

Environmental, Social and Governance (“ESG”) issues are the three central factors in measuring sustainability and can present both opportunities and threats to the long-term investment performance the Company aims to deliver to Shareholders. The Board is therefore committed to taking a responsible approach to ESG matters.


There are two strands to this approach. The Company’s own responsibilities on matters such as governance and the impact it has through the investments that are made on its behalf by its Manager.

The Board

Richard Gray
Elizabeth Kennedy
Chair of the Audit Committee
Swantje Conrad
Non-Executive Director
Tom Burnet
Non-Executive Director
Audrey Baxter
Non-Executive Director
Craig Armour
Non-Executive Director

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