We have five groups of shareholders. It is the combination of these shareholders that give the Group our unique, long-term outlook, and which allow us to truly deliver sustainable solutions to clients without the distractions of short-term results.
The first and largest group comprises employees. 1,300 currently hold approximately 35% of shares in the Group. Employee ownership is core to our culture and means the service we provide to our clients is literally personal to us.
The second is the Howden Group Foundation, which is funded through its shareholding. This means giving back is stitched into the fabric of the Group, and our Foundation grows as we do.
Our three external minority investors share three important characteristics: they are long-term, patient, growth investors, they support our independence and intentions to widen our employee shareholder base, and they are true partners who bring expertise to the table.
General Atlantic invested in Howden Group Holdings in 2013. They are a global growth equity investor with ~USD40bn in assets under management across five sectors. Their approach to investing is based on the idea of ‘patient capital to create long-term value’.
CDPQ invested in Howden Group Holdings in 2018. They are a long-term institutional investor with CAD333bn in assets under management. Their investment approach is to ‘create long-term value, focus on quality partnerships, and be an active, not an activist, shareholder’.
Hg Capital became an investor in Howden Group Holdings in March 2021. They are Europe’s largest investor in software and services and have ~USD30bn funds under management. Their investment approach is based on ‘building businesses that change how we all do business’.