The J curve is the return profile of a PE fund’s investments as they typically tend to be negative in the early period of the investment versus the back end (fourth and fifth year of the investment).
Earlier in the investment period of the company, the financial sponsor (PE fund) typically invests money into the business to restructure the operations and to execute the strategy outlined before the company is even purchased.
The J curve return profile is an underlying feature of most PE funds, given the time taken for companies to see the benefits of their strategy implemented.
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