Top Track 100 - Britain's Top 100 private companies

Highlights from this year’s report

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Now in its sixteenth edition, this year’s analysis shows how Britain’s top 100 private companies delivered combined sales of £185bn - equivalent to 10% of UK GDP – and generated profits (ebitda) of £19.4bn, employing 982,000 people, equivalent to 3% of the UK’s entire workforce.


Some of the highlights from this year’s report include:
  • More than two thirds (72) of the Top Track 100 companies reported increased sales in their latest accounts. Combined sales are up 7% to £185bn.
  • Two thirds (67) grew their profits year-on-year, although 29 saw a fall in ebitda, and four did not disclose their profits. Total profits were up 4% to £19.4bn while margins at ebitda level remained level at 10%
  • The companies employ a total of 982,000 people, 29,000 more than a year earlier
  • Total combined debt (including shareholder debts) among the 95 companies that disclosed figures is £90bn, resulting in an average debt multiple of five times ebitda. Fifteen of the companies have debt of more than £1bn, while 26 have debt of more than five times ebitda
  • Of the 10 companies with the highest profits, six have debt of more than £3bn and pay out a large proportion of their profits in interest. Five of the six are owned by private equity 

Find out more on the Research report 2017