WEP will employ the following investment strategy:
WEP will seek to deliver industry leading returns by investing at reasonable valuations, improving the operating profile of portfolio companies and building assets that have long term value to strategic buyers. Specifically, WEP intends to engage in thorough due diligence, develop strategic growth plans, implement professional management techniques, correct faulty business processes, bring in management talent, and provide working capital for our portfolio companies. We will begin building our portfolio companies for a potential sale at the time of our initial investment and will negotiate appropriate transaction terms to facilitate exit events.
We believe that now is an opportune time to invest in the infrastructure, industrial and building sectors. Economic trends in the U.S. are becoming increasingly favorable, which we believe will drive business spending and capital investment. The EIU is projecting GDP growth above 2.5% annually between 2015 and 2018. In addition, we believe that aging infrastructure will be a major investment theme over the next ten years, bolstering growth in our targeted sectors and leading to attractive opportunities for WEP to buy and build valuable companies.
WEP will invest heavily in partnering with seasoned managers and operating executives. Our operating executive network not only gives us a competitive advantage in deal sourcing and due diligence, but also will help us to develop growth strategies and to vet and build executive talent within our portfolio companies. We believe that developing strong partnerships with our managers, while simultaneously holding them accountable, will be a key determinant of our success.
WEP will pursue transaction and financing structures in line with the operating strategy of the target company. WEP will seek to generate our returns through company growth as opposed to financial engineering and will not seek to employ aggressive debt leverage in our transactions. We believe that small and middle market companies are not well suited to high leverage as an excessive debt load often limits flexibility in pursuing growth strategies.