The buyout arm of Lloyds Banking Group – one of the backers of Ego Restaurants – saw a slump in pre-tax profit to £9.2m in 2009, down from £47.6m the previous year. The fall was due to a drop in the number of exits from its investment portfolio – which includes the Virgin Racing F1 team and Modelzone. But, the value of its holdings rose by 17% to £1.02bn, according to the latest accounts from Lloyds TSB Development Capital. The Sunday Times, business, p2