BCA Marketplace plc
Led by Executive Chairman, Avril Palmer-Baunack, BCA was established in 2014 through the £1.2bn acquisition of British Car Auctions. BCA now owns and operates Europe’s largest used vehicle marketplace, both in terms of the number of vehicles sold and revenue, as well as the UK’s market-leading provider of vehicle buying services, WeBuyAnyCar.com. BCA’s marketplace facilitates an efficient exchange of used vehicles between vendors and buyers through both physical and digital auctions across the UK and nine other European countries. In addition, BCA operates as a managed-vehicle services provider with a suite of value-add pre and post auction services, including inspection, logistics, appraisal, repair and buyer finance.
Zegona Communications plc
Led by Chairman and Chief Executive Eamon OHare and COO, Robert Samuelsson, Zegona has been established to execute a ‘Buy-Fix-Sell’ strategy in the European TMT sector, focusing on network-based communications and entertainment opportunities. In August 2015, Zegona announced the successful completion of its first acquisition with the purchase of Telecable de Asturias S.A., the leading “quad-play” telecommunications operator in Asturias, North-West Spain, for an enterprise value of €640 million.
Telecable has more than 158,000 customers, offering television, broadband internet, mobile and fixed-line telecommunications services to residential and business customers. The business operates a network of over 2,400 km of fibre optic cable and 2,600 km of coaxial cable, reaching more than 452,000 homes across Asturias. Zegona considers Telecable to be a compelling investment opportunity, driven by its market leading position and strong cash generation, coupled with attractive dynamics in the Spanish telecommunications market and Spanish economy more broadly.
Led by Executive Chairman, Beverley Williams, Le Chameau Holdings plc is the owner of Le Chameau, the heritage footwear brand specialising in the production of handmade rubber boots and other outdoor footwear. Established in 1927, Le Chameau is building on its long-standing reputation for quality and the next chapter of the brand’s development will see it established as a truly international presence in the luxury market.
Gloo Networks plc
Led by CEO, Rebecca Miskin, Gloo Networks is a technology company established to acquire and operate companies in the media sector, between £250m and £1bn in size, with the aim of connecting some of the world’s most-loved content with its most-valued consumers. At a time of industry convergence, Gloo intends to acquire trusted consumer brands in the media sector and marry content creation, sophisticated technology and data analysis capabilities to unlock value for shareholders and consumers. With Arnaud de Puyfontaine as Chairman and the deep digital, data and technology experience of CFO Bill Davis and Juan Lopez-Valcarcel, the management team have a proven track record in transforming the culture and driving growth within large and small organisations.
Safe Harbour Holdings plc
Safe Harbour is an unquoted company focussed on creating value through the acquisition and subsequent development of B2B distribution businesses.
Safe Harbour intends to acquire and operate businesses initially with an enterprise value in the range of £250 million to £2 billion.
Wilmcote Holdings plc
Wilmcote is an unquoted company that has been established in partnership with Adrian Whitfield, its Chief Executive Officer. Adrian is an experienced executive who recently spent nine years successfully implementing a turnaround and growth strategy at Synthomer plc, the UK listed (FTSE-250) specialty polymer operator. Wilmcote is focused on creating value through the acquisition and subsequent development of target businesses in the downstream and specialty chemical sectors. Wilmcote intends to acquire and operate businesses initially with an enterprise value in the range of £500 million to £2 billion.
Led by CEO, Darren Throop, Entertainment One (eOne) is a leading independent entertainment group, specialising in acquisition, production and distribution for film, television and music. With a comprehensive global network spanning the UK, Canada, Benelux, Spain, Australia and the US, eOne has developed an impressive library of rights, encompassing over 40,000 film and television titles and 4,500 hours of television programming.
EV on exit: £1,110m
Led by Executive Chairman Peter Tom, Breedon is the largest independent aggregates business in the UK operating across England and Scotland. Breedon supplies a wide range of products and services to the construction sector, employing over 1250 staff.
EV on exit: £503m
Advanced Computer Software
Led by CEO, Vin Murria, ACS is a leading provider of patient management software solutions. The company also has a presence in both the public and commercial sectors as a provider of back office solutions.
EV on exit: £453m
Led by Chairman Keith Tozzi and CEO Fiona Begley, Concateno (rebranded to Alere Toxicology in December 2013) is a world-leading drug and alcohol misuse testing provider for organisations in over 75 countries. It operates 8 world-class laboratories, carrying out over 10 million tests per annum
EV on exit: £155m
Led by CEO Mark Silver, Inspicio (now Environmental Scientifics Group Ltd) is a global testing and inspection business, operating in the oil, minerals, food and soil testing sectors. It was sold to private equity firm 3i in 2008, at a time when its client base included BP, Shell and Total.
EV on exit: £271m
Led by Executive Chairman Adrian Carey, Melorio is a vocational training company, comprised of a group of highly specialised subsidiaries providing apprenticeships and training for the construction, gas, electrical, plumbing and renewables industries. The business was sold to Pearson plc in 2010.
EV on exit: £113m
Led by CEO, Nick Harding, Praesepe operates a large network of high street gaming venues, encompassing 157 AGC arcades, 9 bingo clubs, and an online casino. It was acquired by the Gauselmann Group in 2012, Europe’s foremost provider of gaming machines.
EV on exit: £84m
Led by CEO, Ian Blackburn, Zetar is a major confectionery and snack food group, manufacturing a variety of private-label products as well as branded products under licence. Zetar is the UK’s leading producer of allergen chocolate and supplier of dried fruit and nuts.