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UK Industrial Cleaning and Food Hygiene Services

Client – Partners in Hygiene Ltd – UK Industrial Cleaning and Food Hygiene Services.

Instruction – Disposal of business to trade or non-trade buyer.

Role – Review market opportunities, benchmark possible share price, and source buyers based on management culture and ethos. Generate sealed bids. Assist German-based buyer in their UK division’s first acquisition. Manage through to Completion.

Result – Successful sale of Company to a non-trade buyer – Leadec Group. 20,000 employees, 300 locations and sales of 900 million euros.

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Project Neptune

Acquisition Opportunity

– Specialist in the manufacture and installation of bespoke joinery to the UK and Global Markets.

A rare opportunity to acquire a long-established, successful, dynamic, and privately-owned UK Company specialising in the manufacture and installation of bespoke joinery to a diverse range of companies operating in the following sectors:

  • Healthcare
  • Retail
  • Leisure
  • Corporate
  • Museum

The Business is led by a strong and experienced management team, and services a diverse blue-chip customer base across the UK and exports its finished joinery globally.

Services within the Business fall into two broad categories of High Volume and Bespoke Joinery.

The Company has a strong balance sheet – it is cash generative and has operated debt-free for the past twenty years.

2019 has seen total sales of £10,362,838 with a gross profit of £3,027,023 and an adjusted EBITDA of £1,104,335.

2020 saw a drop in sales and subsequent profits, which was directly attributed to the Covid 19 lockdown.

The current order book stands above £2,000,000, and a robust forecast is in place, which will see sales return to 2019 levels. The figures forecast are sales of £10,880,980 with a gross profit of £2,937,865 and an adjusted EBITDA of £1,090,680.

The Company is a first-class manufacturer and installer of bespoke joinery to the UK and Global Markets – committed to a growth strategy with both capacity and resource.

Highlights:

  • Lean management structure – able to continue without shareholder involvement – skilled in Company operations
  • Capability to deliver complete turnkey projects
  • Leading joinery manufacturing facility; one of the finest in the UK
  • Sophisticated logistics and supply chain management portfolio in place
  • All works completed ‘in house’, no work is subcontracted
  • Non-cyclical business model offering continuity and resourcing throughout the year

Future Opportunities:

  • Strong succession plan in place, with shareholders willing to provide a long-term consultancy period post-sale, as well as having an experienced second-tier management structure
  • Strong and growing order book currently valued at £2 Million, with orders secured globally. Making Project Neptune a significant asset to any Buyer
  • The acquisition of Project Neptune allows the acquirer to tender for a broader range of projects across many industries and gives an outlet for high-quality joinery ‘in-house.’
  • An acquirer could reduce their reliance on suppliers and offer an increased service level to their Clients by capitalising on a central production facility and expand the provision of joinery services to construction and fit-out firms, and other direct competitors
  • By acquiring Project Neptune (a business that can carry out complete turnkey projects), the acquirer can distinguish itself from its competitors, enabling complex projects to be carried out using internal staff and skilled tradespeople. This gives the benefit of complete control over programme coordination, quality, and commercial issues without engaging external subcontractors

Contact Olivia@achieve-corporation.com for further details.

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Specialist In Worldwide Distribution Of High-Quality Steels

Client – Masteel Ltd – Specialist In Worldwide Distribution Of High-Quality Steels. £20 Million Turnover

Instruction – Conduct trade sale of the business with a focus on matching culture and ethos of the incoming buyer to existing management

Role – Project managed auction process and handled the sale to completion

Result –Successful share sale. Existing shareholder exiting the business six months post-completion. Headhunted new financial controller for the Company on behalf of the new Owner

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Online Travel Ticketing Company – Turnover £53 Million

Client – Online Travel Ticketing Company – Turnover £53 Million.

Instruction – Prepare ‘Pitch Deck’ for presentation to Target 250 FTSE Companies.

Role – Pitch Deck created with DCF Model. Pyramid ROI,ROE and Risk Management. Calculated micro financials for planned merger and or acquisition by Targets.

Result – Managed competitive bidding scenario resulting in multiple offers above 22% of share price.

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Project Sirius

Civil Engineering Companies Wanted For Acquisition – Company B.

Revenue last year – £78 Million.

Number of acquisitions made last year – 1.

Number of acquisitions to be made next year – 2.

Budget for acquisitions – £7 Million. (Dependant on deal structure and Company acquired).

Standard deal structure – 65% of total consideration on day 1. Balance paid quarterly over two years.

Business owners to stay with acquiring Company until the balance of consideration is paid.

For further details, please contact Simon Ascroft – Partner:- Simon@achieve-corporation.com or contact us by clicking here.

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Project Arcturus

Civil Engineering Companies Wanted for Acquisition – Company A.

Revenue Last Year – £725 Million.

Number of acquisitions made last year – 4.

Number of acquisition to be made next year – 3.

Budget for acquisitions – £21 Million.

Standard deal structure – 80% of total consideration on day 1.

Balance over two years. Business owners to stay with acquiring Company until the balance of consideration is paid.

This Company needs to conclude on three acquisitions by the end of October 2022 to meet the growth strategy outlined by its Senior Board.

Contact Simon Ashcroft – Partner: – simon@achieve-corporation.com or contact us by clicking here.

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Project Mercury

Overseas Company seeks to secure a foothold into the UK market within the specialist and general engineering sector.

With a billion-dollar turnover, the Company is asset and cash-rich. It has a proven methodology for its acquisitions enabling it to complete on deals and due diligence in the minimum of time.

The Company are looking for several smaller business with a turnover of circa £5 Million that can be grouped together to take advantage of the many projects and contracts that the Parent Company need to fulfil.

The Company is flexible in its approach to acquisitions and will support, cash sales, MBO’s and MBI’s.

If You Feel Your Business Would Be of Value to Our Clients Please Contact Our Senior Partner, Mark Roberts at mark@achieve-corporation.com.

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Optiv confirms ‘temporary’ UK closure and turns attention to M&A

Security giant says it is still committed to European expansion

US-based MSSP Optiv has confirmed what it called a “downsizing” of its UK operation, claiming the move is temporary as it turns its attention to M&A.

CRN reported yesterday that Optiv was in the process of shutting down in the UK, keeping on a handful of staff to continue any outstanding customer transactions.

 

In a statement Optiv called the move “temporary”, insisting that it still has plans to build a presence in Europe and has looked at 40 European businesses to acquire before deciding it “simply couldn’t justify the high valuations of these companies”.

“After a comprehensive strategic review, we’re temporarily downsizing our London-based organic operations,” Optiv said.

“We remain committed to serving the European market, clients, partners and prospects,” it added, claiming it could acquire “once European valuations right-size”.

Optiv’s CMO had previously said that the firm looked at acquiring the likes of SecureData and SecureLink, opting against making a bid because it thought the pair were overvalued.

SecureData was bought last year for a multiple of 20 times its EBITDA.

Micky Patel – partner at August Equity, which sold SecureData to Orange – told CRN earlier this year that the multiple was achieved because SecureData was unique in that it was a cybersecurity service provider that had scaled.

A panel of private equity investors also told delegates at CRN‘s Channel Conference MSP that they believe high multiples are here to stay.

 

Read More – www.channelweb.co.uk

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WeWork has acquired more than 20 companies in the run-up to its IPO

In their endeavors to scale operations and improve their brands, VC-backed companies have turned to robust M&A activity in recent years. Taking notes from consumer-facing platforms such as Facebook and Twitter, who led the way to establish how private companies can grow from strategic acquisitions before their historic rides to the public markets, WeWork has acquired 21 startups to date, with a bulk of those investments sealed in the last three years.

The co-working giant raised nearly $1 billion in VC funding before it made its first acquisition in 2015 with Case, which provides building design and information-modeling services. And in a bid to either grow the current business or explore opportunities in other industries, WeWork is currently one of the most active VC-backed acquirers in the space.

How many of those investments were directly related to the company’s space-as-a-service offering? According to a recent PitchBook analyst note, the split of acquisitions made by WeWork related to the core business versus noncore is an estimated 60-40. Notable acquisitions that currently have little to do with WeWork’s office rental focus include Flatiron School, which offers a coding education platform and Islands Media, the developer of a messaging app for college students.

The co-working giant revealed mounting losses in its S-1 filing last month. However, its appetite to acquire startups that range from the developer an office sign-in system to a behavior-analytics platform, indicates that buying tech or venturing beyond its core business via an acquisition seems to be the preferred route for WeWork, instead of building the same thing in-house.

While mega-deals from deep-pocketed investors such as SoftBank or eye-popping valuation step-ups may have favored WeWork’s acquisition strategies so far, it’s difficult to say whether the business will continue to pick up startups at the same rate in the future, especially as it plans to seek a valuation of between $20 billion and $30 billion in its upcoming IPO, slashing its last private market valuation, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Read More – www.pitchbook.com

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Leeds-based ticketing platform acquired by Festicket

Leeds-based ticketing platform, Event Genius, has been acquired by Festicket, the world’s largest platform for music festival experiences.

The sale includes Event Genius’s consumer facing brand, Ticket Arena. The terms of the deal have not been disclosed.

The new offering, known as Event Genius by Festicket, will create an “end-to-end platform for organisers and fans alike, providing the most complete offering in the live entertainment industry”.

Founded by managing director Reshad Hossenally (pictured above) in 2008, Event Genius offers complete event solutions to events including Wales Rally GB, Motion Bristol, Annie Mac’s Lost & Found Festival, Summer Daze, Ibiza Rocks and BPM Festival.

Following the acquisition, Festicket will roll out the new offering to festivals, concerts, clubs, sports, family attractions and other events worldwide.

Based in Leeds and London, Event Genius and Ticket Arena has worked with over 1.9 million customers and generated over €400 million worth of sales.

Festicket, founded in 2012 by Zack Sabban and Jonathan Younes, is backed by investors including Beringea, Edge, Lepe Partners and ProFounders. It was ranked as the UK’s 21st fastest-growing technology company by the Sunday Times Tech Track 100 in 2018.

Zack Sabban, CEO and co-founder at Festicket, said: “The acquisition transforms Festicket’s product set. In Event Genius, we have found a company that shares our mission to be a disruptive force in the live entertainment market and – ultimately – to bring the best possible experiences to fans. Reshad and the team have built a great product they have good reason to be proud of, and I look forward to welcoming them to the Festicket family.”

Hossenally, who will join Festicket as chief supply chain officer, said: “The Event Genius mission has always been to utilise technology to bring event organisers and consumers a better experience, regardless of the size or type of event. Couple this with Festicket’s global marketplace and supplier network and we have something truly unique for the events industry.”

Read More – www.prolificnorth.co.uk