Orbis Partners advised the shareholders of Metaphor IT (“Metaphor”) on its merger with DoubleEdge Professional Services and Foehn to form Kerv, a transaction backed by LDC with a combined value of £30m.
Orbis worked exclusively with the Unsworth family over an 18-month period, to originate and invest in high-quality food manufacturing businesses. As part of the deal, owner Jason Geary retained a significant equity stake within the business, remaining as a Managing Director.
Nationwide Hire is a leading hire services aggregator with a network of over 4,000 suppliers based in over 9,000 locations across the UK and Ireland. Orbis were retained to evaluate different exit options on behalf of the company. The preferred option for both the shareholders and management was a private equity backed MBO. Orbis identified Livingbridge as an ideal partner to help deliver management’s vision for the business.
Japan Pulp and Paper Company Limited (JPP) has acquired RADMS, the holding company that owns Premier Paper Group (Premier Paper) in a multi-million-pound sale. Having been approached by JPP, Orbis was appointed by Premier Paper to negotiate on price and terms to ensure the best deal for shareholders and then manage the sales process through to completion.
IDE systems supply temporary power equipment for events, construction work and facilities management companies. Orbis Partners was engaged by Santander to perform financial due diligence on IDE Systems to enable Santander to provide funding to the MBO of the business.
Orbis was retained by T. H. Baker Ltd to research, identify, approach and act as lead advisors in acquiring an e-commerce business. Orbis identified Hobbies Ltd and led the transaction through to completion.
Radius Payments Solutions (Radius) are the group behind the telematics and fuel card brands Kinesis and UK Fuels. Orbis Partners was engaged by Radius Payments Solutions to provide both financial and tax due diligence of Plant-i, providers of vehicle tracking and telemetry solutions and specialists in connected camera technology for the plant and construction sectors.
Weeting Tyres provides a tyre fitting, automotive service and MOT facility to consumers and corporate clients from five retail branches across East Anglia. Four out of the five branches operate within Goodyear’s franchise network, HiQ, with the fifth branch being independent. The acquisition strengthens Goodyear’s position within the retail market and enhances the groups value proposition for customers.
Based in Coventry, Signis provides a range of services to promote the welfare and safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults through its two brands, Tri.x and Reconstruct. Tri.x is a market-leading provider of online procedure manuals used by some 80% of English local authority social services departments as well as an increasing number of private sector care businesses.
In 2018, the directors of Siamo Group completed a management buy-out of KCP to become independently owned. The group was backed by Clydesdale Bank to allow the business to enter its next phase of growth. Orbis Partners completed the financial due diligence for the transaction, reporting directly to Clydesdale Bank.
Voice Mobile, headquartered at Fort Dunlop, Birmingham was formed in 2001 and is one of the largest independent suppliers of mobile phone solutions in the UK. The Company is a key distribution partner for EE, delivering corporate and consumer mobile phone solutions over the EE network.
Established in 1962, Wellocks supplies a range of high-quality fruit, vegetables, dairy, meat and dried store ingredients to a national customer base of Michelin star restaurants, premium casual dining chains, 5* hotels and premier league football clubs.
Formed in 2004, Satrak provides state of the art security tracking and telematics products designed specifically to meet the needs of operators of both commercial vehicles and mobile plant focused on the construction sector. Satrak currently has a population of 23,000 units fitted to vehicles and construction plant throughout the UK, covering both operators and hire companies.
Sangamo is a leading supplier of energy-saving, control and monitoring products for domestic and commercial applications. In 2002, Orbis worked closely with the new investor group and the management team to orchestrate the acquisition from Actaris Plc. In 2018, Orbis concluded the sale of Sangamo to lighting, wiring accessories, and security products supplier, Scolmore Group.
Homes Caring for Autism (HCA) is a group of ten care homes based across Somerset, North Somerset and Wiltshire, providing residential care for young adults with complex needs arising from autism. Orbis was able to secure offers from a number of buyers and delivered a great deal for the business and its shareholders.
CPM Group is a market leader in the supply, manufacture and design of concrete drainage products for the construction industry. Orbis advised on the sale of CPM Group to Marshalls Plc, a complete concrete external hard landscaping, paving and flooring product business for an enterprise value of £48m.
Orbis was engaged by Plascoat’s parent company, International Process Technologies, to sell the Plascoat business to US-based Axalta. Plascoat is a world-leading thermoplastic powder coating manufacturer.
Stuart Turner is a leading UK supplier of shower pumps, pressure boosting pumps and pump solutions for both the domestic and commercial markets. Over a six-year period, Orbis has worked closely with Stuart Turner to offer buy-side deal advice on four separate strategic acquisitions, culminating in the sale of the business.
Orbis Partners were engaged by International Process Technologies to identify a trade buyer for its subsidiary company, United Moulders. United Moulders designs, markets and sells inflation systems and ancillary products to marine life jacket manufacturers worldwide and is the sole supplier to the UK Ministry of Defence.
Bristow & Sutor is a highly-respected nationwide judicial services and debt recovery group. Orbis were retained to evaluate different exit options on behalf of the company. Orbis identified Sovereign Capital as an ideal partner allowing the founder Simon Sutor, to step back from day-to-day operations whilst the management team lead an MBO to further develop the business’ service offering and client base.
Commercial Collection Services Limited work with a variety of clients including a number of government departments, utilities and debt purchasers. Orbis acted as lead advisor on the sale of CCS to its management team.
Prestige Systems Ltd (Prestige) is an IT infrastructural specialist based in Bromsgrove. With over 28 years’ experience in providing IT solutions and expertise in the data center industry, Prestige provide services including full project life cycle management from design and implementation through to support and management.
Established in 1998, Trinity is an independent day school providing specialist education for children and young people with anxiety, communication difficulties and high-functioning autism. Based in Rochester, Kent, Trinity has developed excellent relationships with a number of local authorities, supplying a specialised learning environment for both statemented and privately funded pupils.
M4 Systems is a leading Microsoft Gold Partner specialising in the development and support of bespoke CRM and ERP solutions built on Microsoft's Dynamics product lines. Founded in 2000, M4 Systems has offices in the UK as well as a software development team located in Central Belgrade, Serbia.
New Reflexions is a specialist provider of residential care, education and therapy for young people with emotional behavioural difficulties and learning difficulties. Established in 2007, it has a national reputation for providing outstanding care to vulnerable and challenging children, operating from 22 care homes in Shropshire, Cumbria and Scotland.
Wavenet is a specialist provider of unified communications solutions to the SME and corporate markets, including products and services across data connectivity, fixed and mobile voice, hosted voice. Orbis were initially mandated by the shareholders of Wavenet to identify trade buyers for the business.
LG Harris & Co Ltd is a leading manufacturer of decorating sundries with a brand that is recognised around the globe. Orbis worked closely with the management team to undertake a business improvement strategy followed by a successful cross-border sale.
Lean Education and Development Limited is a national provider of accredited vocational learning and development programmes. Over a 24-month period, Orbis worked closely with the shareholders to explore a number of options including a potential trade sale.
Established in 1989, FineFrance UK Limited is an importer and distributor of premium food products sourced from across Europe. Orbis worked closely with the shareholders from the beginning of the process to understand the key value drivers of the business and to identify strategic buyers within the sector.
Point to Point (PTPL) is an End User Computing solutions provider, focusing on private and end user solutions to the Enterprise market. Orbis worked closely with the shareholders to prepare the business for an exit and identify strategic buyers who would benefit from PTPL’s growing market position, strong virtualisation skillset and managed service client base.
Accutronics is a battery manufacturer based in Newcastle-under-Lyme specialising in developing and assembling custom designed batteries for high-end global OEM businesses. Orbis as principal led a deal to acquire the trade and assets of the business from the administrative receiver.
CORE Gaming is a content studio that specialises in the development of HTML5 real money games to casino operators and platform holders. Over a number of years Orbis worked with the CORE Gaming team to evaluate a number of exit opportunities.
Raccortubi is an Italian based company operating globally within the Oil and Gas market, manufacturing and distributing piping materials, fittings and special steels. Working with our Italian partners in Clairfield International we researched the UK market for acquisition targets.
Flow Communications is a rapidly growing provider of network infrastructure and IT security solutions. Orbis worked with the shareholders to explore a number of options to unlock the next stage of growth.
Macro Art is one of the UK’s leading wide-format digital printers with a primary focus on the retail and event and exhibition markets. Orbis was instructed to run an MBO process with the current management team to acquire the business.
Homelux and Nenplas are leading suppliers of extruded and injection moulded plastic products for the Tiling, DIY, Furniture, Caravan and Shopfitting markets. Orbis worked with Homelux Nenplas through an MBO, a number of acquisitions and the sale of Homelux to QEP.
Bromford Industries manufactures precision engineered components for use in Aero Engines, Industrial Gas Turbines and Landing Gears with sales in excess of £25m. Bromford Industries was a buyout from Hampson Aerospace in 2009 funded by Darwin Private Equity and Lloyds TSB.
Adaero is a specialist manufacturer of high precision components, supplying equipment and instrument manufacturers in the medical, optical, defence, laser and hydraulic industries. Orbis worked closely with Cosworth the owner of Adaero to initiate a sale prcoess.
Intercept was a leading UK cloud service provider with a focus on the Financial Services and Insurance sectors. Over a period of nearly two years Orbis worked closely with the shareholders to prepare the business for an exit and identify strategic buyers.
Orbis acted as lead advisor on the sale of CCSG to Sigma Financial Group, a rapidly growing contingency collections and portfolio purchase business. CCSG work with a variety of clients including a number of large blue-chip telecom, utility, national government and retail businesses.
TM Acoustic Technologies is a leading European manufacturer specialising in the development and production of acoustic and thermal insulation products, including aesthetic interior and exterior trim components, engine bay systems and barrier floor mats.
TDP is a London-based European digital media company which is Europe’s largest B2B and affluent targeting network. Orbis advised on a sale of TDP to Martini Media, a San Francisco-based digital marketing business with an estimated worldwide audience of 120 million.
DVS is a market leader in the manufacture of automatic washroom solutions in the commercial markets, such as healthcare, custodial, public sector and retail markets. Orbis worked closely with the shareholders to understand the key drivers of DVS and identify strategic buyers who would benefit from DVS’ market position.
First Line is an internationally renowned distributor of matching OE components, engine, chassis and braking products, and has almost 30 years’ experience in the automotive aftermarket. Orbis worked closely with the management team to lead a deal to secure the business.
Opella is the leading UK manufacturer of plastic injection moulded toilet filling and flushing products, selling to major DIY retailers and building/plumbing merchants both directly and through distributors. Opella appointed Orbis as advisers for the disposal.
Progress Care is a leading specialist education and care provider, supporting children and young adults with high acuity learning disabilities, challenging behaviour and autism. Orbis identified strategic buyers who could further develop the core service proposition further.
Virtual Internet specialises in providing high availability hosting for websites and other managed services to large corporates and the public sector often in time critical applications. Orbis advised and invested in the BIMBO of Virtual Internet in October 2006. Orbis also assisted the management team in driving value into the business prior to the sale of the business.
Chemtek is a manufacturer of liquid cleaners for household and commercial use. Orbis advised on a sale of Chemtek. The Shareholders wanted to sell to an organisation which would provide Chemtek a platform to realise its potential.
Biscom Resource Management Limited is a highly regarded firm providing a range of training programmes and job procurement solutions for the unemployed or otherwise disadvantaged people to secure employment. Orbis acted as lead adviser to the two shareholders of Biscom.
Correl Rail is a UK based independent certification company to the rail industry. Correl appointed Orbis as advisers for the disposal. As part of the Clairfield International network, Orbis were able to generate a number interested parties and a total of six offers.
Lawrence Recycling & Waste Management Limited is a regional skip hire business operating a modern fleet of vehicles in the Kidderminster and Stourbridge area. Orbis acted as lead advisor to the management team in the raising of £10 million of development capital.
Sontay is one of the largest UK based independent suppliers of sensors, controls and peripherals into the Building Management Services (BMS) market. Orbis worked closely with the chairman, investors and the management team to orchestrate the acquisition from the General Electric Group.
SACCS is a specialist care services business, providing residential therapeutic treatments for young children who have suffered early life traumas including neglect, sexual, physical and mental abuse. When Orbis was introduced to the shareholder, the company had low occupancy as a result of a reduction in local authority placements due to the economic downturn.
Established in 1993, Midland Precision is a market leading precision engineering business based in the midlands. Orbis were appointed to sell Midland Precision. We needed to find a buyer which would be both acceptable to the Midland key customers and which could also benefit from these relationships to further enhance its own business.
BakFin Limited is the parent company of Baker & Finnemore Limited, a specialist manufacturer of “Starlock” push‐on fasteners. Orbis was appointed to advise the shareholders on the disposal, having worked with them on the original MBO.
Ash & Lacy Building Systems (ALBS) is a leading manufacturer of metal building envelope systems and ancillary products. Orbis advised on a sale of ALBS to an Investor Group, who have significant experience in this sector.
Antler is the UK’s leading luggage brand, established over 140 years ago, and also has offices in USA and China. Orbis led the transaction to acquire the trade and assets of the business from the administrator in a pre-pack process.
Amtech is a global leading supplier of design and test & inspection software solutions to the electrical engineering market. Orbis acted as lead advisor to the management team in conducting an MBO of the business from the private vendor and helping to secure equity funding.
The Complete Case Management Group was established in the 1990’s to provide care services to enable individuals to return to their own homes from hospital. The management team needed help defining their strategy and Orbis identified that they were capable of driving a much bigger game plan.
Enpure is the £19.1m management buy-out of Purac, a leading process engineering, technology and project management company serving the water and environmental sectors, from AWG Plc. Orbis advised Enpure on its financial forecasting and structuring an appropriate funding package.
Spaform had been manufacturing hot tubs from a site in Portsmouth since the early 1980s, although the company was the largest spa maker in Europe the business materially underperformed. Orbis orchestrated a rescue deal to save the business and eventually a company sale.
ERG is one of the UK’s largest medico-legal businesses. Orbis’s original remit was to assist in re-banking the business away from the existing asset-based lender. It soon became apparent that the chance of achieving this was very remote primarily because of the considerable termination fees that the existing lender would charge.
Sanguin is world leading supplier of blood processing software with a worldwide customer base. Orbis acted as lead advisors to the shareholders on the disposal of the business to German firm Stratec Biomedical Systems AG.
Global is a family owned food manufacturing business specialising in innovative and quality ‘hand-made’ restaurant standard food. The business was being squeezed by its creditors and factoring facility provider and was starting to be unable to fulfil its orders.
Microlise designs and provides customised transport management solutions. Orbis worked closely with the management team to lead a deal to secure the business, agreeing an appropriate deal and funding structure and then identifying and securing equity and debt funding for the projects.
Forward Approach was the largest residential childcare provider in South Wales caring for children with complex emotional and behavioural difficulties. Orbis Partners were appointed to sell Forward Approach and realise a strategic value for the Shareholders.
Ollerton Limited was well-known as a leading supplier of premium, quality street furniture. Orbis acted as lead advisor to the all the shareholders in the business and advised the executive directors on the best way to present their business for sale.
Esteem designs, installs, supports and manages IT infrastructure for businesses between 250 and 20,000 users. Orbis worked with Joe Connolly an experienced MBI candidate in the TMT sector and identified Esteem as a target vehicle for a buy and build strategy.
Vignal is the leading commercial vehicle lighting equipment and systems manufacturer in Europe. Orbis worked with the management team to acquire Vignal from its parent company, French automotive giant Valeo in deal worth just under £15m.
Elite Creations is one of Europe’s leading suppliers and distributors of fast fashion accessories with offices and showrooms in Hong Kong and London together with a UK based design team. Orbis supported the management team securing funding and advising on deal structure.
TSEU is a specialist provider of traffic control solutions and services in the urban roads market. Orbis orchestrated the strategic sale of the business to Telent. TSEU was an attractive strategic acquisition having developed an impressive range of products and services into the growing traffic management sector.
SWP Group Ltd (SWP) designs, manufactures and installs a range of industrial engineered products and systems, serving international markets in the gas, oil, petrochemical, construction and water utilities sector. The SWP group operates through subsidiaries ULVA, Fulflow and Plasflow which has operations in Cambridge, Sheffield, Rotherham and Telford.
Lift & Engineering Services Limited (LES) was one of the leading independent lift service providers in the UK and operates from its headquarters in Cradley Heath, West Midlands, with additional offices in Leicester and London.
TT Electronics is a £500 million turnover group quoted on the London stock exchange. They supply electronics to the world’s leading manufacturers in the transportation, industrial aerospace defence and medical markets.