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Benchmark International Advises on the Sale of Profab Access Limited to ERA Home Security Limited

Posted on August 8, 2018 By in UK Deals + UK M&A

Benchmark International is delighted to announce the sale of Warwickshire based manufacturer of riser doors, steel doors and access panels, Profab, to home security specialist, ERA.

Established in 2000, Profab provides to a B2B client base worldwide, with its products featuring in a number of prestigious buildings.

ERA, a division of Tyman Plc, is a specialist in the design and manufacture of window/door hardware and home security alarm systems. In 2017, Bilco UK Ltd, a provider of standard and bespoke roof access hatches, floor doors, ladders and smoke vents, and Howe Green Limited, a manufacturer of fabricated floor access covers, linear drainage, tree pit covers and bespoke metalwork, became a part of ERA, following the acquisition of Howe Green.

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Tags: UK Deals, UK M&A

Benchmark International Advises on the Sale of VCUK Services Ltd & VCUK Ltd to Communicate Better Limited

Posted on July 27, 2018 By in UK Deals + UK M&A

Benchmark International is delighted to announce the sale of South Wales based VCUK Services and VCUK (trading as Vision Communications) to technology provider, Communicate Better.

The acquisition of telecommunications company, Vision Communications, will enhance its product portfolio of telephony, IT, and vehicle telematics, whilst it retains its brand, management and staff.

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Tags: UK Deals, UK M&A

Benchmark International has Successfully Facilitated the Sale of Taylor Partnership (Immigration) Limited to Newland Chase Limited

Posted on July 9, 2018 By in UK Deals + UK M&A

Benchmark International is pleased to announce the sale of Taylor Partnership to Newland Chase.

Taylor Partnership is an immigration law firm specialising in a niche market, preparing and submitting visa applications for students worldwide and managing Tier 4 licences awarded by the Home Office for prestigious, independent boarding schools in the UK that need to maintain compliancy in order to retain the licence.

Newland Chase, a wholly owned subsidiary of CIBT, is a global immigration company providing specialist immigration services worldwide. The group of companies provide best-in-class visa and work permit services for expats and businesses, from large multinational corporations to small and medium-sized companies and start-ups, in more than 180 countries around the world.

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Tags: UK Deals, UK M&A

Benchmark International has Successfully Facilitated the Sale of ECA Services Ltd to E&M Computing Ltd

Posted on June 8, 2018 By in UK Deals + UK M&A

Benchmark International is delighted to announce the sale of system integrator ECA to Israeli based IT infrastructure specialist, E&M Computing, trading as EMET.

Based in Reading, ECA has a presence throughout the UK and Ireland as an IoT and embedded industrial computer systems integrator providing core technology from world leading IT manufacturers, Advantech and DellEMC. Technology is utilised to create solutions for ticketing systems on buses and railways which has included work on the London Underground payment system, NHS Trust critical care patient record systems and BT's billing system.

Founded in 1984, EMET specialises in data centre, cloud, and information technology. The company has offices in Ramat-Gan, Rosh Ha'ayin, Petach-Tikva, Haifa and Ashdod with worldwide distribution hubs and a workforce of 850.

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Tags: UK Deals, UK M&A

Benchmark International has Closed Eight Transactions in Just Eight Days

Posted on June 4, 2018 By in UK Deal Making + Success + UK M&A

Benchmark International is delighted to announce the closing of eight deals in just eight days – a record amount closed for the company in such a short space of time.

The clients were from a diverse range of sectors, including those in building and construction, document management, manufacturing, ambulance services, IT, and the distribution of medical products. Benchmark International has capitalised on confidence returning to the market by executing this number of deals in as many days, conducting transactions with private investors, private equity firms and trade buyers, both domestically and internationally, with locations spanning Dublin, Israel and the USA.

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Benchmark International Has Successfully Facilitated the Sale of CSM Storage & Archives Limited to OASIS Group

Posted on May 23, 2018 By in UK Deals + UK M&A

Benchmark International is pleased to announce the sale of CSM to OASIS.

CSM is a provider of storage for confidential archive material, confidential data and document destruction services. The company also provides services such as file and box retrieval, unit/furniture storage and an ISO accredited document scanning and digitalisation service. Operating around Central London from a freehold premises, the company is ideally placed to serve hospitals, legal firms and architects.

Operating in the records and information management (RIM) industry, OASIS stores information securely, controlling costs, staying ahead of regulatory requirements and creating value from clients' stored information. Services include records management and document storage, scanning and digital access solutions, data protection services and media vault, shredding and destruction, business continuity and GDPR solutions, and industry solutions. A company operating in Western Europe, OASIS has more than 30 locations across five countries: Great Britain, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Netherlands, and Belgium.

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Tags: UK Deals, UK M&A

New GDP Regulations in Europe: What Does This Mean for M&A?

Posted on May 18, 2018 By in Business Tips + UK Government + UK M&A

On the 25th May 2018, a new data protection regulation (the General Data Protection Regulation or GDPR) replaces the Data Protection Directive with the aim of protecting the personal data and privacy of EU citizens. It must be adhered to by all companies conducting business in the EU, regardless of the location in which they operate.

So, in the context of M&A activity, how will this affect you? One of the changes places a heavier emphasis on the privacy of a company’s customers; therefore, companies will be scrutinised on how they collect, store, use and transfer personal data. The knock-on effect this then has is that during a transaction, an acquirer will carry out even more comprehensive checks on the target, examining internal data protection systems and processes and undertaking checks on contracts with suppliers and subcontractors, which must comply with the new regulation.

This is in an acquirer’s best interest, as they inherit any existing data protection liabilities from the seller post-sale and the penalties for a breach are steep, attracting a maximum fine of either €20m, or 4% of global turnover, depending on whichever figure is highest.

It also will have an effect on the communicating of personal data during the due diligence process between an acquirer and seller. Personal data can now only be disclosed if the acquirer can show a legitimate interest. While in the M&A process, an acquirer can prove that they do have a legitimate interest in the data this is unlikely to extend to every individual involved in the business, instead just encompassing members of the organisation such a managers. Care then has to still be taken to not personally identify any individual outside of this remit, so a seller must make sure they are cautious not to identify individual customers or employees and suitably anonymise this data.

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Benchmark International has Successfully Facilitated the Sale of Day 2 Interiors Limited to Lynx Equity Limited

Posted on May 18, 2018 By in UK Deals + UK M&A

Benchmark International is pleased to announce the successful acquisition of Day 2 to Lynx.

Day 2 is an award-winning office furniture dealership and commercial furnishing scheme consultant acting as a subcontractor to architectural firms, as well as directly for private, public, and commercial clients. The company operates UK-wide although it has an international presence, conducting business in Europe and via a secondary premises in Qatar.

Lynx is a Canadian-based manager of private equity funds. The company seeks to invest in mid-market companies ($750k-$2.5M EBITDA) with the goal of building value through opportunistic acquisitions, strategic leadership and the timely use of financial expertise. Lynx finances its capital requirements through the issuance of high-yield debentures to qualified investors who enter into loan agreements with Lynx for periods of one to five years.

Commenting on the acquisition, Jim Meier, founder and Managing Director of Day 2 said: “I have been evaluating several options for the next chapter in the Day 2 story, and the Lynx team and company ethos have stood head and shoulders above the others.

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Tags: UK Deals, UK M&A

Benchmark International has Successfully Facilitated the Sale of Secure Care UK Limited to BrightStar Capital (London) Ltd

Posted on May 15, 2018 By in UK Deals + UK M&A

Benchmark International is delighted to announce the sale of Secure Care to BrightStar Capital.

Secure Care, established since 2013, is an ambulance service provider for forensic and acute mental health patients providing a 24/7, 365 day service for the movement and care of people with mental health conditions, learning disabilities and dementia. Based in Sussex, the company is located across different sites throughout the UK including London, Leeds, and Birmingham with services provided to a range of clients including private hospitals, prisons, police custody suites and NHS trusts.

BrightStar Capital acquires or invests in stable, profitable businesses with untapped growth potential. The company works with shareholders that are looking to fully or partially exit and takes an active role in helping an existing or new management team grow the business. Typically, the company looks at businesses that have a turnover of £1m-£10m and a £250k-£1.5m EBITDA, operating in sectors such as manufacturing and distribution, media, services, health and wellness, leisure, and consumer and retail.

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Tags: UK Deals, UK M&A

Benchmark International Advises on the Sale of McPhee Bros (Blantyre) Limited to Elaghmore Partners LLP

Posted on May 14, 2018 By in UK Deals + UK M&A

Benchmark International has successfully facilitated the transaction between McPhee Bros (Blantyre) (trading as McPhee Mixers) to Elaghmore for an undisclosed multi-million pound sum.

McPhee Mixers was established in 1971 and has developed since then to manufacture and supply its own brand of truck mounted concrete mixers for the construction and quarrying industry, as well as provide a servicing and repair facility.

The company provides its large multinational customer base with a unique product range, tailored to their requirements and, as a result, has been recognised as an industry innovator with a range of patents covering its products.

The company has a robust infrastructure, with a 70 strong team and premises in two locations, comprising a manufacturing plant in Blantyre and a service and repair centre in Chesterfield. As no other UK concrete mixer manufacturer has more than one location, this uniquely places the company in servicing its high profile customer base throughout the UK.

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Tags: UK Deals, UK M&A

Benchmark International Advises on the Sale of Intuition Communication Limited to LaingBuisson Limited

Posted on May 10, 2018 By in UK Deals + UK M&A

Benchmark International is delighted to announce the sale of Intuition to LaingBuisson.

Established in 2003, Intuition is a specialist in the provision of media, intelligence and solutions for the delivery of consumer and B2B information on the private healthcare sector in the UK and for international travel. The company helps global healthcare providers all over the globe attract more clients through its range of consumer websites, which patients can use to make informed decisions regarding their choice of healthcare professional, hospital or clinic.

LaingBuisson, operating in a complementary sector and providing an excellent strategic fit for Intuition, is a leading provider of market intelligence, consulting and data solutions for the health and social care markets in the UK and the chosen provider of independent sector healthcare market data to the UK’s Office for National Statistics.

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Tags: UK Deals, UK M&A

Why 2018 is the Year to Conduct an M&A Deal

Posted on May 8, 2018 By in UK M&A

A business confidence survey conducted by accountancy firm EY has shown that nearly two thirds of UK companies are planning M&A deals over the next 12 months, which is the highest level since 2010.

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Tags: UK M&A

Benchmark International Advises on the Sale of DW Reporting Ltd to BigHand Limited

Posted on April 9, 2018 By in UK Deals + UK M&A

Benchmark International is delighted to announce that it has successfully facilitated the transaction between DW Reporting and BigHand.

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Tags: UK Deals, UK M&A

Benchmark International has Advised on the Sale of Cumberland Platforms Limited to GELEV Group

Posted on March 16, 2018 By in UK Deals + UK M&A

Benchmark International is delighted to announce the sale of Cumberland Platforms Limited (CPL) to GELEV Group, trading as KLUBB.

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Tags: UK Deals, UK M&A

Benchmark International Advises on the Deal Between SigmaRoc and Topcrete Limited

 

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RPC Group's Profits Soar Following Acquisitions

RPC, the international design and engineering company, has cited recent acquisitions in the last financial year as key factor in its profits more than doubling.

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Fox approaches its first hurdle in its bid to take over Sky

The announcement in December of last year that Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox was positioned for a full takeover of Sky was hardly one of the most popular deal announcements of 2016, and most certainly the least surprising. The £11.7bn bid has proved to be a contentious one, and Murdoch and co. have now reached one of their first major hurdles in the deal process in the form of competition authorities.

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Is M&A The Recipe For Bringing The Bite Back To Biscuits?

The UK biscuit industry is crumbling; slowing sales, intense competition and an increase in the price of sugar and wheat have hit the sector hard. Not to mention the pressure from the vast range of new and healthier products that are available. As a result, the UK sweet biscuit market, valued at £1.9bn, is experiencing a flurry of deal making.

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Tesco and Booker merger reignites Marmite war

They say that you either love it or hate it, but Marmite has been at the centre of a dispute between one of the UK’s largest supermarket chains and the suppliers of the distinctly British condiment. The feud escalated last year after Tesco refused to agree to Unilever’s price increases, however the dispute was resolved in October and Marmite was back on supermarket shelves. But now, the supermarket giant’s £3.9bn takeover of wholesaler Booker is expected to reignite Tesco’s feud with Unilever as critics argue the deal will create an incredibly dominant player in the sector.

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Benchmark International Advises on the Sale of Malcolm Hughes Land Surveyors to the Ogilvie Group

Benchmark International is pleased to announce the sale of Malcolm Hughes Land Surveyors to the Ogilvie Geomatics, a part of the Ogilvie Group.

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