Marlowe plc acquires Guardian Water Treatment for up to £2.8M

gwtltd-marlowe-logoSupport services group Marlowe plc, the has acquired Guardian Water Treatment Limited (which includes GPCS Limited) for up to £2.8 million on a cash and debt free basis.

Founded in 2000, Guardian operates nationally from headquarters in Basildon, Essex, and employs around 90 staff. Guardian provides a portfolio of water treatment services to over 400 customers with a significant presence within the facilities management, engineering and manufacturing sectors.

For the year to 31 March 2017, Guardian reported revenues of £6.4 million, adjusted profit before tax of £0.4 million and net assets of £2 million. Marlowe are paying £2.4 million cash upfront and a cash earn-out capped at £0.85 million.

The key members of Guardian’s operational management team will be staying with the business.

Alex Dacre, Chief Executive of Marlowe plc, commented: “The acquisition of Guardian is a further significant step in our strategy of consolidation of the UK water treatment sector. The business benefits from strong recurring revenues, longstanding customer relationships and will further strengthen our capabilities in the attractive London market.”

UK, London & Essex

Bellrock completes five acquisitions – Concerto, Stanley Hicks, Property Solutions, Dawn and RBK Mechanical

Property and facilities management business Bellrock has completed five add-on acquisitions in just three months.

The company has acquired Concerto, Stanley Hicks, Property Solutions, Dawn and RBK Mechanical

Leicester based Bellrock is backed by private equity firm Lyceum Capital. The terms of the deals were not disclosed.

The acquired businesses:

  • Concerto, a software business focussed on the Facilities, Property and Asset management space. Concerto’s software will continue to be sold on a stand-alone basis and is also being integrated into Bellrock’s core operations.  Concerto adds contracts from the Public Sector and retailers such as John Lewis and Poundland.
  • Property Solutions, consultants on commercial service charges for properties. The acquisition will add blue chip companies such as BT, WPP and Lloyds Banking Group to its client list.
  • Stanley Hicks, a firm of Chartered Surveyors, offering commercial property advice. Established for over 100 years, Stanley Hicks has relationships in the non-profit and education sectors.
  • Dawn, facilities management business with long-term public sector Facilities Management contracts.
  • RBK Mechanical, carries out nationwide heating ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) maintenance.

Jeremy Hand, Managing Partner of Lyceum said, “Bellrock continues to disrupt the Property and Facilities Management space, offering its customers a radically improved service.  We are excited about Bellrock’s future following its recent acquisitions, together with potential add-ons that are in the pipeline, as well as further planned organic investment.”

David Smith, CEO, Bellrock added: “Our recent acquisitions continue the transformation of Bellrock and further help in the delivery of a whole new customer experience. Lyceum’s continuing vision and support were instrumental in bringing these acquisitions to fruition.”

UK, Leicester


Hansen acquires PPL Solutions

Hansen Technologies Limited has acquired PPL Solutions, LLC from NYSE listed PPL Corporation). The purchase price is expected to represent approximately 4 times Solutions’ EBITDA, and will be funded from Hansen’s internal cash resources.

Headquartered in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, PPL Solutions provides billing, business processing outsourcing (“BPO”), call centre and information technology services to competitive electric and gas suppliers and regulated utilities in the US. The business has 230 staff, with the majority of these located at PPL Solutions’ call centre facility in Hazelton, Pennsylvania.

PPL Solutions is a strategically attractive business that is strongly aligned with Hansen’s key acquisition criteria: it sits within Hansen’s core billing & customer care business; owns the intellectual property in its billing software; has recurring revenue streams; and extends Hansen’s footprint into a new market segment in the US. The PPL Solutions business adds business process outsourcing, customer care and Software-as-a-Service to Hansen’s portfolio of Electricity, Gas and Water products.

PPL Solutions is expected to represent approximately 7% of the combined Hansen worldwide EBITDA. Given the BPO nature of the Solutions business and the services provided, the business operates on margins below  those historically achieved by Hansen.

Australia, Victoria & USA, Bethlehem, PA

Kier Group to acquire Mouchel for £265M

kier-logoKier, the FTSE 250 property, residential, construction and services group, has announced that it has entered a conditional agreement to buy French repairs and maintenance business Mouchel.

Mouchel provides advisory, design, project delivery and managed services to the highways and transportation, local government, property, emergency services, health, education and utilities markets in the United Kingdom, the Middle East and Australia.

Kier has agreed to acquire Mouchel for £265 million in cash, to be financed by a £340 million fully underwritten rights issue.

Mouchel reported group revenue (including share of JVs) of £616.6 million and underlying operating profit of £27.7 million for the year ended 30 September 2014. Revenues for the three months ended 31 December 2014 increased by 38 per cent. compared to the same period in the previous year. The Acquisition is anticipated to deliver pre-tax cost synergies of approximately £10 million in the financial year ending 30 June 2017, with integration costs of the Acquisition expected to be approximately £17 million.

The Acquisition creates an Enlarged Group with a pro forma combined order book of £9.3 billion (as at 31 March 2015), comprising Kier’s order book of £6.5 billion and Mouchel’s order book of £2.8 billion.

Haydn Mursell, Chief Executive of Kier, said: “Over the last three years, Mouchel has been transformed into a strong business with market leading positions. The combination of Kier and Mouchel, particularly in the provision of UK highways maintenance services, creates a leader in a growing marketplace. The Acquisition is consistent with and accelerates the delivery of our Vision 2020 strategy and will provide compelling value to shareholders.”

UK, Bedfordshire

Two Fusion Deals in Two Days: The sale of energyTEAM and ENER-G Procurement

Fusion only - logoFusion Corporate Partners are pleased to announce the completion of the sale of two energy management services companies (and the third Fusion completion in the last month).

energyTEAM Limited and ENER-G Procurement Limited

Fusion Corporate Partners acted as corporate advisor for the vendors of both companies. The Fusion team was led by Paul Kelly, director at Fusion.

ET LogoenergyTEAM, a privately owned company based in Burgess Hill, West Sussex, has been running for nearly 40 years. Led by joint managing directors Chris Best and Brian Rickerby, energyTEAM has over 800 UK clients including public and private sector organisations. The company provides an integrated and fully managed energy management service comprising energy procurement and energy services. energyTEAM employs 60 staff. The deal was completed on Thursday 9th April 2015.

ener-gENER-G Procurement, owned by Salford-headquartered international renewable and sustainable energy specialist ENER-G Group, is based in Studley, Warwickshire. ENER-G Procurement was formed through the merger of the energy procurement arm of CMR Consultants and Utility Auditing Limited. Both companies were acquired by ENER-G Holdings plc in 2006 and 2007 respectively. ENER-G Procurement’s clients range from single energy-intensive sites, to large multi-site groups. ENER-G Procurement employs 52 staff. The deal was completed on Friday 10th April 2015.

Both companies were sold to Warrington based procurement services firm Inprova Group. The deals have been funded through a debt facility from Barclays. Investment from private equity house LDC is fuelling Inprova’s growth plans, which consist of a UK and international acquisition strategy focused on technology and category expertise that will complement the existing business. The terms of the deals are not being disclosed.

“It is highly unusual to sell two companies to the same acquirer at almost the same time. Both deals attracted multiple offers from prospective acquirers in two separate competitive processes. However, both vendors selected Inprova Group as their preferred choice,” said Kelly. “Neither vendor knew who the other was and, beside the normal complications of any sale process, the Fusion team also had to ensure confidentiality was maintained at all times. I am proud of the way the team managed these processes and I am delighted at the successful outcomes for both of our clients”.

Inprova Group is based at Olympic Park, in Birchwood, Warrington and has been set up by the founders of purchasing firm CEL Procurement, which has been providing procurement services since 1987, and was rebranded as Inprova in preparation for the group’s ambitious growth strategy. The company launched with Bob Holt as its chairman. Mr Holt drove the expansion and stock market flotation of property repairs giant Mears Group.

“Purchasing these two energy brokers ties in with Inprova’s wider strategy of building scale and capability across new procurement markets.” Commented Inprova group chief executive Paul Kennedy. For many of our customers, utility spend is becoming an increasingly complex and volatile area of spend and as such, they require a greater level of support and guidance in this spend category. The integration of these two businesses into the Inprova Group will enable us to negotiate better energy prices as we’ll take a far larger aggregation of spend to market. It is also likely that there’ll be opportunities for us to deliver wider procurement related services into the enlarged customer base.”

“Inprova Group will be turning over in excess of £12m per year following these two acquisitions.” Kennedy added: “My aim is to at least double this figure over the next two to three years. We’ll do this through our strong customer base in existing markets, which offers significant growth opportunities and also by continuing our ambitious UK and international expansion strategy.”

The Fusion Team has completed over 80 UK and cross border Business Support Services, Energy & Environmental Services, Media, Business Information & Technology, Exhibitions & Conferences, TV Broadcast & Production, Healthcare and Online Commerce transactions. Fusion specialises in the sale of middle-market companies with transactional values ranging from £5 million to £100 million. The sales of energyTEAM Limited and ENER-G Procurement Limited are our 7th and 8th sales of energy management companies.

UK, Warrington, Cheshire & Burgess Hill, East Sussex & Studley, Warwickshire

Other Fusion Deals:

Business Support Services and Energy & Environmental Services

Media & Business Information

Exhibitions & Conferences



Energy Assets Group acquires SA Gas Engineers

Energy Assets GroupEnergy Assets Group plc, a provider of I&C gas metering services in the UK, has acquired SA Gas Engineers Limited, an accredited meter asset manager and a UK expert in complex I&C gas engineering and specialist siteworks projects. 

sa_gas_logoEstablished in 1992 and based in Nottingham, SA Gas provides services both upstream and downstream of the customer’s meter. The company has a wealth of experience and expertise in all types of I&C gas related engineering projects.  In the year to 31 July 2014 SA Gas generated turnover of £2.9m.

The transaction consideration comprises an initial cash payment of £3.4m, 222,108 shares in Energy Assets Group plc, with a market value of £1m, which are subject to the sellers of SA Gas remaining with the Group during a restrictive period of two years, an earnout consideration of up to £0.5m contingent on the future profitability of SA Gas and an amount for the completion cash balance of SA Gas which will be determined on the basis of completion accounts.  The cash consideration is also subject to post-completion adjustment by reference to the actual completion working capital of SA Gas.  Cash consideration will be funded from a combination of cash reserves and existing loan facilities.  

Phil Bellamy-Lee, Chief Executive of Energy Assets, commented: “Energy Assets has built a strong relationship with SA Gas over a number of years, working together on several major projects, and I am delighted to now welcome them fully into the Group in an acquisition that represents another significant step in our growth strategy.  The strong SA Gas brand and reputation, along with the wealth of acquired expertise, will complement our existing business resulting in further improvements to the service offering and value delivered to our customers.”

UK, Livingston, West Lothian & Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

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Bunzl acquires Quirumed in Spain and Jan-Mar Sales in Canada

bunzl-logoBunzl plc, the international distribution and outsourcing Group, today announces that it has completed the acquisition of two further businesses in Spain and Canada.

quirumedThe Company has acquired Quirumed, S.L. in Spain.  Based in Valencia, Quirumed is principally engaged in the supply of healthcare related products and equipment to an international customer base consisting of medical centres, doctors’ surgeries and other end users throughout Spain and in other countries in Europe.  Revenue in the year ended 31 December 2014 was €18 million.

jan-marBunzl has also purchased Jan-Mar Sales Limited in Canada.  Based in Toronto, Jan-Mar is principally engaged in the sale of cleaning and hygiene supplies to distributors in the region.  Revenue in the year ended 31 January 2015 was C$12 million.

Commenting on the acquisitions, Michael Roney, Chief Executive of Bunzl, said:

“The acquisition of Quirumed is an important development for Bunzl as it takes us into the healthcare sector in Spain for the first time, having previously acquired businesses there in the cleaning and hygiene, safety and foodservice sectors.  The purchase of Jan-Mar complements our existing cleaning and hygiene business in Canada and strengthens our position in the Toronto region.

UK, London & Spain, Valencia & Canada, Toronto

RPS Group acquires Klotz Associates for up to $24.1M

RPSlogoRPS Group plc has acquired Klotz Associates Inc. (“KAI”), a Texas based consultancy providing engineering, planning and environmental services, for a maximum consideration of US$24.1million (£15.9 million).

KlotzFounded in 1985, KAI has its headquarters in Houston and offices in Austin, San Antonio, Lufkin and Fort Worth. The company, which employs 116 staff, works primarily on projects associated with transport, water and land development, primarily to public sector clients in Texas.
Seventeen of the eighteen vendors of the business, including the founder Wayne Klotz, are remaining with RPS; the other vendor has recently retired.

In the year to 31 December 2014, KAI had revenues of US$26.2 million (£17.2 million), fee income of US$19.4 million (£12.8 million) and profit before tax of US$3.6 million (£2.4 million), after adjustment for non-recurring items. Net assets at 31 December 2014 were US$5.4 million (£3.6 million). Gross assets at 31 December 2014 were US$9.3 million (£6.1 million).
RPS is acquiring the entire share capital of KAI for a maximum total consideration of US$24.1 million (£15.9 million), all payable in cash. Consideration paid to the vendors at completion was US$16.9 million (£11.1 million). Subject to certain operational conditions being met, two further sums of US$4.8 million (£3.2 million) and US$2.4 million (£1.6 million) will be paid to the vendors on the first and second anniversaries of the transaction respectively.

Alan Hearne, Chief Executive of RPS, commented: “Klotz Associates has an excellent reputation and track record in Texas, as well as a strong management team. Its skills will complement the services RPS currently provides in the water sector.  It will also enable us to extend the range of capabilities of our business to include transport and infrastructure consulting.  We anticipate Wayne Klotz and his highly experienced team will make an important contribution to our BNE North America business, which remains a priority for investment for the RPS Board.”

UK, Abingdon, Oxfordshire & USA, Houston, TX

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Accenture to expand smart grid operations and energy trading and risk management services through acquisition of Structure

accenture1Accenture is to acquire Structure, a provider of consulting, system integration and customised solutions and services to energy and utilities clients. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

“Bringing together two very similar cultures with deep skills in the utilities and energy industries reinforces our ability to help our clients solve some of the most complex and critical challenges that lie at the heart of the digital transformation,” said Omar Abbosh, senior managing director, Accenture Resources operating group. “Structure’s capabilities in grid operations and power systems engineering, combined with Accenture’s global strengths in information technology (IT), will provide our clients with comprehensive end-to-end solutions and services to support the integration of operational technologies with IT systems, forging a path toward a smarter, more digital grid.

“This includes the deployment of advanced distribution management systems and automation solutions, as well as improved outage management and grid analytics. We also plan to combine Structure’s market operations and commodities trading services with Accenture’s capabilities in digital asset management to help our clients optimize their commercial positions.”

Founded in 1998, Structure is based in Houston. Its more than 190 employees will operate within Accenture’s Resources operating group.

The acquisition of Structure is the second for Accenture in the energy sector within a few months – in August last year it acquired Hytracc Consulting, an IT services company that provides IT consulting services to firms in the oil & gas sector. In December last year Accenture acquired Australia-based digital agency Reactive Media.

USA, Houston, TX

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Mitie acquires real estate, technology and risk management consultancy Source Eight Limited


Mitie Group plc has acquired a majority stake in Source Eight Limited, a real estate, technology and risk management consultancy.

Source8 delivers real estate, technology and risk management consultancy services to global corporations, with particular expertise in emerging markets and complex environments. The company had turnover of £4.5m in 2013. The initial consideration payable is a maximum of £2.95 million, with £2.5 million paid in cash on completion, and the remainder payable dependent on performance targets. Further consideration is payable in cash up to a maximum of £12.5 million (£15.45m total consideration) depending on financial performance over a five year period.

UK, Bristol & London

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