Portfolio Companies

Long-standing commitment to European mid-market investments

We have supported the European mid-market since 1985, and we have been active investors in each of our three principal markets – UK, France and Germany – as well as in the Nordic and Benelux regions.

We typically invest in high quality international businesses with an enterprise value of between €75 million and €300 million, which we look to back through their next phase of growth, which will typically include a buy & build, roll-out or expansion strategy.

Investments

Sector

Business & Financial Services

Main location

United Kingdom

Investment date

2016

Deal size

N/D

Website

lifetimetraining.co.uk

Silverfleet Capital contact

Adrian Yurkwich

Status

Unrealised

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Sector

Manufacturing

Main location

United Kingdom

Investment date

2016

Deal size

£65m

Website

sigmacomponents.com

Silverfleet Capital contact

David MacKenzie

Status

Unrealised

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Sector

Manufacturing

Main location

France

Investment date

2016

Deal size

N/D

Website

coventya.com

Silverfleet Capital contact

Alexandre Lefebvre

Status

Unrealised

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Sector

Retail, Leisure & Consumer

Main location

Denmark

Investment date

2015

Deal size

N/D

Website

masai.eu

Silverfleet Capital contact

Gareth Whiley

Status

Unrealised

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Sector

Business & Financial Services

Main location

Norway

Investment date

2014

Deal size

€195m

Website

agr.com

Silverfleet Capital contact

Adrian Yurkwich

Status

Unrealised

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Sector

Manufacturing

Main location

Denmark

Investment date

2014

Deal size

N/D

Website

phaseone.com

Silverfleet Capital contact

Gareth Whiley

Status

Unrealised

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Sector

Business & Financial Services

Main location

Germany

Investment date

2013

Deal size

N/D

Website

yourccc.com

Silverfleet Capital contact

Guido May

Status

Unrealised

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Sector

Business & Financial Services

Main location

Guernsey

Investment date

2013

Deal size

£50m

Website

ipes.com

Silverfleet Capital contacts

Kay Ashton
Mark Piasecki

Status

Unrealised

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Sector

Retail, Leisure & Consumer

Main location

France

Investment date

2012

Deal size

€65m

Website

lafeemaraboutee.fr

Silverfleet Capital contact

Alexandre Lefebvre

Status

Unrealised

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Sector

Retail, Leisure & Consumer

Main location

Germany

Investment date

2010

Deal size

N/D

Website

creatrade-holding.de

Silverfleet Capital contact

Guido May

Status

Unrealised

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Sector

Manufacturing

Main location

Denmark

Investment date

2013

Exit date

2016

Deal size (exit)

€310m

Website

cimbria.com

Status

Realised

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Sector

Manufacturing

Main location

Germany

Investment date

2009

Exit date

2016

Deal size

N/D

Website

kalle.de

Status

Realised

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Sector

Retail, Leisure & Consumer

Main location

United Kingdom

Investment date

2010

Exit date

2015

Deal size (exit)

£256m

Website

office.co.uk

Status

Realised

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Sector

Healthcare

Main location

United Kingdom

Investment date

2011

Exit date

2014

Deal size (exit)

£230m

Website

aesica-pharma.co.uk

Status

Realised

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Sector

Healthcare

Main location

Germany

Investment date

2004

Exit date

2011

Deal size (exit)

€170m

Website

mwdental.de

Status

Realised

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Sector

Healthcare

Main location

United States

Investment date

2004

Exit date

2011

Deal size (exit)

$675m

Website

sterigenics.com

Status

Realised

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Sector

Retail, Leisure & Consumer

Main location

France

Investment date

2006

Exit date

2010

Deal size (exit)

€417m

Website

histoiredor.com

Status

Realised

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Sector

Business & Financial Services

Main location

Benelux

Investment date

2004

Exit date

2008

Deal size (exit)

€750m

Website

tmf-group.com

Status

Realised

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Sector

Manufacturing

Main location

Germany

Investment date

2005

Exit date

2008

Deal size (acquisition)

€320m

Website

jost-world.com

Status

Realised

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Sector

Healthcare

Main location

Sweden

Investment date

2004

Exit date

2007

Deal size (exit)

€1.3bn

Website

phadia.com

Status

Realised

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Sector

Manufacturing

Main location

Germany

Investment date

2005

Exit date

2006

Deal size (exit)

€157m

Website

global-safety-textiles.com

Status

Realised

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Sector

Business & Financial Services

Main location

France

Investment date

1998

Exit date

2006

Deal size (exit)

€117m

Website

group-iph.com

Status

Realised

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Sector

Retail, Leisure & Consumer

Main location

United Kingdom

Investment date

2000

Exit date

2005

Deal size (exit)

£262m

Status

Realised

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Sector

Business & Financial Services

Main location

United Kingdom

Investment date

2000

Exit date

2005

Deal size (exit)

£520m

Website

rrdonnelley.com/gds

Status

Realised

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Sector

Manufacturing

Main location

Finland

Investment date

1996

Exit date

2005

Deal size (exit)

€345m

Website

kemira.com

Status

Realised

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Sector

Business & Financial Services

Main location

United Kingdom

Investment date

2000

Exit date

2005

Deal size

N/D

Website

linkfinancial.co.uk

Status

Realised

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Sector

Healthcare

Main location

United Kingdom

Investment date

2000

Exit date

2004

Deal size (exit)

£177m

Website

oxoid.com

Status

Realised

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Sector

Retail, Leisure & Consumer

Main location

United Kingdom

Investment date

2001

Exit date

2003

Deal size (exit)

£150m

Website

oasis-stores.com

Status

Realised

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Sector

Retail, Leisure & Consumer

Main location

United Kingdom

Investment date

1997

Exit date

2003

Deal size (exit)

£1.2bn

Website

galabingo.co.uk

Status

Realised

Gala

Business overview

In 1997 Gala was a bingo club operator owned by Bass plc, with c.130 clubs across the UK. As a strong number two in the UK, it represented an excellent platform from which to lead a consolidation of the bingo market.

Investment rationale

Prior to our investment in, we had been working for a number of months with a high quality MBI team to identify opportunities within the low ticket, high volume gaming sector. Gala, our preferred target, was without a senior management team, consequently our exclusive relationship with the MBI team, together with our strong track record in the leisure sector, was successful in ensuring that we were one of only 3 parties invited into a limited auction in 1997.

Despite being operationally undermanaged, we saw that there was a significant opportunity to improve underlying profitability and to improve the quality of the existing estate by exiting under-performing sites and initiating a selective new site roll-out program.

Value creation

Under Silverfleet Capital’s ownership, Gala completed three acquisitions with a total enterprise value of £145m, emerging as the clear number one in the UK bingo market. We worked closely with management to identify, negotiate and secure these acquisitions, arranging the debt finance necessary to support this buy and build strategy.

Outcome

Having successfully completed a consolidation of the UK bingo market, the decision was taken to seek an exit, and in April 2000, the business was sold for £370m in a secondary MBO, led by CSFB Private Equity who were looking to back the next phase of its strategic development plan, which involved expanding its interests into other high volume, low ticket gaming segments.

We remained strongly supportive of both the business, the management team, and the strategy for diversification, and so encouraged by the Gala management team, we negotiated to reinvest £20m alongside CSFB. We remained closely involved with the business over the following investment phase, taking a seat on the board and maintaining an active involvement in the subsequent investment strategy.

Within twelve months of the secondary MBO, Gala had made its first acquisition outside the bingo sector, acquiring Ladbrokes regional casino’s business for c.£235m. The acquisition was closely aligned to the strategy of diversification into other forms of high volume, low ticket gaming, and we were pleased to support the acquisition with a further £19m equity investment.

Over the course of our investment in the Gala Group, the business completed and successfully integrated four acquisitions whilst consistently achieving above market like-for-like sales growth and more than tripling EBITDA.

Both stages of our investment were highly successful for Silverfleet Capital, with the exit to CSFB generating a 29% IRR and 1.8x money multiple, and the tertiary MBO to Candover and Cinven, which valued the business in excess of £1.2 bn, generating a 54% IRR and 3.1x money multiple.

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Sector

Retail, Leisure & Consumer

Main location

France

Investment date

1999

Exit date

2002

Deal size (exit)

€402m

Website

joa-casino.com

Status

Realised

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Sector

Retail, Leisure & Consumer

Main location

United Kingdom

Investment date

1998

Exit date

2001

Deal size (exit)

£30m

Website

firedearth.com

Status

Realised

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Sector

Retail, Leisure & Consumer

Main location

United Kingdom

Investment date

1996

Exit date

2000

Deal size (exit)

£499m

Status

Realised

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