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

Manufacturing

Main location

Germany

Investment date

2017

Deal size

N/D

Website

wangen.com

Silverfleet Capital contact

Klaus Maurer

Status

Unrealised

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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

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

Barracuda

Business overview

Barracuda Group is a national operator of pubs and bars, and is one of the top ten largest managed pub operators in the UK, with four distinct brands; Smith and Jones, Varsity, Barracuda Bar and Juniper Inns.

Investment rationale

Silverfleet Capital has a long and successful track record in the pub sector. In early 2000 the managed pub sector was out of favour with valuation multiples much lower than for tenanted pub businesses. We recognised this and therefore decided to sell our tenanted pub investment, Pubmaster and teamed up with Mark McQuater to pursue opportunities in the managed pub sector. Our aim was to buy and build a top quality managed pub business operating in niche markets within secondary towns and suburban high streets, which at the time were poorly served by other national operators. We reviewed a number of potential acquisitions before completing the £50 million acquisition of a high quality and largely freehold estate of 35 pubs from Enterprise Inns in July 2000.

Value creation

This was a highly successful buy and build with the initial acquisition being quickly followed in October 2000 with the purchase of AIM listed Ambishus Pub Company in a £36m public to private transaction which added a further 61 pubs to the group.

In September 2001, a further 50 sites were acquired from Wolverhampton and Dudley for £37m, these included 19 student focused Varsity pubs; and finally in October 2002 Barracuda acquired a further eight bars owned by Old Monk Plc.

In each case the acquisitions were rapidly integrated into the group, the lower quality pubs were sold and, with many of the remaining sites benefiting from a substantial refurbishment and rebranding programme, operational performance improved significantly.

We worked with the management team to set up a strong corporate structure for the newly created business including the introduction of John Conlan, an experienced leisure sector Chairman and the recruitment of a new Finance Director. Having made the various acquisitions and developed the four strong brands we moved the focus to the development of individual sites where the average return on investment for the 39 new sites opened was c.30%.

During the period of our investment, Barracuda became one of the top 10 managed pub companies in the UK, growing from 35 to 155 units with a development pipeline of more than 60 further sites. Branch EBITDA grew from £12.3million in 2001 to £29.3million in 2005. The business was the fastest growing managed pub company in the UK with market leading operating margins and won awards for Pub Company of the Year and Retail Brand of the Year.

Outcome

In 2005 we initiated an auction process to sell the business involving trade, property and private equity purchasers. In June 2005 the business was sold to Charterhouse for £262million resulting in a return of 2.9x cost and a 27% IRR.

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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

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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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