Angel Springs Holdings Limited / Lloyds Development Capital
Cavendish Corporate Finance LLP is pleased to announce it has successfully advised on the sale of Angel Springs, the largest independent water cooler service provider in the UK, majority owned by funds managed by 3i. The purchase was funded by LDC, the leading private equity provider, backing the growth plan of the existing management team with Royal Bank of Scotland providing debt for the deal.
Angel Springs supplies more than 45,000 bottled water coolers and mains-fed water coolers, to approximately 24,000 customers across the UK. Clients include the BBC, Staples, DHL, Xerox and a large number of SMEs. It employs 180 staff and is one of only two national operators that provide both bottled water coolers and mains-fed coolers to supply chilled drinking water.
Angel Springs was established in 2003 following the acquisition of three water cooler businesses led by existing Chief Executive, John Dundon. It has since doubled in size following a mix of strategic acquisitions, organic growth and geographic expansion. The business has considerably strengthened its position in the marketplace through innovation, the development of new products and services, as well as offering superior customer service. LDC’s investment will support a continued buy and build strategy in the fragmented UK market.
Having been appointed by the management and institutional shareholders of Angel Springs in November 2010, Cavendish conducted an extensive marketing exercise generating considerable interest from financial and trade buyers, delivering a successful result for all shareholders.
Bernard Cook, Chairman, said “The Cavendish team were extremely professional in their advice, generating a highly competitive process with some out of the box buyers and managing the intra-shareholder relationships sensitively. We are all delighted with the outcome.”
Jonathan Buxton, Partner at Cavendish, said: “The sale of Angel Springs clearly demonstrates our capability to find unusual bidders to drive pricing and create competitive heat. We were very pleased to have achieved a successful result for both 3i and the management shareholders.”
“We are delighted with the support received from the finnCap Cavendish team throughout this process. Mike and the team ensured that we prepared meticulously, identified the right pool of potential investors and worked closely with us, the management team and our legal advisers to deliver a great outcome for the Shareholders. We wish the Intelling team and RDCP all the best in their next phase of growth.”
“This transaction is a hugely important step in the company’s development, strongly positioning the business for its next phase of growth, allowing us to meet the growing need for secondary school students to learn in an independent, fluid and remote manner.”
“Cortland shares our core values and our customers focus, and their additional resources will help us accelerate our growth in the UK market.”
“Thank you to John and your fantastic team at FinnCap Cavendish for your unwavering support, dedication, work ethic and belief in Xexec’s mission. John, Mike and Sam were instrumental in bringing the deal to a successful completion and provided invaluable guidance throughout the process.
We look forward to our new partnership with the Castik and Abry teams who are the ideal partners as we continue to expand our business and pursue the next phase of our strategy.”
‘The finnCapCavendish team were great to work with, they took time to listen, properly understand our objectives and tailored the process to get a fantastic result for us. They really understood the value drivers in the ICT sector and had access to all the key buyers for our business, they were able to efficiently manage the sale process maintaining the great relationship we’d built we Adept as our preferred buyer.’
“Thank you to Jon, Steph and Chirag for their tireless efforts in recent months. Jon offered invaluable leadership and strategic advice, while Chirag and Steph provided diligent and supportive guidance throughout. They also behaved throughout as one would expect friends and confidants to act, which is very helpful in a confidential situation. We were delighted with the result and very, very pleased to have had the three of them as our team.”
“Cavendish has a great brand and great people, and from the moment the appointment was made, we knew we were in safe hands. The Cavendish team of Andrew, Steve and Paris delivered the right advice at all times. The strength of their international reach brought parties to the table including ZEDRA who we would never have found ourselves and who saw the potential in our business and our team. Cavendish controlled the process and the negotiations throughout. They also understood how we felt as founders to be selling a business we had built over 12 years. Many thanks once again to the Cavendish team – I would highly recommend them.”
“This deal represents a fantastic opportunity for our investors to support an established and well managed business with an excellent reputation in the facilities management sector. We are delighted with the debt financing package arranged by finnCap, which was a critical element to the completion of the transaction. We were extremely pleased with how the process was managed by the finnCap Debt Advisory Team, which provided us with optionality to select the most appropriate banking partner for CMS.”
I would thoroughly recommend Andrew and Rebecca and the Cavendish team to anyone looking to maximise the proceeds from a disposal or asset sale. The Cavendish team are both consummate professionals, focused on delivery and pragmatic and flexible in their approach to helping their clients achieve their objectives. I would not hesitate to recommend them and would hope to work with them on future projects. They provide great value.
“It was a great pleasure to work with the Cavendish team once again. Having successfully worked together on the sale of our Payroll business in 2018, Cavendish were our natural choice of advisors. The team demonstrated a deep understanding of the sector and provided sound and trusted advice throughout the process.
We are confident the business will continue to flourish under IRIS Software Group’s ownership, further developing and delivering our market-leading software to new markets, and we look forward to working together during this next chapter.”
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