Hancocks Group Holdings Ltd / H2 Equity Partners
Cavendish Corporate Finance LLP is delighted to announce the sale of Hancocks Group Holdings Ltd, the specialist confectionery wholesaler to a management buy-out backed by Netherlands headquartered H2 Equity Partners.
Hancocks was established in 1962 and today has 18 cash and carry depots across the UK, stretching from Glasgow to Portsmouth with turnover of some £100 million.
Hancocks sells a substantial range of ‘pick ‘n mix’ sweets under its own brand, ‘Kingsway’, in addition to its more contemporary children’s favourites and a wide range of other leading confectionery brands. Confectionery has proven to be a highly resilient sector, with consumer demand remaining strong during recent years in conjunction with the resurgence of traditional sweets.
Cavendish worked with the management team to prepare Hancocks for a private equity backed management buy-out, including assisting the team in the preparation of a detailed business plan and forecast models.
Following a competitive process run by Cavendish, H2 was selected as preferred bidder, principally on the basis of its specialist knowledge of the wholesale sector and its approach to the Hancock family shareholders. A debt and mezzanine financing package was provided by Investec Bank.
Cavendish Partner Jonathan Buxton, said;
“This truly was a sweet deal! From the outset, H2 showed an understanding of the wholesale sector and an appreciation of Hancocks and its family roots. I am delighted that we could put together a transaction which resulted in such a supportive home for the Hancocks business and the management team as well as meeting all of the Hancock family’s aspirations.
Thank you to the Cavendish team for your unwavering support throughout this process. Finding a strategic overseas partner to allow me to realise my global ambition was my number one aim, and this has been achieved. In the current market the result you have delivered is exceptional.
It was a great pleasure to work with the Cavendish team again having originally worked with them when we sold Naked Wines to Majestic Wine in 2015. John, Rebecca and the team rigorously assessed the market to find the right new owner for a business with dedicated staff and suppliers and the right deal to achieve Naked’s goal of realising capital and simplifying the business.
“Jonathan, thank you to you and your team for your tremendous support and wise counsel during the process. You kept a calm head throughout and successfully charted a course to bring us to this great conclusion. David, the team and I are all delighted with the outcome as we now join forces with Cafento to build the brand to even greater heights. I would highly recommend your services!”
“The team at Cavendish went far beyond what was expected, supporting us through the entire fundraising process. I am certain that the deal with Piper would never have completed in the time frame without their help.”
Jonathan, thank you for all your help, sound advice and hard work over the last year. You very skilfully guided us through a challenging process. As well as a fantastic exit for some very happy shareholders, there is no doubt in my mind that Orlebar Brown has ended up in the right place. Your patience was rewarded!
“Cavendish worked hard and achieved an excellent result for stakeholders. I would certainly recommend their services.”
“The Cavendish team did an excellent job and provided expert advice throughout the transaction and most importantly ensured the deal crossed the line. I am pleased that Jollyes has passed into experienced hands and I truly believe the business has an exciting future ahead.”
“Thank you guys, brilliant work!! Thanks to your advice, the company was well prepared and it all came together very quickly at the end, excellently handled by you and your team. A cracking result for all the OKA shareholders!”
“I’d like to thank Jonathan Buxton and his team for doing a great job in selling Cotswold Collections to Rockpool and completing the deal announced today.
We all appreciate the hard work that was put in by each member of the team to make the deal happen and help us through all the tricky parts of the negotiation, whilst it was very frustrating at times we got there in the end! Well done!”
“Thanks to the team at Cavendish who ran a thorough, professional and timely process enabling this acquisition to happen at the right time and value for all concerned.’’
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