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.”
“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.
I was delighted with the service that Cavendish offered and their real attention to detail. The deal was not without its complexities and it was reassuring to have Paul and his team assisting me throughout the negotiations.
Cavendish handled the transaction with elegance and efficiency. They were proactive, everything kept to time and we completed as planned, less than six weeks after agreeing the heads of terms.
We have thoroughly enjoyed working with the Cavendish team. Caroline, Andrew and Eimear offered us unstinting support and valuable advice throughout the transaction. They were instrumental in helping us achieve this result.
The team at Cavendish demonstrated their international reach and their tenacity to stick with the deal until it closed. They found the ideal owner… We are very excited at the new opportunities that we can now develop.
Cavendish Corporate Finance has been integral to the establishment of the New College of the Humanities, providing both valuable advice and managing a successful fundraising process that has enabled us to have a stellar founding shareholding group that provides not just capital but also experienced investors who will help NCH succeed and flourish.
Cavendish brought to the table extensive contacts in the venture capital industry and an understanding of how to present our investment case in the best light. All our business had been lacking was funding to achieve scale and with the capital secured from Balderton we are now empowered to bring about lasting change in the insurance industry and create significant value for all our shareholders along the way. We are delighted with the deal and with the invaluable help that Cavendish provided in obtaining it.
Thank you so much for the hard work you put into our sale. “We are delighted with the result both personally and for the company. We now have some work to do in maximising the benefits of the deal to both parties. Your support during the deal was excellent and helped us go through a process that was completely new to us. It seemed to go very smoothly and I know that much of that was due to your background work with Egis’s advisors. We also felt well supported on the detail of the final stages. “Many thanks once again to you both. It was a great time and a perfect outcome.
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