Close Brothers Private Equity (CBPE) is a private equity firm that seeks investments in mid-sized UK based businesses. Close Brothers focuses on transactions valued of between £25 million and £150 million and will consider opportunities in a variety of industries. Sectors of interest include support services (inspection testing, training/education, oil/gas services, business process outsourcing, IT, environmental services, utility services); transportation/distribution (transport infrastructure, transport services, wholesale and distribution); consumer (food/beverage, household products, media, retail); industrial (chemicals, building products, electronics/engineering, paper, packaging, aerospace/defense, automotive, capital goods); healthcare (pharmaceuticals, medical products, diagnostics); and leisure (restaurants, gaming, holiday parks, cinemas, hotels). Since 1984 CBPE was a unit of Close Brothers Group plc, a UK listed independent merchant bank and became independent in 2008. CBPE is based in London.
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CBPE Capital’s most common sectors for investment are business services (12%) and chemicals (12%). The Firm’s most common investment types include buyout (lbo, mbo, mbi) (78%) and secondary buyout (18%). In total, CBPE Capital has invested in 2 different countries. Its largest (disclosed) acquisition occurred in 2008 when it acquired Sparrows Offshore Group for $219M.
In the last 3 years, CBPE Capital has exited 3 companies. The Firm’s most common exit type is secondary buyout (34%). CBPE Capital’s largest (disclosed) exit occurred in 2007 when it sold Park Resorts for $677M.
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