ECI Partners is a private equity firm focused on smaller middle-market company investments valued between £10 and £150 million. ECI looks for UK businesses or businesses with a substantial presence in the UK. The Firm seeks to commit between £5 and £50 million of equity per transaction. Funds are generally used to support expansion, acquisitions, management buyouts and buy-ins, turnarounds and refinancing. Target sectors include IT services, support services, consumer & leisure, and manufacturing. ECI will not invest in early stage companies. ECI Partners was formed in 1976 and has offices in London and Manchester.
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In the last 3 years, ECI Partners has acquired 1 company. It has also invested in 3 others.
ECI Partners’ most common sectors for investment are information technology (17%) and internet software and services (12%). The Firm’s most common investment types include buyout (lbo, mbo, mbi) (60%) and secondary buyout (19%). In total, ECI Partners has invested in 2 US states and 3 different countries. Its largest (disclosed) acquisition occurred in 2015 when it acquired F.W. Evans Cycles for $169M.
In the last 3 years, ECI Partners has exited 7 companies. The Firm’s most common exit type is trade sale (49%). ECI Partners’ largest (disclosed) exit occurred in 1998 when it sold Guardian IT for $359M.
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