Duke Capital makes follow-on investment of £4.0 million in BPVA

LONDON, UK: Duke Capital Limited (AIM: DUKE), a leading provider of hybrid capital solutions for SME business owners in Europe and North America, announced a follow-on investment of £4.0 million into its existing capital partner, BPVA (Ireland) Limited (BPVA).

This investment will enable BPVA to complete its latest acquisition as well as reorganise the shareholder base through the buyout of certain minority investors.

BPVA is an investment holding company established in 2018 to execute a buy and build strategy of synergistic companies within the Irish/UK staffing and resourcing sector. Its current holdings include Brightwater Selection (Ireland) Limited, PharmEng Limited and Vantage Resources Limited.

Duke Capital’s funds will be used to facilitate BPVA’s acquisition of Sabeo Holdings Ltd (Sabeo), an IT contracting and talent acquisition business, as well to complete a reconfiguration of the shareholding structure of the BPVA entity.

The financing increases Duke’s total investment in BPVA to £17.7 million. The investment terms are in line Duke’s typical cost of capital, including the +/- 6% annual revenue adjustment factor in respect of payments due.

The reconfiguration of the shareholder register will ensure full alignment of the shareholders with the next stage of the BPVA strategy which is to extend its market position in existing areas of strength via organic growth in the existing platform and continue with synergistic and value accretive M&A.

Duke Capital will retain its 30% equity stake. Duke has now supported four major BPVA acquisitions, with the company now encompassing seven subsidiaries.

Neil Johnson, CEO of Duke Capital, said: “We are delighted to continue our partnership with BPVA as we support their latest acquisition and minority shareholder buyout. This strategic move expands the business and empowers BPVA’s management team to strengthen their ownership stake. Through our ongoing commitment to providing capital support, we are confident in the ability of BPVA to continue to succeed.”

John Hannon & John Lacy, BPVA Group Directors, said: “We are thrilled to announce the acquisition of Sabeo and the reconfigured shareholder register will strengthen BPVA as it continues to mature as a platform. This strategic move reflects our unwavering confidence in BPVA’s growth trajectory and our commitment to driving long-term success and we are empowered as a group to continue to execute our vision for expansion and value creation in the staffing and resourcing sector in Ireland.”

Founded in 2006, Sabeo is a leading supplier of IT contract and permanent resourcing solutions to clients in Ireland and the UK. Sabeo services clients in several sectors including government, commercial, telecommunications, financial services, banking, software houses and global IT vendors providing a wide range of IT professionals. For over 15 years, Sabeo has been recognised as an IT centre of excellence by customers and has been a Deloitte Technology Fast 50 Awards winner over many years.


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