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Metamark MBO completed

Metamark MBO completed

Metamark (UK) has announced the completion of a £62 million management buyout of the business from the founder shareholders, Mark Bateson and Mike Stuart.  The management team was led by Paul French and backed by Primary Capital, one of the UK’s leading mid-market private equity firms. 

Metamark has continued to outperform the market as a leading manufacturer and distributor of self-adhesive sign vinyl and digital print media in the UK, Europe and around the world and the management buyout enables this strategy to be accelerated as the company looks to further invest in plant and equipment at both its Lancaster and Woking sites whilst also increasing the UK market share and looking for further international expansion opportunities.

The buyout was led by Paul French, Ian Simister and the senior management team at Metamark who have led the business for the last five years since the original owners stepped back from day to day operations. During this time the management team has implemented various projects in conjunction with the board, resulting in a doubling revenue and profits.

Mark Bateson commented: “After many years of building the company based on an entrepreneurial style and culture, it is important to us that this legacy prevails in the hands of a proven management team, in terms of both capability and style, which works together and supports the brand for the benefit of our customers, staff and suppliers. We are delighted to have found an investment partner in Primary Capital, a company that shares our values.”

Paul French, CEO of Metamarkadded: “We’re looking to the future with great optimism and with the benefit of having a business that’s among our industry’s most respected brands and built on very solid foundations.

“We have some very exciting plans for Metamark, which will ensure that our growth continues on the upward trajectory we’ve established both in the UK and internationally. We have a planned programme of further investment in capital plant to strengthen our manufacturing and conversion facilities and we’ll also berecuiting new staff to further strengthen our team and reinforce our international stature.

We’ll also be taking our model to new markets too, as our technical leadership and service led ethics mean we can achieve scale in markets such as construction, while growing opportunities in our established channels with new, product-led applications.”

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