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Our Buyout Fund invests up to £400m for a majority stake in high growth, entrepreneurial companies led by ambitious management teams. In 2022, we closed Buyout Fund VI at £2.5 billion, allowing us to invest in companies in the UK and Europe with an enterprise value of up to £1 billion.

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£2.5bn

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28

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Up to £1bn

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ACIS

ACIS

Traffic and transport information system

In 2005 Inflexion led a £20m buyout of real-time passenger information systems ACIS. After doubling profits, The Carlyle Group bought the company for £59m in 2006. View case study

Aspen Pumps

Aspen Pumps

Manufacturer of specialist pumps

In 2007 Inflexion led a buyout of Aspen Pumps and helped management to accelerate its growth. The 2015 sale to 3i generated a 22x return on investment. Inflexion re-invested in Aspen Pumps in 2020. View case study

Astrak

Astrak

Construction equipment parts

In 2022, Inflexion led the buyout of Astrak Group, a European specialist distributor of undercarriage and wear parts for construction equipment and will work with the founding family to expand the business further. View case study

ATCORE

ATCORE

Travel technology software

Inflexion backed the buyout of ATCORE, a leading travel technology company, in 2017. ATCORE provides specialist software solutions for global travel operators. View case study

Avantus

Avantus

Aerospace engineer and manufacturer

Inflexion partnered with Auctus Industries to back the secondary buyout of the global leader in gap management, Shimtech, in 2015. The business was renamed Avantus Aerospace in 2020 View case study

Blue Light Card

Blue Light Card

Closed group consumer discount marketplace

In 2022, Inflexion invested in Blue Light Card, the UK’s leading online, closed group consumer discount marketplace serving the “Blue Light” community. View case study

Bollington Wilson

Bollington Wilson

Insurance broker

In 2017, Inflexion backed the buyout and simultaneous merger of Bollington Insurance Brokers and F Wilsons Insurance Brokers to create Bollington Wilson Group. View case study

British Engineering Services

British Engineering Services

Engineering testing

Inflexion led the carve-out of engineering testing business British Engineering Services ("BES") from RSA plc in 2015, and in 2021 re-invested in the company to support the firm's continued growth. View case study

Calco

Calco

IT recruitment and training

Inflexion backed the buyout of Dutch outsourced IT recruitment and training services specialist Calco in 2018. View case study

Cawood Scientific

Cawood Scientific

Laboratory testing services

Cawood delivers highly accredited analytical services to organisations within the agriculture and renewable energy sectors. Inflexion backed the buyout of the business in 2017. View case study

Chambers and Partners

Chambers and Partners

B2B information services provider in the legal sector

Chambers and Partners is a B2B information services provider in the legal sector. Inflexion led the buyout of Chambers and Partners in 2018. View case study

CNX Therapeutics

CNX Therapeutics

Pharmaceuticals

In 2021 Inflexion acquired CNX Therapeutics, a UK-based pharmaceutical platform focused on providing life changing medicines. The business was formed when Inflexion acquired Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Europe’s operations. View case study

CP Electronics

CP Electronics

Lighting control systems

Inflexion invested in lighting maker CP Electronics in 2014 through its investment in Aspen Pumps. Two years later, French industrial group Legrand bought the business. View case study

Creative Car Park

Creative Car Park

Car park management solutions

In 2019, Inflexion backed the buyout of Creative Car Park Limited the UK’s leading provider of car park management solutions for small businesses. View case study

CTC Aviation

CTC Aviation

Aviation training services

Inflexion backed the buyout of pilot training company CTC Aviation in 2012, funding growth before selling to NYSE-listed L-3 Communications in 2015. View case study

Detectortesters

Detectortesters

Fire safety products

In 2021, Inflexion completed a majority investment in Detectortesters, the leading global manufacturer of fire detector testing equipment. View case study

enviolo

enviolo

e-bike components

In 2022, Inflexion acquired enviolo, a global leader in the e-bike components market. enviolo designs and develops transmission systems for high-quality e-bikes. View case study

FDM

FDM

IT services provider

Inflexion led the take-private of IT services company FDM in 2009, helping it to grow internationally before floating it on the LSE in 2014 generating a 16.2x return on investment. View case study

Flooid

Flooid

Unified commerce platform

Inflexion backed the buyout of Flooid, a market leading unified commerce platform, in 2017 to assist with international expansion and digital enhancement. View case study

Glide

Glide

Broadband and digital media provider

Inflexion led the buyout of digital media lettings business Glide in 2013. View case study

Global Reach Group

Global Reach Group

Payment and hedging services

In 2016 Inflexion backed the management buyout of Global Reach Group, a leading UK foreign exchange specialist providing payments and hedging services to businesses and private individuals. View case study

Harrington Brooks

Harrington Brooks

Debt management services

Debt management business Harrington Brooks was seeking a partner to support accretive acquisitions, and in 2005 Inflexion invested in the business. The enlarged firm was sold to RJD Partners in 2012, generating a 3.2x return on investment. View case study

HKI

HKI

Healthcare information services

In 2004 Inflexion acquired public health performance analytics business HKI in a £10m deal. The business was later sold in two parts for an overall return of 2.6x. View case study

ICS

ICS

Temporary staffing solutions

Temporary healthcare staffing business ICS chose to partner with Inflexion in 2008. It was sold 22 months later to Blackstone Group for an overall return on investment of 2.9x. View case study

Ideal Shopping Direct

Ideal Shopping Direct

Multi-channel retailer 

Inflexion delisted Ideal Shopping Direct in 2011 to allow the business to refocus on growth. It was sold to Blackstone in 2015. View case study

Ilchester Cheese

Ilchester Cheese

Specialist cheese manufacturer

In 2004, Inflexion backed the buyout of Ilchester Cheese Company, working closely with management before it was bought by Norwegian milk co-operative Tine in 2008. View case study

Infront

Infront

Financial market data and software

Headquartered in Oslo, Infront provides a suite of data and software solutions that allow financial institutions to manage investment decisions, reduce costs and comply with changing market requirements. Inflexion invested in the company in 2021. View case study

K2 Partnering Solutions

K2 Partnering Solutions

Global resourcing specialists

In 2017, Inflexion provided minority funding to K2 Partnering Solutions, a global technology staffing and consulting specialist before re-investing in 2022 to remain part of the company’s continued growth. View case study

Kynetec

Kynetec

Agricultural data and market information

Inflexion affected a full carve-out of specialist data provider Kynetec from its listed parent within a five-month period, completing in 2016, and sold the business in 2021 to US-based Paine Schwartz Partners. View case study

Marley

Marley

Roofing materials

Inflexion led the buyout of Marley in 2019 and exited for £535m to FTSE250-listed Marshalls plc in 2022. View case study

Medik8

Medik8

Premium skincare products

Medik8 is a premium skincare brand focused on science-based, skin-ageing products. View case study

MYCOM OSI

MYCOM OSI

Specialist software provider

MYCOM OSI is a market leading provider of service assurance software to global telecommunications companies. Drawn to Inflexion's international reach and digital expertise, management chose Inflexion to back its buyout in 2018. View case study

Ocorian

Ocorian

Corporate administration

Inflexion partnered with fund, corporate and trust administration business Ocorian in 2016 to support its carve-out, internationalisation and acquisition plans. View case study

On the Beach

On the Beach

Dynamic package holidays

In 2013, Inflexion led the £73m buyout of On The Beach, embarking on a two-year journey of digital enhancement and international growth before floating on the LSE in 2015. View case study

O'Neill Patient

O'Neill Patient

Property conveyancing services

O’Neill Patient is the UK’s leading B2B tech‐enabled provider of property and remortgage conveyancing services. View case study

Optionis

Optionis

Employment services

Employment services company Optionis partnered with Inflexion in 2006 to back its acquisitive growth before being sold in 2013 to MML Group. View case study

PD&MS

PD&MS

Engineering, procurement and construction services

Inflexion backed the buyout of PD&MS, a specialist provider of engineering, procurement and construction services for the oil and gas industry, in 2014. View case study

Peach

Peach

Video advertising platform

Peach is the global market leader in video advertising distribution workflow software serving both the digital and linear ecosystems. View case study

Phlexglobal

Phlexglobal

Clinical research documentation management

Inflexion backed the buyout of TMF services provider Phlexglobal in 2011, supporting its growth until it was sold to Bridgepoint Development Capital in 2014. View case study

Pims

Pims

Waste water services

Pims chose Inflexion to lead its 2008 buyout and support four add-on acquisitions before US trade buyer Xylem paid $57m for the group in 2013. View case study

Red Commerce

Red Commerce

Specialist resourcing 

IT resourcing specialist Red Commerce partnered with Inflexion in 2005 and pursued an international growth strategy before being sold for £44m to Dunedin in 2011. View case study

Reed & Mackay

Reed & Mackay

Travel management

Inflexion backed the buyout of premium corporate travel management business Reed & Mackay in 2016. View case study

Reward Gateway

Reward Gateway

Employee benefit programme

In 2010, Inflexion backed employee engagement business Reward Gateway to accelerate the business’ growth. The firm was sold to Great Hill Partners in 2015, generating a 7.7x return on investment. View case study

Rosemont Pharmaceuticals

Rosemont Pharmaceuticals

Liquid pharmaceuticals

In 2020 Inflexion acquired Rosemont Pharmaceuticals, the UK’s leading liquid pharmaceuticals business. The business was carved out of listed parent company, Perrigo. View case study

Scott Dunn

Scott Dunn

Luxury travel

Luxury travel company Scott Dunn chose Inflexion to back its buyout and help drive future growth in 2014. View case study

SMD

SMD

Subsea vehicle systems

In April 2008, Inflexion backed subsea vehicle maker SMD. Seven years later, Hong Kong-listed Zhuzhou CSR Times Electric Company Limited purchased the business. View case study

Ster Century

Ster Century

Cinema operator

In 2003, Inflexion backed cinema operator Ster Century. A short but successful stewardship saw profits grow by 37% before being sold to a financial buyer in 2004. View case study

SteriPack

SteriPack

Medical device contract designer and manufacturer

SteriPack is a leading global contract manufacturer serving the medical device, pharmaceutical and diagnostic markets. Inflexion led the buyout of SteriPack in 2022. View case study

Succession

Succession

Wealth management

In 2014, Inflexion backed the buyout of wealth manager Succession to fund the acquisition of 60 member firms and provide the foundations for future growth. View case study

Tekton

Tekton

Software for the construction industry

Inflexion led the £12m buyout of construction software business Tekton in 2006, going on to support organic and acquisitive growth before being bought by Sage (UK) in 2008. View case study

Times Higher Education

Times Higher Education

Higher education rankings and data provider

Times Higher Education is the world leader in university data, rankings and content and the company behind the definitive annual THE World University Rankings. Inflexion backed the buyout of Times Higher Education in 2019. View case study

UK Power Reserve

UK Power Reserve

Flexible power generation

UK Power Reserve partnered with Inflexion in 2015. Over the following 2.5 years, revenues quadrupled to c£80m, attracting Singaporean trade buyer Sembcorp in 2018. View case study

Viking Moorings

Viking Moorings

Mooring equipment supplier

In 2006 Inflexion led the £22m buyout of moorings equipment supplier Viking Moorings. In 2009 HSBC Private Equity bought the business, generating a 10.2x return on investment. View case study

Vivona Brands

Vivona Brands

Brand creation and management

Inflexion led the buyout of brand creation and management company Vivona in 2012, merging the US partner into the business and allowing for succession as part of the deal. View case study

Xtrac

Xtrac

Engineering manufacturer

In 2017, transmission manufacturer Xtrac chose Inflexion to back their buyout. View case study

Films

Zlatko Vucetic, CEO, and Max Hofer, CFO, explain why they chose Inflexion as their partner to help take the business private and pursue a growth journey of market consolidation.

Howard Taylor, Rosemont CEO and Ben Long, Inflexion Partner, discuss Rosemont’s unique product offering and how Inflexion’s investment is supporting growth.

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