Investments

We have experience covering a broad range of value creation strategies including:

  • Buy and build
  • Organic growth (including international expansion)
  • Operational improvement
  • Strategic refocus
  • Restructuring & Turnarounds

Drawing on our investment experience, we provide support to our portfolio companies to help them successfully implement their strategic goals. We also have an extensive network of industry contacts, including Lord Jacob Rothschild, who we can draw on to help add further value, where appropriate.

Darwin’s investments:

Company

Sector

Year

Acquired by:

ASK4Technology2014
EsendexTechnology2013
The A&A GroupFinancial Services2012
AttendaTechnology2011
PlumConsumer2010
Fenn Wright MansonRetail2010
EurofficeBusiness Services2010
Bromford IndustriesIndustrial2009
MaxinutritionConsumer2007
 
 

"A specialist provider of WiFi, broadband and IPTV services to student accommodation buildings, private residential developments and serviced offices"

Acquisition Price

£21.5m

Type

MBO

 
 

"A leading provider of mission critical application-to-person SMS services to businesses"

Acquisition Price

£11 million

Type

MBO

 
 

"An insurance broker specialising in non-standard motor risks"

Acquisition Price

N/A

Type

MBO

 
 

"A leading provider of business critical managed hosting services to UK enterprises"

Acquisition Price

£50 million

Type

MBO

 
 

"Leading international premium organic kids nutrition company"

Acquisition Price

£10 million

Type

MBI

 
 

"A leading British womenswear brand in the retail, on-line and wholesale markets"

Acquisition Price

n/a

Type

BIMBO

 
 

"The UK’s leading online office supplies company serving the SME market"

Acquisition Price

n/a

Type

MBO

 
 

"Manufacturer and supplier of complex, highly engineered aerospace components"

Acquisition Price

£23.25 million

Type

MBO

 
 

"Europe's leading sports nutrition company"

Acquisition Price

£75 million

Type

Secondary

 
 

"A leading UK based independent television production company"

Exit Year

n/a

Type

Secondary

 
 

"The world's leading motor sport rights management business"

Exit Year

n/a

Type

MBO

 
 

"UK-based roadside recovery and insurance broking business"

Exit Year

Partial exit in 2007: merger with SAGA

Type

MBI

 
 

"A leading global provider of fixed satellite services"

Exit Year

Secondary in 2007

Type

MBO

 
 

"The worlds leading financial spread betting company"

Exit Year

Partial exit: IPO in 2005

Type

MBO

 
 

"A leading provider of global mobile satellite services"

Exit Year

IPO in 2005

Type

MBI

 
 

"The second largest budget hotel operator in the UK"

Exit Year

Secondary in 2006

Type

MBI

 
 

"Fast fit automotive and financial services throughout Europe"

Exit Year

Secondary in 2005

Type

MBI

 
 

"A European leader in the manufacture and distribution of steel storage solutions"

Exit Year

Secondary in 2006

Type

MBO/MBI

 
 

"The second largest DIY retail brand in the UK"

Exit Year

Trade sale in 2002

Type

MBI

 
 

"UK-based financial services business"

Exit Year

IPO in 2000

Type

MBO