Catalyst advises GI Solutions on their acquisition of the Eclipse Colour Print Group

Catalyst Corporate Finance has advised the shareholders of GI Solutions Group on the acquisition of Eclipse Colour Print, Eclipse 4DM and Direct Link for an undisclosed sum. This is in line with the company’s desire to be the UK’s leading integrated marketing communications business.

Based in Leicester, GI Solutions Group is a long established provider of creative, data, direct mail and transactional document services to many high street names and brands. GI Solutions is backed by Stratford-upon-Avon based, GIL Investments.

The Eclipse group of companies, owned by Simon Moore, is a leading provider of commercial print, print management and direct mail services to a broad range of multi-channel retailers, charities and business customers. Eclipse is based in Kettering, Northamptonshire.

The combined group will generate around £80m of revenue per annum and is a significant employer in the East Midlands.   All the companies will continue to trade on their existing sites led by their existing management. The group is also pleased to announce the appointment of Sotos Constantinides as their new Chief Finance Officer.

“This is a fantastic result for all concerned" said CEO Patrick Headley "we have admired what Simon and the team have achieved for a long time.  We are absolutely delighted we can now all work together with an ability to offer our customers an even wider range of services.  The synergies are very strong and the whole team at GI are very excited about the future."

 “I am delighted to be working with GI Solutions Group” said Moore, “as a business we have come a long way since we started the company.  This deal will give both our customers and ourselves many more options moving forward."

 “This ticks a number of boxes for the Group and we are delighted to have Simon joining the board” continues Headley “we had strong growth aspirations when we completed the MBO last March and expect to be able to announce further exciting developments in the near future”.

The acquisitions were financed by the Midlands team of HSBC Corporate and Tosca Debt Capital LLP.  The Birmingham office of Catalyst Corporate Finance acted as lead advisers on the whole finance raising process and acquisition.

Jeremy Harrison, Partner at Catalyst Corporate Finance, said “we are delighted to have delivered another deal for GI following the MBO.  It is particularly pleasing to have worked with so many local professionals on this deal and to have delivered an acquisition funded by a market leading banking and credit fund package.  Eclipse is a high quality, complementary business and the enlarged group will be a powerful force in marketing communications.” 

< Go back to results

‘Sustainability’, the key to today’s packaging market

If anyone was still unsure as to the direction the packaging industry is taking, the 2017 Packaging Innovations trade show left little doubt... 

Strong M&A outlook for mid-market pharma

The dynamics highlighted by this year’s Catalyst Pharma Fast 50 show that the sector is prime for further acquisitions and private equity investment... 

Why mid-market pharma is thriving

If there’s one thing that this year’s Pharma Fast 50 emphasises, it is that privately owned pharmaceutical firms in the UK are thriving... 

Optimism on post-Brexit renewables innovation

The sustainability challenges posed by the UK’s forthcoming exit of the EU were a central topic at this year's annual EIC Conference... 

Independent Vetcare – barking up the right tree

The vet market continues to attract plenty of interest. Independent Vetcare is currently being sold in what is rumoured to be a hotly contested auction... 

Catalyst has advised the shareholders of UK Heating Group, including Encore Capital, on the sale to Irsap Group

Catalyst Corporate Finance has advised the shareholders of UK Heating Group, including Encore Capital, on the sale to Irsap Group. 

Catalyst advises the shareholders of Thompson & Morgan on the sale to BVG Group

Catalyst has advised the shareholders of Thompson & Morgan Group Holdings, including Primary Capital, on the sale to BVG Group 

Catalyst advises Phoenix Equity Partners on its investment in Global Freight Solutions

Catalyst has advised Phoenix Equity Partners on its investment in Global Freight Solutions (Holdings) Ltd (GFS) alongside the current management team, led by CEO Neil Cotty. 

Catalyst appoints two new principals

Catalyst Corporate Finance has expanded its dealmaking team with the recruitment of Alex Silk and Shannon Cox who join the firm as Principals. 

Catalyst advises KKR on £325m agreement to buy Travelopia from Tui

Catalyst Corporate Finance has advised KKR on its agreement with TUI AG (TUI) to acquire Travelopia for £325m. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions.