Core Capital Partners LLP (“Core”), the UK lower mid-market private equity fund, announces today that it has become the first institutional investor in Alpine Fire Engineers (“Alpine”). Alpine is a market leading designer, project manager, service and maintenance provider of active fire suppression systems. This new investment will allow Alpine to accelerate its expansion plans.
Alpine has experienced significant growth over the last five years, which is expected to continue both organically, as well as through select bolt-on acquisitions. The investment from Core will support the development of Alpine’s service and maintenance offering in addition to investment in IT systems.
The existing Alpine management team will remain significant shareholders, along with new CEO Steven Nanda, who joins after seven years as Managing Director of Industrial Services at SPIE UK where he held responsibility for their UK M&A strategy. David Steel, Partner at Core, also joins the Alpine Board.
Last week, ESO Capital, the specialist investment firm that provides hybrid capital solutions to European SME’s, announced its acquisition of Core Capital. By combining ESO Capital’s deep debt capabilities with Core Capital’s extensive equity expertise, the enlarged business will offer even more flexible capital structure solutions for lower and middle market European companies, with enhanced portfolio support.
Steven Nanda, CEO of Alpine Fire, commented: “I am delighted to have joined Alpine as CEO. The employees, customers and sector expertise have built a fantastic platform for the business to continue to succeed. Bringing in an external institutional investor who has supported rapid growth across a range of businesses will bring a new perspective and help to accelerate our development.”
David Steel, Partner, Core Capital: “Alpine is already a very successful business, with a high-quality management team and a strong presence with its loyal customer base. Given our experience in supporting high-growth companies, we see considerable opportunity for Core Capital to work with Alpine as it looks to build its market share in this very interesting sector. Our investment in Alpine, which is at the top of the capital structure, is typical of the type of investment that the enlarged ESO Capital group will be pursuing in the future.”
Core’s legal advisor was Andrew Masraf at Pinsent Masons, with Management advised by JMW and Paul Hastings. Hurst Corporate Finance advised Alpine on the transaction. Financial due diligence was conducted by Grant Thornton and commercial due diligence was completed by Teneo (previously Credo Consulting).