Transaction Details

December 5, 2018
London, Manchester

Sector

Consumer, Retail, E-commerce and Leisure

Deal Type

M&A

Deal Value

N/D

Deal Team

Christopher Jones, Simon Lord, Anand Parekh, Andy Battersby, Mark Lawrence, Alex Coral

GCA ALTIUM ADVISES BARBER OF SHEFFIELD ON ITS SALE TO NEXUS BRANDS GROUP

GCA Altium has advised Barber, the leading European ecommerce platform operating in the body art consumables and equipment market, on its sale to a strategic purchaser based in North America, Nexus Brands Group. The sale provided an exit for RJD, who backed the management buyout of Barber in 2016, delivering an IRR of 92% to their investors.

Barber is one of the largest tattoo and piercing equipment distributors in the world, being the sole UK and EU distributor for a number of leading brands. During RJD’s ownership, Barber developed and successfully executed a clear strategy including targeted investment in people, technology and product development. These measures drove strong organic sales, particularly in continental Europe, and helped build a coherent portfolio of Barber’s own popular brands.

Barber also made two bolt-on acquisitions during the investment period, The Tattoo Shop and P’tit Rock in France, enhancing its customer and geographical footprint as well as product range.

Frank Bulman, Partner at RJD said: “GCA Altium managed the Barber exit process in a thoroughly professional and effective manner, delivering an outstanding result for RJD. I would not hesitate to work with them again.”

GCA Altium acted as exclusive sell-side advisor to the shareholders and the management of Barber

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