Management buyout of Arcus FM, supported by ESO Capital

BDO.LiveSite.Deals.DealTypeM&A & Private Equity
BDO.LiveSite.Deals.IndustryBusiness Services
BDO.LiveSite.Deals.SubIndustryFacilities Management & Support services

BDO Facilities Management M&A team advised award-winning facilities management company, Arcus FM in securing strategic investment from ESO Capital, the London based investment firm, providing hybrid capital solutions to European small and medium-sized enterprises.

The UK based facilities management company provides bespoke FM services and technology-led solutions for its clients in the retail, logistics and the public sector. With more than a £150m turnover and rapidly growing, Arcus is a well-established top 20 UK national integrated FM provider.

Arcus has undergone substantial growth over the last decade and this new influx of capital will be used to build on this momentum and enhance its development in technology, training and innovation. Arcus FM was formed in 2009 as part of a joint venture with Sainsbury's. This new investment is the next phase of Arcus’ growth as it works in partnership with ESO Capital to unlock its full potential, and sees the business become independent from Sainsbury’s but will continue to build on its strong relationship with the retailer as a client.

We selected BDO as lead M&A advisers for the sale of Arcus due to their extensive sector expertise and relationships in the market. Having received strong interest for the business, I was delighted that the business was able to align itself with ESO Capital who shares our long-term vision. The BDO team were extremely proactive in their support throughout the transaction, producing a first class marketing document for potential buyers to absorb. There were many unexpected twists and turns along the route and the BDO team continued to provide solutions throughout the process and demonstrated a very positive attitude to getting the deal done. All this helped secure an excellent deal for us. I would be delighted to work with them again and can thoroughly recommend BDO’s Facilities Management M&A team to anyone.

Chris Green, CEO, Arcus FM and Shareholder

This deal is a fantastic example of a business which has driven fast-growth by disrupting its sector and using its technology, especially the Helix integrated platform, which adds value and enhances margins for its client base. 

This is a genuinely milestone transaction and we’re pleased that our deep sector expertise within facilities management and breadth of experience supporting fast-growth, entrepreneurial companies meant we were appointed to advise Arcus FM on the deal. 

Now with ESO Capital’s backing, the company is ideally placed unlock its next phase of growth by adding to its already impressive client portfolio and continuing to develop its market-leading technology-enabled integrated facilities management services.

Satvir Bungar, managing director and head of facilities management M&A, BDO