£22 million MBO at card manufacturing firm

Thu, 02 Jun 2016 | MBO/MBI

A £22 million management buyout (MBO) has been successfully completed at a Dorset-based manufacturer of ID and bank card printers.

Magicard, which manufactures secure desktop printers for direct-to-card and retransfer processes, has been taken off the hands of listed defence and security company Ultra Electronics. The cards made by Magicard cover a variety of secure ID and banking cards, such as magnetic stripe, proximity and ‘chip and pin’. The company’s printers are also used by the NHS for staff ID cards.

Magicard chief executive Andy Matko led the MBO, with significant backing from the finance firm LDC. As a result of the initial £22 million deal, senior managers have taken a minority stake in the company, while LDC will take a majority stake. As part of the terms, payments of up to £3 million could be made to former owners if the company grows significantly over the next couple of years.

After completing the MBO, Mr Matko said: "This is exciting news for Magicard and our global network of loyal partners. This deal, along with the recent development of our Helix retransfer printer, gives the management team the opportunity to drive the business forward as owners and unlock the potential of the business, developing new products and targeting new geographies.

"LDC’s investment adds the capital we need to accelerate our expansion, as well as a strategic partner who understands and supports our ambitions for the future."

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