Management buyout completed at Giacom

Wed, 25 May 2016 | MBO/MBI

Giacom World Networks, a cloud IT and communications technology provider based in Hull, has been acquired in a successful management buyout (MBO).

The MBO was backed by mid-market private equity firm LDC, which will take a significant minority stake in the business, for an undisclosed sum. The backing will enable the business to continue its recent growth and capitalise on the recent trend for SMEs moving all digital services into the cloud.

Giacom World Networks was founded in the late 90s by Nick Marshall, who will stay on to lead the company as its chief executive officer. The cloud IT services firm currently runs a network of more than 3,500 IT consultants, service providers and resellers via its MessageStream platform — a proprietary service that Giacom World Networks hopes to expand, while also integrating more cloud services into the products that it offers.

Chief executive Nick Marshall said of the deal: "Bringing LDC on board will help us deliver our next phase of growth. As well as giving the business access to the capital we need to scale, LDC is a partner who understands not only our sector, but also our vision and ambition for the future. This is an exciting time for our customers, our network of consultants and our people.”

In the year running until 31 July 2015, Giacom World Networks’ turnover reached £3.81 million, while pre-tax profits rose during the same period from £773,058 to £1.18 million.

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