LDC sells stake in Wakefield healthcare equipment specialist

Sheffield’s Credit Style acquired by PE specialist
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Private equity investor LDC has sold off its stake in a Wakefield-based provider of specialist healthcare equipment to Limerston Capital for an undisclosed amount.

LDC first backed the management buyout of Prism Medical UK in April 2014 to help drive growth at home and overseas.

Over the past four years, and in partnership with CEO Stuart Meldrum and his management team, LDC has helped the business to accelerate its buy and build strategy, increase exports and invest heavily in new product development.

Over the same period, Prism has also built a diversified portfolio of more than 180 products and expanded overseas to new markets including Australia and China. International sales now account for 10% of turnover.

Today, the business employs 450 people and for the financial year ending November 2018 it recorded revenues of £40 million, up 54% during LDC’s tenure.

Stuart Meldrum, CEO of Prism Medical UK, said: “Our partnership with LDC provided the financial firepower and strategic guidance we needed to kick-start an acquisitive growth strategy and the team’s support has been instrumental in helping us to achieve our ambitions.

“They have helped to guide a growth journey that has ultimately seen us expand across the UK, ramp up exports and enter new market segments – all of which means we can bring more of our market leading products to those who need it the most.”

“The past four years have been a period of true transformation and we now have an even stronger platform on which to build as we enter the next stage of our journey with Limerston Capital.”

The sale was led by Investment Director Matt Newbold and Head of South West and Wales Andy Lyndon.

Matt Newbold, Investment Director at LDC in Birmingham, added: “Over the past four years Stuart and his team have built a truly formidable business – one underpinned by the quality of its product, service and proposition.

“While quality is vital for any business operating in the care sector, this unwavering focus, combined with astute management, has helped Prism to deliver strong and sustainable growth. It’s been a pleasure to support Stuart and his team and we wish them every success on the next phase of their growth journey.”