Folan

Regent Assay is pleased to announce that it has acted as the exclusive financial advisor to FOLAN on its acquisition of Mainframe Communications. The acquisition of manufacturer Mainframe Communications sees the company enter the UK market through a well-known player already firmly established in the rapidly expanding fibre sector. Created in 1988 and owned until now by its founders, brothers Ian and Bill Carter, the company is known for its expertise in the design, assembly and distribution of passive optical equipment, solutions and connectivity for FTTx, industry, data centers and optical LAN. With certification from the main national operators, its solutions are acclaimed for their quality and design.

FOLAN and Mainframe Communications have much in common, their synergies extending from expanding the range of products and solutions they offer their respective clients to the financial and business capacity to create a more capillary network in the United Kingdom market. Their collaboration will thus provide a greater capacity to meet the needs of UK clients as well as the means to support them in the swift and innovative deployment of FTTx and Data networks throughout the UK.

By becoming the UK subsidiary of FOLAN, Mainframe Communications is set to accelerate its development and rapidly strengthen its teams. The acquisition will lead to an acceleration of the Group’s international operations, their contribution eventually increasing to 40% of its income, compared with 15% at present.

“By gaining a foothold in the UK through Mainframe Communications, which is well-known and fully embedded in the country, we are continuing our project to expand both the Group and FOLAN, strengthening the capacity of this national player and enabling it to seize the opportunities provided by the simmering fiber market in the UK,” comments Ludovic Robert, President and CEO of the parent company.

“We are very pleased with the Mainframe acquisition. Regent Assay demonstrated a clear understanding of our market and provided a comprehensive qualified list of all of the relevant participants in the UK fibre optic market. They provided an excellent, professional service to help us choose and acquire our preferred UK partner”

Bertrand Sarrere – Group CFO

This transaction demonstrates Regent Assay’s expertise and track record in the telecommunications and technology sectors.

The Regent Assay team comprised: James Calvert, Partner and Chris Taylor, Partner.

Regent Assay has over 30 years experience in advising companies across all sectors including Technology, Healthcare and Support Services, providing M&A services ranging from company sales and divestments, acquisitions, capital financing, advisory services and valuations.

Whether you are seeking to acquire a company, divest a division or sell your business, Regent Assay’s industry knowledge, experience and global reach will ensure that you achieve the best result.


Private Investors

Acqusition by JPE of Translift Bendi.


Private Shareholders

Acquisition of Weight-to-go from private shareholders.


Allscripts Healthcare Solutions Inc

Allscripts (NASDAQ: MDRX) announced the acquisition of privately-held Oasis Medical Solutions Limited, a London-based Patient Administration System (PAS) and health informatics solution provider. The Oasis™ PAS system, developed over 18 years in partnership with numerous NHS trusts, provides flexible, efficient and scalable administrative workflow across all venues of care. By combining the Oasis PAS technology with the Allscripts Sunrise clinical platform, Allscripts will offer a highly competitive, single-source offering for an innovative and advanced electronic patient record solution throughout the United Kingdom.

The Oasis PAS is used extensively across the NHS in more than a dozen NHS trusts and hospitals. Clients include East Sussex Healthcare, Royal Surrey County Hospital Trust, Medway NHS Foundation Trust and Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, among others. Oasis hospital clients average over 500 beds per facility, and the company has distinguished itself for its exclusive focus on PAS solutions for the NHS trusts that are innovative, effective, affordable and flexible.

Allscripts has a proven track record of success for clinical solutions, specifically the Allscripts Sunrise clinical electronic health record for inpatient and outpatient care management. Today, Sunrise is live at Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital NHS Foundation Trust as well as at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust. In addition, Allscripts recently announced the opening of its European headquarters in Manchester, UK, committing additional resources to this important healthcare market.

By combining a leading PAS offering with its advanced clinical solution, Allscripts will provide the UK NHS trusts with the clear long-term advantages of integrated workflow between PAS and clinical solutions and the benefit of one business partner that provides a single-source electronic patient record to improve the efficiency and quality of healthcare delivery.

“The United Kingdom is an important growth market for Allscripts core clinical and PAS solutions,” said Richard Berner, President, Allscripts International. “A strong clinical offering combined with a highly regarded PAS provides a complete and proven solution to meet the critical long-term needs of the NHS Trusts. By acquiring Oasis, we believe we have optimised our position in the market and expect to drive significant value from this combination for our clients.”


Chromium Group

Acquisition of AAC from Private Shareholders.


Private Client

Regent Assay advised client Kevin Peters, formerly of Maximuscle, on the acquisition of Physique Management Company Limited in a multi-million pounds deal.

Physique sells a comprehensive range of sports healthcare products to physiotherapists, medical practitioners and professional sports teams including premiership football teams.

Commenting on the deal Mark Asplin said: “The vendor Rob White has built up a very successful and niche sports business which will benefit in the future from Kevin’s extensive experience in sports nutrition.”


PA Group Ltd

PA Group, the parent company of Press Association, has acquired an 80 per cent stake of content marketing company Sticky Content.

The purchase forms part of PA Group’s strategy to become a top provider of multi-platform content solutions across a range of sectors.

Commenting on the news, Clive Marshall, PA Group's chief executive, said: "This is the second significant investment we have made since we sold our stake in Canada Newswire at the end of 2012.

"Last month we acquired mminternational (Europe) – a leading European weather company – to exploit the significant opportunities for growth in our MeteoGroup weather business and further strengthen its position as one of the world's leading commercial weather organisations.

"The acquisition of Sticky Content is part of our drive to broaden the market for the Press Association's news and information services and expand the range of products and services that complement our traditional news feed business."

PA Group revealed its Content For Marketing businesses will now operate under the Sticky Content brand to provide clients with a complete end-to-end content marketing solution.


Freeman

Freeman is the leading provider of services to the exhibition market in North America.

Regent Assay assisted Freeman on their investment in the UK, drawing on experience gained in the sector following a number of previously successful transactions.


Stadium Group PLC

IGT Industries has been acquired by the Stadium Group plc. The acquisition supports a strategy to build an electronic business with a portfolio of adjacent products and technologies, offering synergies and economies of scale. IGT will adopt the new trading name of Stadium IGT Limited and will remain at the current site in Eastleigh with day‐to‐day running of operations unchanged.

The acquisition also sees Terry Moss take up the position of Sales and Marketing Director. Moss comments: “This acquisition will benefit our customers by offering access to wider products and services within the Stadium Group including access to Stadium’s global supply chain in Asia. We now have the financial stability of being backed by a major UK PLC and going forward with a commitment by Stadium to invest in IGT’s core product offerings and technology.”

Stadium IGT, now part of Stadium Group plc, have been at the forefront of Man Machine Interface technology for more than twenty years and have been responsible for many technological innovations now in common use. These include numerous backlighting techniques, integral RFI screening and most recently the development of capacitive switching systems, both touch screen based and single press control panels with optional back-lighting. Stadium IGT products are widely used in rail, marine, aviation, industrial and medical markets.


SO Group

360 Creative Event Services is a leading provider of equipment, creative design services and project management to the Event sector. Major clients include Silverstone, Cheltenham, PGA, LTA and Merlin Entertainments.

Regent Assay advised the founders of 360, David Walley and David Harding, on their initial acquisitions in 2010, and became retained advisors to the group.

360 has been acquired by SO Group, a leading player in the Exhibition market. As part of the transaction, David Walley has become CEO of SO Group.