Cairngorm Capital acquires MJ Wilson

Cairngorm Capital Partners LLP has acquired UK-based MJ Wilson Group Limited, a distributor of process instrumentation and control products. No financial terms were disclosed.


London, 5th February 2018

Cairngorm Capital Partners LLP (Cairngorm Capital) is pleased to announce that it has acquired MJ Wilson Group Limited (MJ Wilson), the leading independent UK distributor of Process Instrumentation and Control products.

Founded in 1972, MJ Wilson is a leading distributor of Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) components. It sells highly technical Process and Instrumentation Products (including valves, controls, test equipment, pipe, fittings, flanges, fastenings and gaskets), as well as offering essential services such as calibration and repairs. Headquartered in Grimsby, MJ Wilson has five regional branches and workshops, and a number of specialist staff who provide best in class service and rapid delivery of critical components to a diverse range of long-standing, blue-chip customers across the UK.

The acquisition of MJ Wilson is intended to be the first in a series of investments within the MRO industry by Cairngorm Capital, to create a new national and full-service MRO distribution company. To implement its MRO strategy, Cairngorm Capital is partnering with a team of highly experienced MRO industry executives led by Ian Ritchie, former UK Managing Director of Brammer UK.
Cairngorm Capital in partnership with Ian Ritchie, will undertake an accelerated programme of investment in UK headquartered, technically focused companies across the MRO sector (fluid power, bearings, power transmission and industrial supplies), working with each to advance a variety of organic growth opportunities, including enhanced customer acquisition, new product introductions and best-in-class customer service across a combined group.

This is Cairngorm Capital’s 11th proprietary transaction since July 2016 and the second platform investment for its second fund Cairngorm Capital II, which closed in April 2017. It is Cairngorm Capital’s first investment outside of the building products sector but remains consistent with its strategy of investing in well-performing UK companies and supporting ambitious management teams in driving transformation.

Gareth Wilson, MJ Wilson’s Executive Chairman said “Our reputation for technical sales with outstanding customer service has made MJ Wilson a leader in the MRO market. Cairngorm Capital and Ian Ritchie’s involvement will drive our continued growth and heralds a new phase in MJ Wilson’s development. Together, we will pursue new growth opportunities, to the benefit of our customers, suppliers and employees.”

This transaction was led by Amit Thaper, Investment Director at Cairngorm Capital, who said, “MJ Wilson is an excellent example of the sort of business in which Cairngorm Capital invests in – we are interested in firms that have demonstrated that they can weather economic volatility, have a differentiated customer offering and have significant future growth prospects. A priority for us is the quality and success of the management team, and we are excited to partner with the MJ Wilson management and Ian Ritchie and his team as we build a national MRO distribution business. We hope this is the first in a series of investments in the sector.”

Cairngorm Capital were advised on this transaction by PwC (financial and tax), Gowling WGL (legal), CIL (commercial), Intuitus (IT) and JLT (insurance). Management were advised by Browne Jacobson (legal). MJ Wilson shareholders were advised by Evolution CBS (corporate finance), Blow Abbott (financial) and Walker Morris (legal). Barclays Bank Group provided bank facilities to support this transaction.

For further information, please contact Katherine Ritchie on 020 8347 6183 or 07941 040021

Notes to editors
Cairngorm Capital Partners LLP is a specialist private investment firm providing equity capital and management expertise to leading UK companies. It invests in well-performing, private mid-market growth companies in manufacturing, distribution and services industries. The firm’s goal is to build and realise value through growth and performance improvements. Cairngorm Capital’s unique mix of sectoral expertise and investment skill enables it to be actively involved in the strategy and operational focus of portfolio companies, partnering with management teams to grow revenue, enhance margins, improve cash flow or consolidate industry leadership positions.

Cairngorm Capital’s current portfolio includes majority owned stakes in:
Customade Group
MJ Wilson

MJ Wilson Group Limited – Founded in 1972, MJ Wilson is the largest independent UK distributor and service provider of process instrumentation and control products. Headquartered in Grimsby, with five regional hubs in Cardiff, Gravesend, Grimsby, Stockport and Sheffield, MJ Wilson’s specialist staff provide technical expertise and the rapid delivery of critical components to a diverse range of blue-chip companies across the UK. The company has built a reputation for outstanding customer service across the industry, resulting in extremely long-standing customer relationships.