Westleigh

Business Services

Westleigh is a leading house builder that delivers affordable homes to registered providers across the Midlands and South Yorkshire.

THE JOURNEY

Key Facts

Initial investment: 22/07/2016

Sector: Business Services

Fund: Buyout Fund III

Status: Realised

Investment Highlights

  • Supported regional expansion of the business with a new office opened in the Yorkshire region and further growth in the West Midlands market. This broader regional offering was crucial to the buyer at exit.
  • Introduced a chief financial officer with private equity experience who improved management reporting and generated significant working capital and cash generation improvements.
  • Introduced a new non-executive director with significant industry experience who ultimately facilitated introduction to a strategic trade buyer.
  • We introduced operational consultants to undertake a supply chain review which led to a number of quality improvements across the supplier base and enhanced operational efficiencies.
  • Westleigh’s EBITDA grew from circa £9m to a run rate of circa £16m at exit.
  • The business was sold to Countryside Properties plc for £135m in April 2018, generating a 3x money multiple in a two-year period.

Partnership Motivation

We were attracted by the company’s entrepreneurial management team, who had demonstrated their ability to grow the business into a market leader for affordable housing development across the Midlands region. Further geographical expansion was at the heart of Westleigh’s growth strategy and the company recognised that the recruitment of experienced operational teams was essential in enabling the new sites to scale quickly.

Westleigh’s experience of having Palatine as our investor partner has been nothing other than positive. Palatine have supported management’s ambitious expansion plans for growth. While always remaining diligent, Palatine have allowed management to run the business and progress matters without clunky, time-consuming approval processes that would have removed the business’s ability to be reactive to opportunities which give it the edge over its competitors. I would like to thank Palatine for their support on behalf of the board and the business.

Chris Beighton, Founder & Chairman

Westleigh