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SME Capital funds RDCP acquisition of Avon Combined Electrical Services

SME Capital are delighted to be supporting construction engineering specialists RDCP Infrastructure with their acquisition of Bristol-based mechanical and electrical engineering firm Avon Combined Electrical Services Ltd (ACES) for an undisclosed sum.

RDCP Infrastructure is a part of investment firm RDCP Group, which controls $450 million of investments in the UK. Led by Gareth Dillon, Sameer Rizvi and Iryna Dubylovska, RDCP Infrastructure is the group’s construction arm. With 260 full-time staff members and a balance sheet worth over £65 million, RDCP Infrastructure is one of UK’s leading construction engineering specialist contractors, offering fully integrated delivery of complex construction projects featuring engineering solutions across key building and infrastructure sectors.

The recent acquisition of ACES sees RDCP take a 90% stake in the £15million turnover business which generates £1.5m in EBITDA. Funding to assist the transaction was provided by SME Capital who were introduced to RDCP by TML Finance and Advisory.

ACES is a leading South-West mechanical and engineering firm that has been trading for over 30 years. It has an established reputation and a proven management team led by Managing Director Stephen Sage. Stephen will continue in his role following the acquisition and work closely with Gareth Dillion and the RDCP Infrastructure team to grow the business further.

RDCP acquires ACES - SME Capital

Sameer Rizvi, Founder & CEO of RDCP Group explained: “The acquisition of ACES brings a high quality, growth-focused construction business to RDCP Infrastructure. It is a well-established and highly respected business with a strong management team. Their impressive client list includes high profile names including Galliford Try, the Ministry of Defence (MOD) and NHS. We are thrilled to welcome the ACES team to the RDCP Group and look forward to working together to maximise ACES potential and enhance further the company’s outstanding reputation and services.”

“The support provided by the team at SME Capital as our lending partners on this transaction has been great. Stuart Watson is highly supportive of RDCP’s acquisition strategy and worked with us to secure the right debt package to complete the acquisition.”

Stephen Sage, Managing Director ACES added: “Joining RDCP is the next step in the evolution of ACES into a stronger regional M&E engineering business. Sameer and his team will enhance the professional service already offered by ACES and open new opportunities for growth and expansion. I’m personally looking forward to working closely with Gareth and the RDCP Infrastructure team to understand their aspirations and explore the close synergies with sister companies within the group. Not only does this provide an excellent opportunity for both RDCP and ACES it also allows for personnel within the current business to expand their own personal aspirations.”

Stuart Watson, Regional Director, Business Development SME Capital said: “RDCP (through its Infrastructure business) knows the M&E sector very well and identified ACES as a perfect fit as part of its acquisition strategy. ACES has an excellent, long-standing client base, a high profile in the industry and proven management team."

“We have been pleased to support RDCP in this acquisition with a bespoke five-year loan including both a capital repayment holiday and bullet repayment structure to help with the initial integration and maximise cash headroom given current macro-economic uncertainty. This is another excellent introduction from Neil Sharp of TML Finance & Advisory. Thanks to all involved particularly Matt Ingram and the team at Squire Patton Boggs.”

Neil Sharp, Director at TML Finance and Advisory, who structured the lending package to assist with the purchase, added: “It was great to see all the moving pieces align from the start to the final agreement. We have extensive experience in working on these types of deals for clients and it’s always good to put that experience to good use for a positive outcome for RDCP. It was also a great experience working with Stuart and the wider team at SME Capital, who went above and beyond to make this transaction happen.”


If you would like to discuss acquisition financing in more detail or our wider funding capabilities do get in touch.

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