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SME Capital funds first acquisition for MarineGuard

SME Capital is delighted to support MarineGuard Systems Ltd with their recent acquisition of Scottish offshore/onshore firm, Exploration and Production Information Company Ltd (EPIC).

MarineGuard is the market leading security system design, supply and integration partner for the largest private vessels in the global superyacht market. Founded by CEO, Richard Webb, in 1998, the business operates from its Southampton base and employs staff in some of the key northern European shipyards which service this market.

Seeking to enter new markets based on their current expertise, MarineGuard were offered the opportunity to acquire EPIC; a specialist in the supply and support of personnel tracking, offshore logistics, POB management, e-mustering and evacuation systems used extensively in offshore facilities, ports and other safety-critical environments.

Despite differences in end application, the core product similarities are significant which is expected to be to the benefit of both businesses as part of the enlarged group.

MarineGuard Yacht - SME Capital

Richard Webb, Founder and Owner of MarineGuard, commented “There are idiosyncrasies when Owner managed business are involved.  Chris at SME Capital understood these issues and guided us through the numerous processes, understanding our needs throughout the acquisition.”

Emma Hills, Chief Financial Officer, added, "This is our first acquisition as a group and I found that the support received from SME Capital gave confidence and reassurance through each step in the process. Working with Chris and SME Capital is a pleasure and I am looking forward to building on our relationship in the next few years.“

SME Capital Regional Director, Chris Collings, said, "It has been a real pleasure getting to know Richard, Emma and the rest of the team at MarineGuard, and supporting them in further growing their impressive business through the acquisition of EPIC. As MarineGuard solidifies their position in the very strong superyacht market, the acquisition opens up a new customer base operating across a number of aligned sectors, meaning both businesses will benefit from the shared expertise built up over a number of years. By getting to know the business and key drivers of what is a dynamic industry landscape, we were able to structure a bespoke financing package which will enable the team to progress with the exciting times which lay ahead.”

SME Capital have agreed a bespoke 5 year funding structure to support the acquisition of EPIC and refinance certain other debt facilities.

Gregory Moreton, Jack Williams, Michelle Harris, and Omar Kader of RSM Debt Advisory provided consulting services to MarineGuard.

Andrea Unwin of Clarion acted on behalf of SME Capital, with Tony Cameron and Lucy Mosedale of Harper Macleod providing legal representation.


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


About SME Capital

SME Capital was founded to support the growing number of SMEs who face difficulty or frustration in accessing capital through traditional methods. We understand the importance of real and trusted relationships in the SME lending market and have dedicated Regional Directors based across the UK. By combining traditional lending expertise with the latest in data analytics, we are supporting established UK SMEs with their long-term objectives and business ambitions.

July 2022

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