Private equity swoop

Sigma Capital acquired in £188m all-cash deal

Graham Barnet: ‘powerful combination

Sigma Capital Group, the Edinburgh-based residential development and urban regeneration specialist, has been acquired by pan-European private equity specialist PineBridge Benson Elliot in a deal that values the group at £188.4 million.

Each Sigma shareholder will be entitled to receive 202.1p in cash, representing a  35.6% premium to the closing price of 149p per Sigma share on 10 June.

The proposed deal by Six Bidco, a wholly-owned indirect subsidiary of investment funds managed by PineBridge Benson Elliot, follows a decision by Sigma’s directors to appoint Rothschild & Co to review the strategic options and relative benefits of the various routes available to the business to fund its future growth and maximise shareholder value.

The independent Sigma directors believe that the company can continue to execute its current strategy by leveraging its brand, relationships, and expertise.

However, in order to deliver its next phase of growth, Sigma would require consistent access to capital to invest in scale into the UK private rental sector and grow the business through forming new house builder partnerships, expanding operations into new regional markets and widening its rental product offering.

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The Sigma directors believe the acquisition will accelerate the delivery of these strategic benefits to Sigma’s business at a rate which would be otherwise difficult to achieve as a standalone AIM-quoted company.

PineBridge Benson Elliot believes that Sigma is a market-leading vertically integrated PRS delivery and operating platform, which benefits from a leading position in the rapidly growing UK single-family rental market.

Having delivered c.5,400 homes to date, Sigma’s platform has recently entered into new long-term partnerships with housebuilder delivery partners and end investors in the UK, with expansion plans to deploy further capital towards new PRS opportunities. 

The new owner aims to build on this solid foundation, and intends to continue to grow the business and the success already achieved through Sigma’s partnerships with PRS REIT and EQT Real Estate by providing capital backing, investment, strategic support and expertise in Sigma’s target geographic markets.

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