Fidelity’s investment was bolstered by senior debt of £13 million from The Royal Bank of Scotland.
The vendors were led by Meridian Equity, an investor in mid-market UK businesses which had backed a previous buy-out at the company.
Picsolve, which operates systems that take photos of amusement park visitors on high-speed roller coasters, is planning ‘aggressive expansion plans’ in Europe, where it is already established, as well as the US, South East Asia and the Middle East.
Nick Martin, partner at Fidelity Equity Partners, and Stephen Findlay, the firm’s vice president, led the investment and have joined Picsolve’s board.
Findlay comments: ‘Given the difficult banking environment and economic climate, we have been especially pleased to be able to smoothly deliver a leveraged buy-out of a highly seasonal consumer facing business.’
He adds that Fidelity intends to use its network in the US and Asia to assist Picsolve’s expansion plans.
Existing customers of Derby-based Picsolve include Alton Towers, the London Eye and the three Legoland parks in Europe, as well as Madame Tussauds globally. The company was founded in 1994.