Montagu Private Equity sells Hansen Protection to Nordic buyer

London-based Montagu Private Equity has exited its interest in Hansen Protection two years after backing the business through a management buy-out.


London-based Montagu Private Equity has exited its interest in Hansen Protection two years after backing the business through a management buy-out.

Specialist clothing business Hansen Protection is now under the control of IK Investment Partners after being sold by its existing backer for an undisclosed amount.

Norway-headquartered Hansen Protection manufactures specialist survival suits for extreme weather conditions as well as for personal protection.

Montagu Private Equity first became involved with the company when it led a management buy-out (MBO) in February 2011. Under its ownership, Hansen Protection has invested in its infrastructure and facilities and expanded through a Canadian joint venture.

Terie Gorm, CEO of Hansen Protection, comments, ‘Montagu has been a valuable partner to our business since the MBO and has given significant support to the growth and development of Hansen Protection.

‘[IK Investment Partners] have an impressive track record in the Nordics and are well placed to offer us both local and industry expertise as well as a commitment to realise further growth opportunities in new business areas outside the North Sea.’

Hansen Protection is forecasting ‘strong growth’ in the North Sea region and says its product range and brand strength will present opportunities in the future.

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Exiting partner Montagu Private Equity has a large and diverse portfolio including high street consumer electricals business Maplin, which it bought from Graphite Capital in 2004 through a secondary buy-out

Montagu Private Equity director Anthony Greensmith says that the partnership has been ‘very productive’.

He adds, ‘The business is exceptionally well managed and provides mission-critical products to its customers.

Hunter Ruthven

Hunter Ruthven

Hunter was the Editor for GrowthBusiness.co.uk from 2012 to 2014, before moving on to Caspian Media Ltd to be Editor of Real Business.

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