TruckEast in BIMBO

Commercial vehicle dealership TruckEast has been acquired in a £10 million buy-in management buy-out funded by Glitnir Integrated Finance.

The company’s management team will be led by managing director John Biggin and finance director Simon Hobson.

Nordic investment bank Glitnir provided debt and equity funding for the deal. Its integrated finance department will take a minority stake in the company.

Stowmarket, Suffolk-based TruckEast operates in the East of England and specialises in Scania vehicles such as trucks, buses and engines. It also provides services including accident repair, servicing and MOTs.

The company was established in January 2006 after the merger of vehicle dealers Ro-Truck and Derek Jones Commercials. TruckEast generated turnover of £65 million and an operating profit of £1.2 million in 2006.

Mazars and BPE acted for the management team, while Addleshaw Goddard advised Glitnir and the Newco. Grant Thornton performed due diligence.

Marc Barber

Marc Barber

Marc was editor of GrowthBusiness from 2006 to 2010. He specialised in writing about entrepreneurs, private equity and venture capital, mid-market M&A, small caps and high-growth businesses.

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