MBO at Midlands-based furniture manufacturer and retailer Hammonds

MBO at Midlands-based furniture manufacturer and retailer Hammonds

Quality fitted furniture manufacturer and retailer, Hammonds, has received an investment from HSBC UK (HSBC) and Frontier development Capital (FDC) to support a management buyout (MBO).

MBO gives 100% share ownership to family members - Group CEO, Richard Hammonds and Group Director, Mark Hammonds

Investment to support the MBO was provided by HSBC UK and Frontier Development Capital

The MBO brings 100% share ownership to third-generation family members - Richard Hammonds, Group CEO and Mark Hammonds, Group Director.

Founded in 1926 in Hinckley, Leicestershire, Hammonds supplies fitted bedroom, kitchen and home office furniture to both the home improvement and new build markets. With 89 showrooms across the UK, Hammonds manufactures over 250 orders per day from purpose-built facilities in Hinckley and distributes these nationally via 15 regional service centres. 

The family-run business has 837 members of staff and achieves an annual turnover of over £85m.

Richard Hammonds, Group CEO of Hammonds, commented: 

“I am personally delighted to have led this MBO process that will now enable us to continue to build upon the long-standing success of the company.  Over the last two years we have introduced a successful succession and management team to provide the continuity and strength to enable the group to carry on developing our range and product portfolio in the future.

“The MBO provides us, as third-generation owners, with the ability to protect our well-established brand and values, as well as offering continued opportunities for growth.  We are currently introducing new and exciting fitted bedroom and kitchen ranges, and I look forward to developing the business further and supporting our long-standing relationships with both customers and suppliers.

“I would obviously like to thank our advisors and funders that have assisted us during the transaction."

Mark Jones, Partner at Jasmin Advisory LLP, who supported the strategy and management team in planning for this MBO, said:  

“Jasmin Advisory LLP is delighted to have supported the family owned business in reaching this MBO, following a period of planning and structuring for future ownership, enhancing a strong management team structure that will take the group forward under a third-generation of family ownership – congratulations”.

Richard Newman, Director, Regional Debt Financing at HSBC UK, said:  

“We’ve worked closely with the management team at Hammonds for the past two years, developing a flexible finance facility to support the next phase of the business following the MBO. Our main aim for Hammonds was to provide a finance structure, alongside FDC, that will flex with the business’ growth ambitions and we’re delighted to have delivered a facility that meets that requirement. We are thrilled to have been able to support a third-generation British family business right on our doorstep, which will in turn support further job growth in the region.”

Graham Mold, Head of Growth Capital at FDC, said: 

“Hammonds is a renowned family business, with a longstanding legacy across the UK for quality and craftsmanship. We’re thrilled to be able to support Richard and Mark in funding this MBO, which will see the shareholding consolidated across an experienced and driven management team.

"It’s been a great achievement to bring this transaction to fruition, through the collaboration of several corporate finance advisors and legal teams working in the Midlands region. FDC is now looking forward to working with Richard, Mark and the team at Hammonds - a prime example of the type of accomplished businesses we can help to support."

Frontier Development Capital provide access to flexible investments of up to £7million, deploying funds nationwide via their offices in Birmingham and Manchester.

FDC and HSBC UK were advised by FRP Corporate Finance, Birmingham. Legal services were provided by Gateley Plc (the company), Shakespeare Martineau (FDC), Higgs & Sons (the vendors), and Pinsent Masons (HSBC UK). 

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