Daisy Group blooms with £25m from RBS


Daisy Group blooms with £25m from RBS

Nelson-based Daisy Group Plc a leading provider of unified business communications services, has received a £25m finance deal from The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) to support the firm’s strategic acquisition of Worldwide Group Holdings Ltd (“Worldwide”), a conference call aggregator.

As part of the transaction, RBS Corporate & Institutional Banking (CIB) has entered into Daisy’s existing banking club alongside Lloyds, HSBC, Barclays and Yorkshire Bank, taking total banking facilities available to the firm to £140m.

AIM-listed Daisy Group offers a comprehensive range of products and services across access, hosting, voice, managed service and mobile telephony.  The latest acquisition sees Daisy add a market-leading audio-conferencing and call-handling technology business to its portfolio that services a business customer base, including some of the world’s largest audio-conferencing companies. The firm currently employs over 1,000 people.

The finance package from RBS was arranged between the RBS CIB and RBS Structured Finance teams based in Manchester, assisted by specialists from the Technology, Media and Telecoms Sector Team.

"We are delighted that RBS has joined our banking club as part of this transaction. They showed a positive desire to support us throughout the transaction process. They also took the necessary time to fully understand the business and markets in which we operate, which led them to making an approved offer within a tight timeframe. We value their support in this transaction and look forward to building a longstanding relationship with RBS going forward."

Steve Smith, chief financial officer, Daisy Group Plc

"We are very pleased to have been able to provide support to Daisy to enable it to complete this important acquisition. Despite a challenging business environment, the management team has delivered excellent results. Based on their in-depth knowledge of the sector and Daisy's strong market reputation, the business is well-placed to capitalise on market opportunities and to deliver its growth plans. We look forward to building on our strong working relationship as these develop."

Steve Lewis, North West Regional Director, RBS Corporate & Institutional Banking

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