Air Energi boosted with funding from RBS


Air Energi boosted with funding from RBS

Manchester-based Air Energi Group (Air Energi), one of the world’s largest consultancies to the oil and gas industry, is set to continue its formidable growth following new funding from RBS Corporate & Institutional Banking (CIB). RBS CIB has acquired a proportion of a £61.5 million debt facility provided by HSBC’s Leverage Finance North team and the Manchester-based Corporate Banking Centre last year to support the Secondary Management Buyout of Air Energi, in a deal backed by private equity house LGV Capital.

Air Energi was established over 30 years ago and since then has developed a significant presence across the world.  Headquartered in Manchester, Air Energi now has regional hubs in Houston, Doha, Singapore and Brisbane supporting regional offices in 30 countries and energy projects in more than 50.  The business provides services such as mobilisation and support of technical consultants; assistance with security, compliance, tax and international payroll; fully equipped project teams; recruitment; and strategic consultancy for bespoke situations.

The business has continued to grow: turnover in 2012 increased by 39% to £290m, with gross profit up 35% to £34m.  In the same year, the business won major contracts from Shell, Total, Oilsearch and Nexen and opened new offices in Moscow, New Orleans, Den Hague and Basra. 

RBS CIB was selected due to its significant expertise in the oil and gas sector.

Ken McPherson, group finance director, Air Energi Group said: “This latest funding deal puts us in an excellent position for growth and we remain confident of a robust trading period going forward.  There is strong demand for the services we provide from all four corners of the globe as economies and government focus on energy as a priority.  RBS has exceptionally strong credentials, both in supporting international expansion for its clients as well as in the energy sector.”

Jacqui Hulme, relationship director - client coverage, Royal Bank of Scotland Corporate & Institutional Banking, said: “Air Energi is a business Manchester can be justly proud of.  With a strong UK business and substantial international presence, it offers a diverse and in-demand service throughout the world.  We were absolutely thrilled to be in a position to assist it with its future growth plans.  We are perfectly placed to arrange this latest facility and support the business, and I look forward to working closely with the management team.”

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