Water handling and treatment rental solutions leader Workdry International fuels growth with sale of majority stake to Arcus Infrastructure Partners

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Workdry International, the market-leading provider of engineered asset rental solutions for the handling and treatment of water and wastewater, has been acquired by independent fund manager Arcus Infrastructure Partners (“Arcus”).

The deal empowers Workdry to build on the track record and growth ambitions of its highly successful Selwood and Siltbuster businesses by investing in innovation and new territories, supported by of Arcus’ experienced team of infrastructure investment specialists.

Workdry International will remain a fully independent business, with Arcus Infrastructure Partners as majority shareholder. Workdry CEO Richard Brown, CFO Nigel Apps and their Executive Leadership Team will continue to deliver the group’s strategy. There will be no day-to-day changes for customers, staff, or suppliers. The Bright family, who have held a controlling interest in the Group since 1976, will relinquish their controlling interest but remain involved in Selwood. Richard Bright will step down as Chairman but remain as an investor board member.

With 21 branches and 490 employees, Hampshire-based Selwood is the UK’s leading pump rental engineered solutions company, and a manufacturer of pumping equipment for sale domestically and internationally. Siltbuster, based in Monmouth, Wales, and employing 77 members of staff, are the UK’s number one specialists in rental of assets to provide on-site water treatment, wet waste processing and the prevention of waterborne pollution.

Richard Brown, CEO, Workdry International, said: “Workdry is an incredibly successful business that has grown significantly over the past decade in line with the Board’s plans to deliver the very best in complete water handling and treatment solutions on a regional, national and international scale. 

“Delivering the next steps in our growth required new and experienced investors to enable us to scale up while continuing to deliver the quality products and services that our customers associate with our Selwood and Siltbuster brands. The team at Arcus shares our values, vision and commitment to outstanding provision of mission-critical assets and services, and their investment will enable us to deliver on those ambitions, building on all we have achieved to date to strengthen our position as a European leader in water and wastewater asset leasing and integrated solutions.”

Arcus Infrastructure focuses solely on long-term investments in European infrastructure, targeting mid-market, value-add infrastructure investments with a focus on businesses in the digital, transport, logistics and industrials, and energy sectors.

Jordan Cott, Partner at Arcus, said: “We have spent significant time reviewing value-add industrial asset leasing businesses in Europe, and Workdry was prioritised given its strong fit with our infrastructure investment strategy. Workdry benefits from predictable and broadly non-cyclical demand, as well as a diversified and blue-chip customer base, which provides a robust foundation for future growth.

“The Company’s essential role for its customers has become even more important given increasingly stringent regulation and public scrutiny with respect to the UK’s water and wastewater infrastructure. Arcus looks forward to partnering with the Bright family and Workdry’s very strong senior management team in delivering the next phase of growth for the business.”

Richard Bright said: “Our family’s involvement with the Workdry International Ltd businesses dates back to 1976 when my late father, Kevin, joined Selwood Ltd as an 18-year-old. While this transaction sees us relinquish our controlling interest in the Group we will remain invested alongside Arcus, reflecting not only our confidence in the Group, its leadership and employees, but also our trust in Arcus as a good home for a business that we deeply care about.”

DWF were legal advisors to Workdry International Ltd, and KPMG provided corporate finance advice to the selling shareholders for the transaction.

For more information about Workdry International’s businesses see www.selwood.co.uk and www.siltbuster.co.uk