Nu-Heat UK


Profile of the company

Bestport completed the MBO of underfloor heating specialist Nu-Heat UK Limited in May 2017, backing the management team to acquire the business from the founder shareholders. Nu-Heat has grown strongly in recent years to become a £15m turnover business. The deal was concluded with equity from Bestport and a unitranche debt facility from Beechbrook Capital. Nu-Heat is one of the UK’s largest supplier of warm water underfloor heating and integrated renewable solutions. The Company delivers fully designed, energy efficient systems to installers, housebuilders, contractors, architects and self-builders nationwide. Nu-Heat was founded in 1992 and by remaining true to the core values of design, innovation, expertise and service, the company is now a trusted supplier of warm water underfloor heating and renewable solutions, employing over 100 people.

Following the successful execution of the growth strategy and continued strong trading despite the backdrop of COVID-19, Bestport found the right acquirer in Polypipe to take the business forward to the next level, and Ole Bettum led the exit on behalf of all stakeholders.

Polypipe was attracted to Nu-Heat due to its market leading position with a product set complementary to the Group’s existing portfolio of brands, and a solid track record of growth, profitability, and good cash generation. The sale generated a gross IRR of 68%, and a gross money multiple of 5.6x for Bestport investors.

  • Sector – Building Materials
  • Location: Honiton
  • Investment type: MBO
  • Date of transaction: May 2017
  • Status: Sold to Polypipe Group Plc in Feb 2021

The MBO process has been challenging but Bestport provided support and guidance from the outset and the team is excited about the next chapter in Nu-Heat’s development as one of the leading brands in the UK underfloor heating market. This investment marks our confidence in this market and the company’s continued growth story. Above all, the investment from and support of Bestport will help us to continue to provide our customers with the best heating solution whilst providing our people with a bright future firmly anchored in the origins of the business.

David Roberts, CEO

Nu-Heat is a fantastic company with a strong management team and an impressive track record in a growing market. We are delighted to be investing in Nu-Heat and we are excited about supporting the company’s future ambitions for growth.

Ole Bettum, Bestport Partner
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