Birmingham-based private equity house Key Capital Partners has provided expansion financing to Staffordshire manufacturer Wells Plastics.
Key Capital Partners (KCP) has taken a "significant" minority stake in the company in a multimillion pound management buyout.
KCP has invested £3.8 million in equity in the company, alongside senior debt facilities from Natwest and a sizeable investment from incoming executive chairman Paul Richardson.
Clearwater Corporate Finance provided corporate finance advice and deal management services.
KCP was advised on the transaction by Chris Heatlie at BDO (financial due diligence) and Gregg Davison and Andy Phillips at Pinsent Masons (legal).
A team from the Birmingham office of Cobbetts provided legal advice to the management team, while the exiting shareholders were advised by Simon Woodings at Beswicks Solicitors.
The investment by KCP was led by Birmingham-based partner Owen Trotter and North West partner Andy Gregory.
Mr Trotter said: "The management team at Wells has consistently displayed great vision in terms of predicting and responding to the future needs of retailers, manufacturers and other end users of plastic products.
"Our investment will enable the company to expedite its growth strategy and to move increasingly into global markets."
Wells supplies additives to global plastic manufacturers and processors with the end products supplied to a variety of sectors, including consumer, automotive, construction and agriculture.
The company has achieved a sustainable 20 per cent annual growth rate over recent years.
The investment from KCP will enable Wells to exploit growth opportunity for its product Reverte, with a particular focus on the Middle East, Africa and South America.
The company will also draw on the investment to market directly to consumers in order to increase awareness of the product.
Mr Richardson, an experienced chief executive with recent experience at KIK Corp and Cott Corp, has joined sales and marketing director Carl Birch and technical director Andrew Barclay on the board of Wells.
Former managing director David Nelson will retain a role at the company.
Mr Richardson said: "The investment from KCP will enable Wells to exploit the major growth opportunity for Reverte, with a particular focus on targeting the Middle East, Africa and South America, where rapid development is leading to increasing pressure on waste disposal management, and will position Wells to become the UK’s largest exporter in this growth market.
"The company will also draw on the investment to market directly to consumers in order to increase awareness of the benefits of the product."
Jon Hustler, partner in the Birmingham office of Clearwater Corporate Finance, who provided corporate finance advice and deal management services to the new management team, added: "As a UK manufacturer with an innovative product suite and experienced management team, Wells is extremely well positioned for further profitable growth as it continues to exploit export opportunities in key global territories.
"I have no doubt that the company will prove to be a great investment for its new backers."