Vyta receives £11M investment from MML and acquires IT disposal company FGD

  • IT recycling company, Vyta Group has announced the acquisition of Essex-based IT disposal company FGD, following an £11M investment from MML Growth Capital Partners Ireland (MML). 

    The investment from MML will give it a minority shareholding in the Group. Meanwhile, the existing shareholders and new shareholders – consisting of four members of the Vyta senior management team and the FGD founders – have made significant investments, helping the company to pursue a growth-oriented acquisition strategy across the UK and continental Europe.

    FGD will rebrand under the Vyta Group name. Its 37 employees, including co-founders Leigh Medhurst and Daniel Elson, will join the Group, increasing the Vyta team to over 120 across its expanded network of offices in Belfast, Dublin and Essex. 

    It is now one of the largest IT asset disposal companies in Ireland and the UK. Leigh Medhurst is taking on the role of Chief Development Officer, and Daniel Elson is now Vyta’s Chief Technology Officer.

    Vyta estimates that the addressable market for its services in Ireland and the UK is in excess of £300M, with further market opportunities in Europe. 

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    The acquisition is the first in Vyta’s market consolidation strategy as it aims to increase its market share organically while also acquiring like-minded IT disposal companies. It will be vital to expanding Vyta’s geographical reach as a premium IT asset disposition (ITAD) provider, and the company now expects revenues to reach £16M by the end of its financial year ending 31st May 2022, up from £7M in the previous financial year. Vyta expects to reach revenues of £30M by May 2026.

    The FGD acquisition complements Vyta’s existing services, with a strong focus on customer service, sustainability and security. FGD customers will benefit from Vyta’s scale, extended range of services and security leadership in a market where growth is driven by increasingly stringent data regulations, such as GDPR, as well as sustainability concerns and obligations across all sectors. Vyta is one of the most accredited ITAD providers in Ireland and the UK. It holds R2 certification and the highest possible accreditation from the global IT disposal standards body, ADISA; a distinction with honours.

    Helping to consolidate Vyta’s position in the market are its two subsidiary brands: DiskShred, providing secure on-site hard drive and media shredding across the UK and Europe; and RefreshedByUs.com, a premium reseller of refurbished IT equipment.

    MML is a leading investor in small and medium enterprises on the island of Ireland, with a strong focus on businesses, such as Vyta, which operate in the circular economy. Its investment will see Philip McMichael, co-founder and CEO of Vyta Group, along with the Vyta management team, remain the largest shareholders. Meanwhile, MML investment leads Neil McGowan and Christopher Walsh will join the Vyta Group board. They will work alongside the executive team to support the group’s M&A strategy.

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    The MML funding comes from the MML Growth Capital Partners Ireland Fund II, a €145 million fund supported by British Business Investments, AIB and a number of international institutional investors.

    Philip McMichael, founder and CEO Vyta Group, said: “At Vyta, we adhere to the most stringent industry standards while maintaining our commitment to having the best customer service in our industry. Therefore, it is important that we acquire like-minded ITAD companies, like FGD, who reflect our principles and exacting standards, ensuring that Vyta Group remains a company that our people are proud to be a part of.” 

    Neil McGowan, partner and co-head of investments, MML Growth Capital Partners Ireland, added: “The European ITAD sector is a fast-growing but fragmented market that presents a significant opportunity for Vyta Group. We are impressed by the company’s management team and their track record in growing the business to date, which, together with MML’s investment and support, positions Vyta optimally as a consolidator in the market.  At MML, we are committed to investing in the circular economy. By promoting reuse over recycling, Vyta Group enables thousands of tonnes of carbon dioxide savings per year, helping some of the world’s largest enterprises to become more sustainable and contribute to a greener future for all of us.”

    Source: Written from press release.

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