Fairline Boats acquired

NORTHAMPTONSHIRE, England — Better Capital Limited recently reported that a company wholly owned by BECAP Fund LP has reached a formal agreement with the Royal Bank of Scotland Plc to acquire a majority stake in Masco 30 Limited, a new company set up solely for the purpose of acquiring 100 percent of the share capital of Fairline Boats Acquisition Limited and its subsidiaries.

Under the agreement, West Register Limited, a company wholly owned by RBS, will acquire a minority stake in Masco 30 Limited.

Fairline builds luxury boats in the range of 38 to 80 feet. It sells its boats through an extensive independent dealer network in 69 locations worldwide and is headquartered in Oundle, Northamptonshire.

BECAP and RBS have committed £16.6 million and £3.9 million respectively to finance the transaction and to fund restructuring and working capital requirements. Nick Sanders, a member of Better Capital LLP, will join the Fairline Group board as Chairman.

On announcing the acquisition, Derek Carter, CEO of Fairline said: “This investment will allow us to focus on three core elements paramount to our continuing success as a UK manufacturing business, being new product development, the implementation of new build technologies and the support of further growth in burgeoning overseas markets. The investment allows our three-year model launch plan to be set in motion which includes the completion of our much awaited flagship, the Fairline Squadron 80.”

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