October, 2019 Eastland Engineering Supply Co Ltd. (‘EES’) is delighted to announce that MML Growth Capital Partners Ireland, a leading investor in Irish small and medium enterprises, has agreed to make a significant investment into the business.
EES is a leading outsourced provider of integrated supply chain services associated with maintenance, repair & overhaul activities in large manufacturing facilities, with a particular focus to date on the pharma, food and beverage sectors. The business is headquartered in Dublin and provides services across 67 customer sites in Ireland and the UK through its 103 employees. It reported turnover of approximately €35 million for the year to 31 2019. EES have long standing contracts with blue chip customers such as Diageo and Pfizer and have more recently moved into the Dairy sector with Glanbia and Dairygold.
Founder, Tommy Hynes will continue as a consultant to the business and will remain as a significant shareholder. Robert Keatinge will continue as EES Managing Director and will also invest into the business for the first time.
The MML investment will be made from the MML Growth Capital Partners Ireland I Fund, a €125 million fund supported by Enterprise Ireland, AIB and a number of international institutional investors. The fund is dedicated to backing small and medium sized private businesses located on the island of Ireland.
Neil McGowan, Co-head of Investments at MML Ireland said: “MML focuses on supporting successful Irish management teams to deliver ambitious expansion plans. EES is one of the very many indigenous success stories that was established to serve the multinational manufacturing sector. Tommy and Catherine Hynes established the business in their garden shed almost 30 years ago and we are delighted to partner with Robert in EES to help take the business on to the next level.”
Robert Keatinge added: “We are very pleased to have teamed up with MML on this opportunity. We feel they are the right partner to complement the existing EES team and look forward to working with them to continue our Irish and International growth.”
Tommy Hynes said: “In MML, Catherine and I have been able to secure an investor with vision and with similar ambition that Robert and I have for our business. We have a strong and dedicated team of people at EES and this new partnership gives us the platform for significant growth.”
The investment, which is subject to approval from the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC), was also supported by bank financing provided by AIB Corporate Banking. BDO Corporate Finance advised the shareholders of EES. Eversheds Sutherland acted as legal advisers to MML while LK Shields acted for EES. Grant Thornton provided financial and tax due diligence and Armstrong TS provided commercial due diligence.