Tekmar Energy


Tekmar Energy

Tekmar Energy

Sector: Utilities

Status: Realised

Fund: I

Deal type: Management buyout

Investment date: September 2011

Realisation date: June 2018

Our investment in Tekmar Energy, a manufacturer of cable protection systems for offshore wind farms, helped a company with more than 30 years of heritage grow internationally in a nascent market.

Two commercial divers had founded Tekmar’s original parent company decades earlier as a design and consultancy business in the subsea oil and gas sector.

By 2008, its subsidiary, Tekmar Energy, had pursued a growth strategy using the company’s knowledge of polyurethanes, for the relatively new offshore wind farm market.

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“Elysian understood the renewables industry and put in place the right capital structure to allow Tekmar to develop in this dynamic market. They truly back management and have been good partners, supporting our investment in further capacity and our move into new markets.” 

James Ritchie

Chief Executive, Tekmar

Tekmar Energy

Tekmar investment rationale

Investment rationale

With its patented TekLink solution, Tekmar had fast established itself as the leader in offshore cable protection in a market with good long-term prospects given the European Union’s renewable energy targets.

Our past experience in wind power would help strategy development, while our business approach would support the creation of an appropriate financial and operational platform for future volumes.

Creating value

Tekmar was admitted to the London Stock Exchange’s AIM on 20 June 2018. The initial public offering raised £62m, enabling us to fully exit and provide the company with funds for future expansion.

Under our ownership, Tekmar expanded globally and continued to lead in the offshore wind market.

Under our ownership, we helped Tekmar:

  • Expand outside Europe to complete projects in Asia and North America.
  • Win repeat orders for oil and gas products in new regions globally.
  • Appoint sales, design and engineering professionals for oil and gas cable protection sector.
  • Launch an eighth generation TekLink system and develop Tekspace, a unique cable crossing protection system.
  • Invest in a new 70,000 square foot manufacturing facility, tripling capacity.
  • Strengthen its management team with a new non-executive chairman and technical director with oil and gas experience.
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