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Cabot Credit Management (CCM), a leading acquirer and manager of consumer debt, has agreed to acquire Marlin Financial Group (Marlin), a leading specialised debt buyer, for £295 million.

The acquisition brings together two companies with complementary capabilities to strengthen their combined position in the market. Marlin has a robust, mature legal collections operation that is highly effective at collecting on non-performing debt. This capability is an ideal complement to CCM’s success with semi-performing debt. By leveraging each other’s core strengths, CCM and Marlin will expand their ability to grow revenues across a broad range of debt types. In addition, the combined company expects to create further operational efficiencies by applying industry expertise and sharing best practices.

As part of the agreement, Ken Stannard, Marlin’s chief executive officer, has been appointed chief executive officer of CCM, with Neil Clyne, CCM’s current chief executive officer stepping down to pursue other interests. The Board would like to thank Neil Clyne for his significant contribution to the business.

“We are delighted to bring together two industry leaders with their own unique strengths. Together, the companies are well placed to become the purchaser of choice for U.K. vendors,” Stannard said. “I am honoured to be leading a great team of people through an exciting period of growth, and I look forward to working with the Board, our people and partners to ensure our continued success.”

Outgoing CCM chief executive Clyne said, “I want to thank the Board, our people and partners for their support and encouragement over the years as we have built CCM into an industry leader. I am proud of everything we’ve accomplished as a team, and I’m confident that together CCM and Marlin will lead the industry into its next phase of maturity.”

Marlin founder Martin Dunphy said, “I am extremely proud of our people and the company. The fact that Marlin has become an industry leading specialised debt buyer and a highly profitable business is a testament to what can be achieved when you assemble a great group of smart, motivated and ambitious people. I wish the combined company much success in the future.”

Miles Cresswell-Turner, Duke Street said, “I am immensely proud to have been associated with Marlin during its transformation from a niche player to a leading specialised UK debt buyer. Over the past four years of Duke Street investment, Marlin has not only grown faster than any of its peers (with a 5-fold increase in turnover), but has also achieved the highest return on assets and the lowest volatility of outcome amongst individual portfolios - a really impressive performance. It is a testament to the management and broader team that it is now becoming part of CCM, a leading UK debt purchaser.”

Marlin will form part of the CCM group, but continue to operate from its current location in Worthing, West Sussex, under the existing Marlin brand.

CCM was advised on this transaction by UBS Investment Bank and Macfarlanes LLP.

 

For further information, please contact:

Becky Cimelli

PR Manager, Cabot Credit Management

Tel: +44 (0) 7780 495082

Email: bcimelli@cabotcm.com

 

For Investor Relations, please contact:

Chris Ross-Roberts

Chief Financial Officer, Cabot Credit Management

Tel: +44 (0)1732 524 744

Mob: +44 (0)7789 392 038

Email:  crossroberts@cabotcm.com

 

For further information on Marlin or Duke Street please contact:

Stephen Benzikie, iha consulting

Tel: +44(0)774 0038929

Email: stephen@ihaconsulting.co.uk

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