Exclusive Corporate Finance Adviser to Future Thinking

Exclusive Adviser to Future Thinking and its shareholders on its £13 million debt capital raise

2016

Transaction Summary

Strata Partners is pleased to announce that it has acted as exclusive corporate finance adviser to Future Thinking and its shareholders on a £13 million investment from Beechbrook Capital and Access Capital Partners.

Next Wave Partners (“Next Wave”), the transformational growth capital private equity fund, announced that it had closed a £13 million investment round into its portfolio company, Future Thinking (the “Company”), with funds provided by Beechbrook Capital (“Beechbrook”) and Access Capital Partners (“Access”). Future Thinking is an award-winning insight and analytics consultancy that provides its clients with business intelligence and insight across product and brand development, media and marketing communications, and customer experience analysis.

Next Wave, which remains the majority shareholder in Future Thinking, has made a series of strategic acquisitions since 2010 to form Future Thinking, which is now one of the largest privately-owned insight agencies in the UK. This investment is in direct support of the Company’s strategy to enhance its analytics capability and expand operations in continental Europe.

Beechbrook and Access provided a unitranche loan and working capital facility to Future Thinking totaling £13 million. This financing package will help Future Thinking accelerate its organic growth while also providing capital to finance strategic acquisitions that will broaden in services offering, provide access to lower-cost delivery locations and bring further talent to service its clients.

Strata Partners acted as exclusive financial adviser to Future Thinking and its shareholders on the capital raising process, which involved considering a number of quite different structuring options including both debt and equity financing.

Strata Partners has a track record of advising in the market research industry going back to 2009, and has been advising Future Thinking on fundraising and a variety of acquisition opportunities since 2015.