The Quercus team, led by Mark Whelan and Neil Giles, advised the Board of Environmental Resource Group (“ERG”), on the sale of the business to specialist waste and recycling company, Red Industries (“Red”), supported by a £39m funding package from BGF and HSBC.
Headquartered in Brownhills in the West Midlands with further operations in Dudley, ERG is one of the UK’s largest privately owned hazardous and non-hazardous waste management groups. The founder shareholders have been transforming the hazardous waste industry for more than 20 years, driven by a vision to reduce materials away from landfill and provide clients with cost effective and environmentally compliant waste management solutions.
The combined business will have greatly increased scale enhancing its competitiveness in the marketplace as a result of cross-selling opportunities and increased economies of scale. It will also provide Red with access to ERG’s market-leading sales and client support team and sought-after and innovative European trans-frontier shipment routes, unlocking further opportunities for the enlarged group.
Mark Whelan, Partner at Quercus said:
“We are delighted to have successfully helped the owners of ERG to sell the business to Red. ERG’s extensive customer base and strong, customer service focused culture and business model complements Red’s existing operations well.”
Aron James, CEO and majority shareholder of ERG added:
“The shareholders of ERG are delighted with the result Mark, Neil and the Quercus team delivered for us. It was a deal that will form a new and exciting entity within our sector and we are proud to have played a part within that. Quercus were excellent throughout the process, guiding the shareholders through the challenges set before them. Quercus’ sector expertise, was for sure, pivotal in getting the deal across the line.”