European tech specialist Hg has reinvested in human resources and legal services provider Citation Group after agreeing to sell a controlling interest in the UK company to KKR in August.
Citation provides legal and human resources support for small- and medium-sized enterprises across the UK from offices in Wilmslow, Norwich, Belfast and Glasgow. It has 900 employees and annual revenues of about £65m. The company, founded in 1996, was acquired by Hg in 2016 from mid-market firm ECI Partners for £185m. Since then, the business has doubled its customer base to about 40,000 SMEs.
Hg said it acted on an option to acquire a co-controlling stake with KKR in the sale agreement it announced this summer. Under that deal, Hg said it would realise around £25.8m of estimated cash proceeds from the sale.
Chris Morris, chief executive of the Citation Group, said: “To attract the backing of two world-class investors