Press release

Ardian provides financing to support Synova’s majority stake investment in Orbis Protect

  • 21 June 2021

  • Private Debt

  • United-KIngdom, London

London, June 21st, 2021 – Ardian, a world-leading private investment house, today announces the arrangement of a Unitranche Debt Facility to support Synova’s majority stake investment in Orbis, a leading provider of critical security services to the UK vacant property sector. Synova is backing CEO, Ben Howard and as part of the transaction, incumbent investor NorthEdge will remain a significant minority shareholder in the new group.
Over the past three years, Orbis has grown revenues at a CAGR of 17% and added to its technology capabilities through the acquisition of Optosafe, a provider of leading edge CCTV services. The Company also ranked eighth in The Sunday Times’ Profit Track in 2020. The sector is expected to benefit from strong tailwinds given structural changes in the commercial property market that have accelerated over the last 18 months.

In addition to focusing on organic growth, Orbis will also be targeting a number of strategic acquisitions across a highly fragmented UK and European Market.

Stuart Hawkins, Managing Director, said: “We are very pleased to be backing Synova, Northedge and Management in leading Orbis through its next phase of growth. Orbis has already established itself as a leading player in the UK market for vacant property services which it is well placed to consolidate; we look forward to supporting the business through this journey."


  • Ardian Private Debt

    • Stuart Hawkins
    • Saam Serajian-Esfahan


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