Innis & Gunn receives £15m investment

15 September, 2017

Scottish brewer Innis & Gunn has announced that 99% of shareholders have accepted a £15m investment from L Catterton, the largest consumer-focused private equity firm in the world.

The transaction was completed today (September 15) to secure a 27.9% stake in Innis & Gunn, which the company says will fuel its growth plans in the UK and internationally.

“This is a huge opportunity at the right time for us to build strongly on the solid foundations that have been laid to double our 2015 turnover by 2018,” said Dougal Gunn Sharp, Innis & Gunn founder.

Completion of the deal gives L Catterton a minority stake of 27.9% in the business, and Sharp remains the largest single shareholder. The investment from L Catterton confirms the price paid by the crowdfunding community in November 2016, when Innis & Gunn raised £2.4m through its first equity crowdfunding campaign, AdventureCapital.

The brewer recently reported a 22% increase in its annual Group turnover to more than £14.3m in 2016. This was the 13th consecutive year of volume growth, with volume over the past five years increasing by 175% including sales of the Inveralmond Brewery brands which were successfully integrated into the Innis & Gunn business last year.

Jean-Philippe Barade, partner at L Catterton said: “With an unmatched portfolio of products, successful retail brand, and recently acquired brewery, the potential for this brand and business is hugely exciting and it is in an exceptionally strong place to capitalise on the growth in consumer demand for craft beer.”

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