Oakley Capital Investments Limited (OCI) is pleased to announce that Oakley Capital Fund V2 has agreed to acquire Steer Automotive Group, the UK’s leading B2B automotive services platform. OCI’s indirect contribution via Fund V is expected to be up to £90 million (note that the above figure only relates to OCI’s share of Oakley’s overall investment in Steer Automotive Group.)
Founded in 2018 by serial entrepreneur Richard Steer, Steer Automotive has expanded through 18 acquisitions, establishing a network of over 100 repair centres. The group facilitates repairs through its core passenger car and prestige repair centres, luxury brand centres and commercial vehicle locations.
Representing approximately 5% of the UK repair market, Steer employs over 2,300 people and repairs more than 115,000 vehicles a year. In 2023, Steer Automotive Group was ranked 36th in The Sunday Times’s list of 100 fastest-growing businesses in the UK, separately being recognised by The Independent as one of the top 100 job creators in the country and was awarded ‘ESG Excellence Accreditation’ for its sustainability strategy.
Founder, Richard Steer, and the current management team will continue to lead the business and are reinvesting alongside Oakley. As part of the transaction, Oakley will acquire the shares held by Keyhaven Capital Partners and Chiltern Capital.
Partnering with Oakley will facilitate Steer Group’s next stage of growth within the fragmented collision repair market, further strengthening its investment in its facilities, development and training through the Steer Academy programme, and EV repair capability to meet the demands of newer, more technologically advanced vehicles.
Oakley Capital Founder and Managing Partner, Peter Dubens commented:
“Our strategy has always been to invest behind exceptional founders with a clear strategic vision. We have been impressed by Richard and his team, and the way they have built Steer to serve the changing needs of the UK automotive industry. We look forward to working with the company as they deliver on their ambitious growth plans to scale Steer Group into a key service provider for this large, dynamic market.”
Steer Automotive Group Founder, Richard Steer commented:
“Over recent years we have built Steer into the UK’s leading automotive repair business, with major investments in the talent, technology, and systems required to serve the Automotive Industry as it undergoes huge change. Both Chiltern and Keyhaven have been great supporters of our business and have been instrumental in delivering the growth we have achieved to date.
We are delighted to have now secured a partnership with Oakley Capital to fuel the next phase of our growth. Oakley are a great fit for our business and complement our experience, with a very strong track record helping fast growing businesses through both organic growth and M&A. We see potential to further grow our share of the automotive repair market by building a unique sector-leading proposition that’s well positioned to meet the evolving needs of our clients, sustaining our strong focus on customer care and service quality.”
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