ECI backs Investis to accelerate its growth strategy


ECI Partners LLP

08 December 2014

ECI Partners has invested in Investis, the leading independent global specialist in digital corporate communications. ECI will provide support and additional capital to the business to accelerate its global growth strategy.

Over the past two years, Investis has expanded rapidly by opening offices in the US (New York, San Francisco, and Palm Beach, Florida) and through the acquisitions of global3digital in the UK and Alert IR in the Nordic region. The funding from ECI will enable Investis to build on this success and to establish itself as the global leader in its market.

Headquartered in London, Investis provides digital services that enable companies to manage their corporate communications and investor relations. Investis has over a decade of expertise in managing digital corporate communications for public companies and has been one of the pioneers and innovators in this space. Investis currently works for more than 70% of the companies in the FTSE 100 and a total of nearly 2,000 clients across Europe and the US. Its clients include Alibaba, Anglo American, GE, BAE Systems, BMW, Capita, Chevron, EasyJet, GDF Suez, Novartis, Prudential and Rolls Royce.

Investis’ solutions enable companies to achieve joined up, multi-channel investor and corporate communications. This market continues to grow as companies shift their spending on corporate communications to online and digital formats, including video, webcasting, mobile apps and social media.

David Grigson will continue as chairman of Investis. He is also chairman of Trinity Mirror PLC, a non-executive director of Standard Life plc and the Senior Independent Director and non-executive director at Ocado Group plc.

Richard Chapman, Partner at ECI, commented:
“We are delighted to be partnering with Helen and her team at Investis as the company moves into its next growth phase. As a growth focused investor we were attracted to Investis by its market leading technology, strong management team and global platform, attributes that have driven its market penetration.”

Helen James, CEO of Investis, commented:
“We are very pleased to be working with ECI Partners. They have a strong track record supporting fast-growing, innovative companies in tech-enabled businesses services.
“Investis is poised for further expansion. We are making significant inroads in the US and have expanded our European business through our recent acquisitions of global3digital and Alert IR. We are the international leader in this fast-growing sector.”

David Grigson, Chairman of Investis, commented:
“Investis has made great strides since Helen took over as CEO two years ago, and is now a bigger, better and more international business. We are delighted that ECI has chosen to invest in the company’s continuing growth.”

Investis was advised on this transaction by Clarity, the corporate finance advisory firm specialising in media and technology, and by Osborne Clarke, the international law firm. Debt finance was provided by Clydesdale Bank.

For further information please contact:
ECI Partners: Richard Chapman / Charlie Johnstone
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7606 1000

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