Clearwater International advises Horizon Capital on its investment in Modern Networks


Clearwater International’s Debt Advisory team has advised Horizon Capital, the UK’s technology services buy and build specialist, on its investment in Modern Networks, a provider of IT Managed Services and Connectivity to the real estate and construction industry in a £40m deal.

Clearwater International raised debt facilities to support the acquisition and future buy and build strategy from specialist SME lender DunPort Capital Management.

Modern Networks provides IT support, connectivity and communications in an easy to consume integrated solution to over 1,800 sites across the UK. From its support centre in Hitchin the business delivers a high-quality 24/7 service to users and serves a number of the largest commercial property managers in the UK.

The business has an ambitious growth strategy and the investment from Horizon Capital will enable it to pursue acquisitions alongside its successful organic growth.

The business expects to accelerate its growth within the commercial sector and also in adjacent sectors.

Modern Networks was founded by Matthew Reeve who continues as CEO and is joined on the board by experienced Chairman Lee Shorten, who was previously UK MD of Avaya and Andy Roberts, who both work with Horizon Capital in another portfolio company Sabio. Managing Director James Tizzard and Finance Director Nikki Sandham complete the team.

Modern Networks is Horizon Capital’s second platform acquisition of 2021 and joins a 14 strong portfolio of growing technology and service businesses. Horizon Capital completed 24 add on acquisitions for its portfolio in 2020 and expects to exceed that this year as it continues to grow.

The Clearwater International Debt Advisory team consisted of Partner Chris Smith, Director Lachlan Dorrity and Associate Andrew Royle.

Simon Hitchcock, Managing Partner of Horizon Capital said: “We are delighted to be working with Matt and his team on this buy and build journey. Modern Networks has delivered impressive organic growth over the past four years and with Lee Shorten and Andy Roberts joining the board together with Horizon Capital’s proven buy and build model I am confident we will accelerate it through acquisitions.”