In October 2020, Mercia sold its stake in Clear Review for a cash consideration of £26.0million. The transaction followed a combination of Mercia’s managed funds in 2018 and then a direct investment in 2019. The acquirer, Advanced Business Software and Solutions, is the third largest British software and services company in the UK.
Mercia held a 4.0% fully diluted direct holding in Clear Review at the date of sale and received cash proceeds of £1.0million representing a 2x return on its investment and a 72% IRR. In addition to this direct investment return, the sale will also generate an 8x return on Mercia’s EIS managed fund investment cost and a 122% fund IRR.