The Carlyle Cardinal Ireland Fund (CCI) is a joint venture between Cardinal and the Carlyle Group to invest in small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and mid-market businesses in Ireland. CCI is Ireland’s largest private equity investment fund dedicated to investing in Irish companies. CCI benefits from a combination of Cardinal’s experience, relationships and local knowledge together with Carlyle’s global track record.
The objective of CCI is to generate capital appreciation through equity investments in high growth SME and mid-market companies on the island of Ireland. We are particularly interested in talking to founder owners, family businesses and management teams seeking capital for expansion. CCI seeks to invest between €5 million to €50 million of equity in each transaction with the ability to provide co-invest for investment above this level. The key attributes of investee companies include:
- Proven track record and targeted growth ambitions
- Experienced and committed management
- Strong product offering and competitive market position
- Profitable and cash generative
- Opportunity for CCI to enhance shareholder value through its access to capital, global partnerships and industry relationships
CCI Competitive Advantage
CCI is a compelling partner for Irish companies, driving growth through our
- Size and scope as Ireland’s largest private equity investment fund
- Extensive local and international industry contacts to help companies grow both in the Irish market and globally
- Dedicated Irish based investment team
- Track record of successful investments domestically and internationally
- International network of investor and banking relationships which provides access to further capital as required
Current Portfolio Companies
General Secure Logistics Services (GSLS)
Leading independent Irish company operating in the secure logistics sector. GSLS provide a nationwide business critical service to retail and hospitality sector customers and trades on a strong reputation for high levels of service.
Established in 1979 Carroll Cuisine is Ireland's leading producer and distributor of branded cooked deli ham, branded and private label pre-packed sliced meats, chilled ready meals and other chilled food products. Carroll Cuisine is associated with quality Irish produce and is one of the best known brands in the Irish chilled foods category.
Leading provider of multi-channel consumer payments in Ireland. With 11,800 points of sale across over 7,000 merchants Payzone has the largest physical terminal retail payments network in Ireland.
Abtran is a market leading customer and business process management (“BPM”) service provider in Ireland. It provides customer-facing, back office, voice and non-voice services to a range of blue-chip clients across the public and private sectors in Ireland and the UK.
Leaning Pool is Northern Ireland’s largest e-learning company. Founded in Derry in 2006 Learning Pool delivers a one-stop-shop solution for organisations seeking consistent and cost effective online learning services to train their employees
AA Ireland is Ireland’s major motoring organisation and one of the country’s leading consumer service businesses. It specialises in Motor, Home & Travel insurance and provides emergency rescue for people on the road and in the home.
Sam McCauley Chemists
Sam McCauley Chemists is Ireland’s leading independent retail pharmacy group with 30 stores and almost 600 employees nationwide. The award-winning company is one of the best recognised retail pharmacy brands in Ireland with a customer-led Health, Wellness and Beauty focus offering a unique combination of prestige products and services.
Lily O’Brien’s (Lily’s) is an Irish manufacturer of premium chocolates and desserts located in Newbridge, Co. Kildare.
Founded in 1992 from her kitchen in Kildare, Mary Ann O’Brien has grown Lily O’Brien’s into a global brand name in premium chocolates and desserts. As well as a burgeoning online business, Lily’s also supplies branded products to many high street retailers and airlines.
Since investing in Lily’s, CCI actively assisted management grow the business. Production capacity at the Newbridge plant has almost doubled following a capex investment programme identified as part of CCI’s initial investment. Furthermore, CCI are actively assisted with the creation of revenue opportunities through linking Lily’s management to customers, companies and individuals across the Carlyle and Cardinal networks. Lily O’Brien’s today employs 120 people at its Newbridge plant and generated revenues in excess of €30 million during 2016.
In January 2018, CCI agreed the sale of Lily O'Brien's to Colian Holdings SA, for €40 million on a debt-free, cash-free basis. Colian Holdings SA is listed on the Warsaw Stock Exchange (COL:WSE) and is a Polish producer and distributor of food products in the confectionery, culinary products and beverage sectors.