Creating a pensions market leader. Transforming Xafinity into a standalone business
Xafinity is a leading UK mid-market pensions consultancy specialising in advising the trustees of UK defined benefit (DB) pension schemes. In 2013, Xafinity was a non-core division of the much larger Equiniti Group. As part of a strategy to refocus on its core Business Process Services offering, Equiniti was seeking to divest Xafinity. This presented the opportunity to back a business which CBPE felt would flourish under independent ownership and which was well placed to capitalise on the continued evolution of the employee benefits sector in the UK.
The separation from Equiniti was completed on time and on budget in early 2014. CBPE oversaw the development and enhancement of the management team, involving an orderly and consensual management succession and the appointment of several senior executives including Ben Bramhall and Paul Cuff as co-CEOs, Jonathan Bernstein as Senior Actuary and Mike Ainslie as CFO. The business had an entirely new Board by the time of the IPO in February 2017. In addition, we introduced equity participation schemes to incentivise the wider team.
Working closely with the management team, we developed and executed a strategic plan which enabled Xafinity to become the market leading provider of advice to help DB schemes de-risk their pension obligations. Significant investment into technology and infrastructure allowed Xafinity to successfully establish itself as a true challenger to the “big three” in the actuarial sector.
Xafinity plc listed on the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange on 16 Feb 2017, at an Enterprise Value of £220m. Strong investor demand allowed us to divest all our shareholding at the time of the listing, generating a return on our investment of 4.3x at an IRR of 65%.
We would like to thank CBPE Capital for its key role in building the business over the last four years, providing invaluable support and investment which has contributed to Xafinity’s success as a standalone business.
Date of investmentFebruary 2013
Exit dateFebruary 2017
Multiple of Capital4.3x
Senior management hires
Enterprise Value at Exit