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Tue 14th Sep 2021 - Gail’s Bakery owner set to receive ‘substantial’ investment from Bain Credit Capital
Gail’s Bakery owner set to receive ‘substantial’ investment from Bain Capital Credit: Bread Holdings, the parent company of Gail’s Bakery, is set to receive a “substantial” investment from Bain Capital Credit. Propel understands Bain Credit Capital is taking a controlling stake in the business alongside Ebitda Investments, a fund set up by two industry entrepreneurs to buy companies in the food sector and they will continue to back the existing management team. It is thought a deal could be concluded later today (Tuesday, 14 September). According to Sky News the deal is thought to be worth about £200m. Propel understands the deal will see Luke Johnson retain a shareholding in the business of about 15%. Bain was one of a number of private equity bidders for Bread Holdings with chief executive Tom Molnar previously telling Propel there had been “strong interest” in the business. The deal follows a sharp sales rebound at Gail's despite the pandemic's impact on the UK restaurant sector. Revenue for the current financial year is expected to exceed pre-pandemic levels and profitability to hit a record in the 12 months to February 2022. Molnar previously told Propel that Gail’s was looking for a new investment partner to help drive it forward. Molnar said it was not a “sales process” – but an opportunity to “reset the investor group”. Gail's now trades from 72 outlets, with plans to open dozens more sites – taking the total to more than 100 – during the next three years. Gail’s is set to extend its footprint in London with sites in Finsbury Park and Paddington while the business has also secured premises in Cobham in Surrey. Johnson's Risk Capital Partners holds a big stake in Bread Holdings, alongside management team members including Molnar. Gail’s was founded in Hampstead, north London, in 2005 and is run by Molnar and managing director Marta Pogroszewska. The business is named after Gail Mejia, who was a supplier of premium bread to restaurants. Johnson invested in the company in 2011.


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