EQT Credit, through its Mid-Market Credit investment strategy, is pleased to confirm its support for Veritas Petroleum Services (“VPS” or the “Company”) with the commitment of a USD 95 million senior secured facility to refinance existing debt and a committed acquisition facility to back the Company’s future growth plans.
Carved out from DNV and owned by IK Investment Partners, VPS is the leading provider of marine fuel testing and bunker quantity surveys, with broad global coverage via five laboratories.
Andrew Cleland-Bogle, Director in EQT Partners’ Credit team and Investment Advisor to EQT Mid-Market Credit, commented: “VPS is the largest marine fuel testing provider globally. EQT Credit was particularly attracted by the Company’s exceptional quality offering and impressive track record of profitability that IK and the management team have achieved. We would like to thank EQT’s Industrial Advisors who, as former senior executives in the testing, inspection and certification sector, provided key support and insight to the EQT Credit deal team throughout the due diligence process.”
Paul Johnson, Partner in EQT Partners’ Credit team and Investment Advisor to EQT Mid-Market Credit, added: “VPS offers market-leading technical advice to the shipping industry and is a well-placed consolidator within its industries. EQT Credit looks forward to supporting VPS and its management team as the Company continues to execute on plans for acquisitions and expansion under IK’s ownership.”
Paul Johnson, Partner at EQT Partners, Investment Advisor to EQT Mid-Market Credit, +44 203 372 9424
Andrew Cleland-Bogle, Director at EQT Partners, Investment Advisor to EQT Mid-Market Credit, +44 208 432 5420
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