Regent Assay is pleased to announce that it has acted as the exclusive financial advisor to FOLAN on its acquisition of Mainframe Communications. The acquisition of manufacturer Mainframe Communications sees the company enter the UK market through a well-known player already firmly established in the rapidly expanding fibre sector. Created in 1988 and owned until now by its founders, brothers Ian and Bill Carter, the company is known for its expertise in the design, assembly and distribution of passive optical equipment, solutions and connectivity for FTTx, industry, data centers and optical LAN. With certification from the main national operators, its solutions are acclaimed for their quality and design.

FOLAN and Mainframe Communications have much in common, their synergies extending from expanding the range of products and solutions they offer their respective clients to the financial and business capacity to create a more capillary network in the United Kingdom market. Their collaboration will thus provide a greater capacity to meet the needs of UK clients as well as the means to support them in the swift and innovative deployment of FTTx and Data networks throughout the UK.

By becoming the UK subsidiary of FOLAN, Mainframe Communications is set to accelerate its development and rapidly strengthen its teams. The acquisition will lead to an acceleration of the Group’s international operations, their contribution eventually increasing to 40% of its income, compared with 15% at present.

“By gaining a foothold in the UK through Mainframe Communications, which is well-known and fully embedded in the country, we are continuing our project to expand both the Group and FOLAN, strengthening the capacity of this national player and enabling it to seize the opportunities provided by the simmering fiber market in the UK,” comments Ludovic Robert, President and CEO of the parent company.

“We are very pleased with the Mainframe acquisition. Regent Assay demonstrated a clear understanding of our market and provided a comprehensive qualified list of all of the relevant participants in the UK fibre optic market. They provided an excellent, professional service to help us choose and acquire our preferred UK partner”

Bertrand Sarrere – Group CFO

This transaction demonstrates Regent Assay’s expertise and track record in the telecommunications and technology sectors.

The Regent Assay team comprised: James Calvert, Partner and Chris Taylor, Partner.

Regent Assay has over 30 years experience in advising companies across all sectors including Technology, Healthcare and Support Services, providing M&A services ranging from company sales and divestments, acquisitions, capital financing, advisory services and valuations.

Whether you are seeking to acquire a company, divest a division or sell your business, Regent Assay’s industry knowledge, experience and global reach will ensure that you achieve the best result.