18th January 2021

Pemberton supports CapVest’s acquisition of Inspired Pet Nutrition


Pemberton, a leading European private debt manager transforming traditional credit markets, backed by one of Europe’s largest insurers, Legal & General Group PLC, has provided financing alongside Partners Group to support CapVest’s acquisition of Inspired Pet Nutrition (IPN), a leading FMCG pet food company based in Thirsk, North Yorkshire, in the United Kingdom.

Founded in 1923, IPN has grown into the leading independent pet food company in the United Kingdom, providing premium, natural products at an affordable price point. The company owns two of the top three dry dog food brands in the UK, Harringtons and Wagg, and has a strong private label offering supplying leading pet specialist retailers and grocers.

IPN has an outstanding track record of sales growth over the last 20 years and has increased its market share in recent years. The company has a strong focus on sustainability and is the UK’s first carbon-negative pet food manufacturer of scale.

Pemberton supported CapVest’s acquisition of IPN through its Mid-Market and Strategic Credit strategies.

IPN’s brands are leaders in a highly resilient sector and are ideally positioned to benefit from the trend towards more natural products. The financing structure, which utilises several different capabilities across Pemberton’s family of strategies, is an example of our ability to deliver an innovative and tailored financing solution. We look forward to supporting the company as it pursues its growth strategy both organically and via acquisitions, and we are delighted to be backing CapVest again, a core relationship sponsor with deep sector expertise.

– Richard Meehan, Managing Director, Origination at Pemberton

We believe IPN is a great company with highly attractive expansion opportunities in the resilient and growing natural pet food segment. We are excited to partner with Pemberton, a key financing relationship, who working on a tight time frame alongside us has been instrumental in providing a tailored financing solution that supports our strong growth ambitions for the business.

– Kristian Nikinmaa, Principal at CapVest

About the author

Richard Meehan

Managing Director, Origination