Penta Capital-backed Esure to list on LSE


stock market_lrgPenta Capital-backed Esure has made official its plans to list on the London Stock Exchange to raise growth capital and tackle its pile of debt.

The UK-based car insurer plans to float half of the company to raise around £500m.

Only a week ago it was reported that Esure hired brokers Numis and Canaccord in connection with the prospective listing to add to its existing brokers Deutsche Bank and JPMorgan Cazenove.

The report said that no firm decision had been made at that time.

UK mid-market firm Penta Capital holds a 45 per cent stake in Esure via Tosca Penta Investments.

Esure is the fifth largest motor insurer in the UK with over 1.6m motor and home policyholders. It was established in 2000 by Peter Wood, founder of insurance group Direct Line, in a joint venture with UK bank Halifax.

In February 2010  Penta backed Wood and his team to complete the MBO of Esure from Lloyds Banking Group.

Tosca Penta Investments, a new single deal fund managed by Penta Capital, invested £190m in the all equity transaction.

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