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Current Investments

Deutsche Prüfservice (DPS)

Deutsche Prüfservice GmbH (DPS) is an electrical testing and certification company near Düsseldorf in Germany. DPS is a fast growing B2B service company which was established in 2015 and has since grown to provide its service nationwide to a large number of blue-chip German companies. Its annual sales run rate has increased three-fold since Caphaven’s original investment and continues to grow at over 50% per annum.

The market for electrical testing services is growing rapidly due to an ever-increasing focus on corporate risk management and employee health and safety. DPS prides itself on providing a superior service, more sophisticated testing methodologies, and better data analytics helping customers minimise risks and reduce insurance cost. Competition is fragmented and there is a significant opportunity to participate in the consolidation of this market.

Caphaven is chairing the Board and supports the company with active strategic advice and operational support helping to introduce systems, processes, and management structures that can support a much larger company in the future. During the first two years of its investment Caphaven also provided the interim CFO to DPS.

Caphaven triggered its option to invest further equity tranches to allow the company to continue on its fast growth trajectory which will likely include acquisitions in the future.

Rezatec

Rezatec is a geospatial data analytics leader based in Oxfordshire. It applies big data analytics and AI to satellite image and radar data to produce high value solutions for customers in forestry, infrastructure, agricultural, and financial businesses. It was formed in 2012 to help businesses better manage their land-based assets, like forestry or agricultural land, making use of its unique landscape intelligence platform which aggregates large amounts of data from satellites, airborne and ground instruments. Rezatec then applies relevant modelling and mapping technology to provide critical decision support products for its customers.

These data products are available on a subscription basis through continually updated graphical web portals. They are sold by Rezatec’s direct sales force as well as through indirect partner sales channels. The company has a global customer base with a significant presence in Europe, North America and Asia. Rezatec plans to utilise its scalable system to gain a leading share in the fast-growing marketplace for satellite data analytics.

Caphaven chairs the Board of Directors and actively supports the CEO and his team strategically and operationally.

PlayMoreGolf

PlayMoreGolf (PMG) is the first independent multi-club flexible golf membership scheme particularly targeted towards younger and occasional players. PMG uses its technology to reduce the cost of club membership for golfers while increasing revenues for golf club operators. More than 200 golf courses and over 6,000 golf players in the UK currently are using the PMG flexible membership platform.

At the heart of the business is a sophisticated database and website that manages all member point balances and tee time bookings, making it easy for club members and keeping running cost and hassle for golf clubs to a minimum. Golfers typically buy 100 points for £325 and then use those points to play at their home and ‘abroad’ golf courses. They can get a handicap and play in competitions at their home club and can top up their points if they want to play more often.

Caphaven actively supports the PMG team’s strategy and operation at Board level.

Urban

Urban is a London based online and mobile marketplace for professional massage, facial, manicure, pedicure and osteopath treatments. Its therapists and practitioners are all screened, insured and certified. Urban enables users to book a spa quality treatment delivered to their home, office or hotel within 60 minutes via its web, IOS and Android apps.

The technology automatically dispatches therapists using its location, diary and logistics platform to ensure accurate ETA, automated job dispatch and efficiencies so that professionals are able to spend more time on treatments and travel less. Professional therapists on the platform typically earn significantly more than if employed at a spa and users pay high street rates with the convenience of at home service.

Urban is currently operating in London and Paris with plans to roll out into other UK and international locations.

Exited Investments

Dog Buddy

DogBuddy is the biggest online marketplace in Europe offering dog-sitting and walking services to dog owners. DogBuddy merged with Bibulu, the biggest market place in Spain and the combined company now operates in many European markets including the UK, Spain, Italy, France, Germany, Sweden, and Norway.

The company vets dog sitters and provides an online marketplace for dog owners to contract dog sitters and walkers. Dog sitters are rated and Dog Buddy is the easy to use platform for contacting sitters, making the on-line payment, and communicating between owners and sitters. It also offers insurance and emergency back-up services and takes a fee in return.

Caphaven chaired the Board of Directors and provided active added value support strategically and operationally.

In November 2018 DogBuddy was sold to Rover, the largest US dog boarding and dog walking market place for a consideration consisting of approximately one third cash and two thirds Rover shares. Based on the latest Rover valuation the partial exit represents a 2x return on the weighted investment made in DogBuddy with further upside potential in the Rover shares.

Mace Montessori Schools

Mace Montessori Schools was a chain of nursery schools in London. Mace opened its original school near Russell Square in 2005. Since then the business had grown to ten schools and had consistently acquired and maintained a strong reputation in its local areas for outstanding care for young children.

We invested in the business in 2012 and Caphaven joined the Board to facilitate a faster expansion of Mace and to introduce stronger systems, processes and management structures. Since then the business opened and acquired a series of new schools and more than quadrupled sales and EBITDA.

Caphaven actively helped develop Mace’s growth and acquisition strategy as well as its systems and operations.

In May 2018 Mace Montessori was sold to Busy Bees, the largest UK operator of nursery schools. The MoM multiple realised on the investment in Mace was approximately 9x.

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