Tekton Group, the UK’s fastest growing construction software specialist, has been sold to Sage (UK) Ltd for £21 million.
Inflexion Private Equity, the mid-market private equity investor, held a 40 per cent stake in the group, which it acquired after investing £4.6 million in December 2006. Richard Beaton, Tekton’s CEO, held a 40 per cent stake, with the remaining shares held by staff and YFM Private Equity, who had backed Beaton in a previous buy-out. Clearwater International was Tekton’s lead advisers on the deal, with Halliwells and DTE providing specialist legal and tax advice respectively.
Tekton, which employs over 90 people, is based in Manchester with offices in Livingston, Barton-Under-Needwood in Staffordshire, and Farnham in Surrey. Its software solutions – Intuita, EVision, CIT, SiteStream, SPACE and ProjectPro – cover the whole construction lifecycle. Customers include civil engineers, builders and developers, maintenance and other contractors. Tekton was formed in 2005 by entrepreneur Richard Beaton with the management buy-out of Intuita Limited and the simultaneous acquisition of EVision. It went on to acquire Construction Information Technologies (CIT) in June 2006 and SiteStream Software in December 2006 at the same time as its acquisition by Inflexion.
Richard Beaton, Tekton’s CEO, is a serial entrepreneur who has bought and sold over 20 software businesses during his career. Since the acquisition by Inflexion, the management team led by Beaton has invested heavily in the company’s infrastructure, consolidated its operations and expanded its sales force. Employee numbers have increased by over 60 per cent as a result of organic and acquisitive growth. The company plans to continue its expansion, aiming for a 70 per cent market share within the UK construction sector.