MKM is the UK’s largest independent builders’ merchant, with 47 branches across England and Scotland.

Investment type
  • Secondary buyout
Exit type
  • Private equity sale
Exit date

March 2017

LDC Team
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Private equity can bring a new dimension to a business in two ways. One is through funding, which helps to provide the cash to grow the business, and secondly in areas of expertise where a business like ours could be lacking.”

David Kilburn, Co-Founder
MKM Building Supplies

Long-term partnership

In February 2017, 3i and LDC sold their stakes in MKM Building Supplies to Bain Capital.

During LDC’s 11-year partnership, MKM developed from being regional to a national player, expanding to 47 branches across the country.

Through superior service and category expansion, the business generated revenues in excess of £248m and employed more than 1,100 people at the time of exit in 2016.

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LDC are invested in multi-sector businesses where they can bring significant experience to the table when we need it. It’s very much a partnership.”

David Kilburn, Co-Founder
MKM Building Supplies


Builders’ Merchants Awards for Excellence


Exit of the Year

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