Distributor of specialty gases to the refrigeration sector and insulation foam industries

Wales & South West
Date of investment
February 2007
Exit date
April 2011
GCP team members
Contributing Sustainable Development Goals


Our investment partnership with A-Gas began in February 2007. They are an independent global blender, re-packer and distributor of specialist gases to the refrigeration and insulation foam industries. They are focused on environmentally acceptable replacement products for chlorofluorocarbon (CFC / HCFC) gases and liquids.

Our investment was behind a strong management team who had built a global business that dominates its chosen markets with high barriers to entry. Environmental initiatives at a government policy level drove a lot of demand for A-Gas’s core products and services.  The deal dynamics gave an opportunity for the next tier of management to participate in the equity of a fast growing business, whilst maintaining the strategic expertise and entrepreneurial flair of the founder, John Rutley

In April 2011 we led on the exit process of A-Gas to a financial buyer in a tertiary buyout and were actively involved in the strategic direction of the business.

Delivering the best outcomes

• Ensured that there was a management succession plan in place for the next stage of their growth

Funding for growth

• Provided management with a flexible funding structure to enable them to take the business onto the next stage of development

Driving Growth

• Supported the strategic positioning of the business through developing new international markets and continuing to anticipate the worldwide regulatory changes that drive demand
• Supported investment in new technology to develop a hydrocarbon recycling facility, boosting profitability and reducing emissions

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