Grant Thornton advises Contact Solar Contact Solar has been sold to EDF Energy

February 2024
Contact Solar
Adviser to Contact Solar on their sale to EDF Energy
Grant Thornton team
  • Usman Malik
    Usman Malik
    Head of Business services, Corporate Finance Advisory
Sell side
Corporate finance

We are delighted to have advised Contact Solar on their sale to EDF Energy

Contact Solar is a, North-West based business with over a decade of experience in domestic solar panel and battery storage installation services. The business had achieved exponential growth in the six years prior to completion underpinned by a certified ‘Excellent’ 4.9 rating on Trustpilot, to become a leading UK player in the domestic solar market by project volume.

Our initial mandate was to advise the shareholders on an existing offer and support them in upscaling their position. However, given our assessment that the offer was undervalued, we recommended against accepting it and embarked on a full market process, utilizing our extensive sector-specific knowledge and network.

Our team worked closely with Management to create the optimal process that balanced speed of transaction with maximising shareholder returns. A hands-on approach in respect of data collection and meeting preparation was also taken to guide Management through the rigours of a transaction process.

Despite multiple offers, EDF was chosen as the ideal home for Contact Solar linked to EDF’s deliverability underpinned by their history of completing transactions, commitment to Net Zero and significant consumer exposure. Our involved approach and deal expertise ensured we could navigate a 10 week exclusivity period that ultimately delivered a deal that exceeded shareholder’s valuation expectations. 

We are delighted with the outcome of the sales process which would have been impossible without the dedicated advice from Usman, George and Harry. Their hands on approach ensured that we were well informed and prepared for each step of the transaction journey.
Adam Swarbrick CEO, Contact Solar