Caffè Nero founder and chief executive Gerry Ford has agreed the management buyout of the 282-strong coffee shop chain.
The new owner is with Rome Holdco, which was set up for the purposes of the deal by Ford. The sale represents a 15.1 multiple on earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation and values the group at 270p per share.
Ford, who hopes the move private will squeeze extra value out of the business, said: "I believe the next stage of the company's development will be best achieved in the private arena as we continue our expansion plan going forward."
By Tom Bill
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