Stanley Capital Partners (SCP) has announced the launch of SCP Digital, a market-leading intelligent automation, and Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology consultancy. The move comes after significant investment as the General Partner to build in-house capability, seeded with its existing S-Labs platform. SCP Digital will operate independently from SCP and offer its services to SCP portfolio and non-SCP companies.
SCP’s further investment into SCP Digital represents a decisive step to establishing a genuinely global market-leading AI, pure-play digital/automation, and transformational consultancy. SCP Digital has a team of more than 85 professionals operating across the EU, US, and LATAM. It is led by a highly experienced management team who have worked together for over 20 years, serving an extensive blue-chip client list, including Telefonica, VW, and Williams Lea, among other leading names.
The significance of SCP Digital
SCP Digital will create significant and sustainable competitive digital advantages for SCP’s investments, from the initial diligence stage to assessment post-acquisition and, ultimately, the implementation of transformational growth plans. SCP Digital is already generating a system-wide, perpetuating impact across the entire portfolio, helping to take portfolio companies from “good to great.”
Its value-add was first validated through SCP’s 2022 exit of Noden Pharma for an outstanding 6.7x/151% IRR (gross). Noden was acquired in September 2020 with SCP Digital’s support with a strategy to consolidate the mature-product Speciality Pharma marketplace. This strong return adds to SCP’s total investment track record of 3.3x MOIC/85% IRR across 27 deals with ~$4.1bn equity invested.
SCP Digital’s capabilities have enabled SCP to rapidly complete five bolt-on acquisitions for the businesses it invested in, enabling Qinecsa to become a technology-enabled pharmacovigilance company and Laboratoire X.O. to internationalize its Speciality Pharma platform. SCP Digital was used to identify attractive relative value in these growth assets and supports Stanley’s ability to buy well in what is widely regarded as desirable growth markets.
For SCP, SCP Digital is a game-changing opportunity both through accelerating the transformation of its portfolio companies and its growth. This represents an exciting start to 2023 for SCP, and it has a robust platform and pipeline for further development, targeting an existing $3bn pipeline of potential deal activity.
The impact of SCP Digital on Stanley Capital Partners
James Brooks, Founding Partner at Stanley Capital Partners, added that SCP Digital would help the company deliver on the opportunities offered by the accelerating use of AI and automation in business today. SCP is delighted to be ahead of the broader industry adoption curve, and it looks forward to the outlook for SCP Digital, both in its development as a strategic part of SCP. It offers the sustainable strategic advantage of existing and future portfolio companies.
SCP Digital’s key technologies are intelligent automation and AI. Intelligent automation combines artificial intelligence and automation technologies, such as robotic process automation (RPA), to automate and optimize business processes. Intelligent automation can automate repetitive and manual tasks, freeing employees’ time to focus on more complex and higher-value tasks.
AI involves the development of computer programs that can perform tasks that typically require human intelligence, such as perception, reasoning, and decision-making. SCP Digital’s AI technology will provide insights and recommendations to SCP’s portfolio companies, enabling them to make better-informed decisions and drive business growth.
In conclusion, SCP Digital is a significant move for Stanley Capital Partners in establishing a global market-leading AI, pure-play digital/automation, and transformational consultancy. The investment in SCP Digital represents a decisive step forward in SCP’s goal to create significant and sustainable competitive digital advantages for its assets, from the initial diligence stage to assessment post-acquisition