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Marshalls PLC Acquire CPM Group Limited for £38.3m.

Marshalls plc (LON:MSLH), a leading hard landscaping manufacturer, announced today the acquisition of CPM Group Limited (“CPM”), a pre-cast concrete manufacturer specialising in underground water management solutions, for a total cash consideration of £38.3m.

Commenting on the transaction, Martyn Coffey, Chief Executive of Marshalls, said: “Marshalls’ 2020 Strategy is to grow both organically and through carefully selected earnings enhancing bolt-on acquisitions with a particular focus on the identified growth areas of water management, security and mineral products. The acquisition of CPM represents a significant step towards achieving one of our strategic goals. CPM is a profitable business with a strong track record of quality and service, primarily targeting Public Sector and Commercial end users and the acquisition will expand Marshalls’ product range into below ground drainage. We expect the business to trade, initially as Marshalls CPM, within the wider Marshalls Group.”

Background

Marshalls manufactures and distributes hard landscaping products (concrete and natural stone paving), minerals including aggregates, ready mix mortar and street furniture. In the year ended 31 December 2016 the Group reported revenue of £396.9m and profit before tax of £46.0m. It has manufacturing sites in the UK and Belgium, and overseas offices in the US, Dubai and China. It employs around 2,200 people.

CPM was established in 2004 and reported revenue of £51.2m and profit before tax of £4.6m in the financial year ended 31 December 2016. It operates from two manufacturing sites at Mells, in Somerset, and Pollington, near Goole in East Yorkshire, with ancillary offices in the Midlands and Scotland, employing around 350 people. CPM manufactures and sells concrete pipes, containment and inspection chambers, manhole covers, retaining walls and other bespoke industrial concrete products for the construction sector, including new housebuilding and major infrastructure projects such as Hinkley Point A, HS2 and A14 Cambridge. CPM reported gross assets of £33.0m as at 31 December 2016.

The Transaction

Under the terms of the acquisition, Marshalls Mono Limited (a wholly owned subsidiary of Marshalls plc) has agreed to acquire 100% of the issued share capital of CPM Group Limited. The selling shareholders comprise the former directors of CPM Group Limited and/or the trustees of their family pension schemes. The consideration for the shares is £38.3m payable in cash, subject to any adjustment for specified changes in working capital. The acquisition will be funded from existing Group facilities.

The acquisition of CPM is expected to be earnings enhancing in its first full year after completion.

Mike Stacey, former Managing Director of CPM, will remain with the business and will join Marshalls’ senior management team, reporting to Martyn Coffey.

The information contained within this Announcement is deemed by the Group to constitute inside information as stipulated under the Market Abuse Regulation. Upon the publication of this Announcement via a regulatory information service, this inside information is now considered to be in the public domain.

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