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Thursday 02 July, 2020

Avon Rubber PLC

Agreement to divest milkrite | InterPuls

RNS Number : 8287R
Avon Rubber PLC
02 July 2020
 

2 July 2020

Avon Rubber p.l.c.

("Avon Rubber" or the "Group")

Agreement to divest milkrite | InterPuls

Avon Rubber is pleased to announce that it has signed an agreement to sell milkrite | InterPuls to DeLaval Holding BV ("DeLaval") for a cash consideration of £180 million on a cash and debt free basis.  The consideration is payable at completion and subject to customary adjustments.  

 

The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals, with completion expected to take place in the first quarter of our 2021 financial year.

 

Post tax and transaction costs, Avon Rubber expects to receive net proceeds before customary adjustments of circa £160 million. The Group has agreed with the trustees of its U.K. pension scheme to make a one-time contribution of £20 million to strengthen the scheme's funding position following completion. The remaining proceeds will be used to strengthen the Group's balance sheet as it continues to target value enhancing acquisitions to support the growth of its Avon Protection business.

 

milkrite | InterPuls is a global leader in providing complete milking point solutions to dairy farmers across the world with the aim of improving every farm it touches and has been a growing and profitable business for Avon Rubber over many years. In the financial year ending 30 September 2019, milkrite | InterPuls generated Revenue of £50.9 million, Adjusted EBITDA of £10.5 million and Statutory Operating Profit of £3.8 million. As at 31 March 2020, the book value of the gross assets subject to the transaction amounted to £50.1 million. milkrite | InterPuls is led by Craig Sage (Managing Director) and Andrew Porter (Finance Director), who will be transferring to DeLaval, along with all other milkrite | InterPuls employees.

 

milkrite | InterPuls will be treated as a discontinuing operation in our 2020 financial statements. As such, the results of milkrite | InterPuls up to the date of disposal will therefore be reported as a single line item in the consolidated statement of comprehensive income with the 2019 comparators restated on the same basis.

 

Commenting, Paul McDonald, Chief Executive Officer, said:

 

"This transaction represents an important step in the strategic development of Avon Rubber. milkrite | InterPuls has been an important part of the Group over many years. However, having achieved our valuation expectations, the Board believes the time is right to allow this business to grow and flourish under new ownership. We wish the whole milkrite | InterPuls team the very best for the future.

 

Following completion, we will be solely focused on our Avon Protection business, which is recognised as a global leader in respiratory and ballistic protection in Military and First Responder markets. The proceeds of the transaction will provide further funding capacity, enabling us to take advantage of acquisition opportunities to deliver significant strategic and financial value against our clear criteria and enhance our capabilities within our target markets."

 

Market Abuse Regulation

The information contained within this Announcement is deemed by the Company to constitute inside information for the purposes of Article 7 of the Market Abuse Regulation (EU) 596/2014. The person responsible for arranging the release of this announcement on behalf of the Company is Miles Ingrey-Counter, Company Secretary and General Counsel.

 

For further enquiries, please contact:

 

Avon Rubber p.l.c.

 

Paul McDonald, Chief Executive Officer

01225 896 848

Nick Keveth, Chief Financial Officer

 

Ryan Mahoney, Deputy Chief Financial Officer

 

 

 

Jefferies

 

Philip Noblet

0207 029 8000

Marc Potel

 

Paul Bundred

 

Max Jones

 

 

 

Peel Hunt

 

Mike Bell

020 7418 8900

 

 

MHP Communications

 

Andrew Jaques

0203 128 8570

Charlie Barker

 

Pete Lambie

Ailsa Prestige

 

 

Jefferies acted as sole financial advisor to Avon Rubber in relation to the transaction.

Jefferies International Limited ("Jefferies"), which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority in the United Kingdom, is acting exclusively for Avon Rubber and will not be responsible to anyone other than Avon Rubber for providing the protections afforded to clients of Jefferies nor for providing advice in relation to the disposal of milkrite | InterPuls. Neither Jefferies nor any of its affiliates owes or accepts any duty, liability or responsibility whatsoever (whether direct or indirect, whether in contract, in tort, under statute or otherwise) to any person who is not a client of Jefferies in connection with this announcement, any statement contained herein or otherwise.

 

Legal Entity Identifier: 213800JM1AN62REBWA71

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About Avon Rubber

Avon Rubber is an innovative technology group, which designs and produces specialist products and services to maximise the performance and capabilities of its customers. We specialise in life critical personal protection systems, as well as milking point solutions through our two businesses, Avon Protection and milkrite | InterPuls.

Avon Protection is a recognised global leader in respiratory and ballistic protection for the world's Militaries and First Responders.

milkrite | InterPuls is a global leader providing complete milking point solutions to dairy farmers across the world with the aim of improving every farm it touches.

For further information, please visit our website: www.avon-rubber.com.  

About DeLaval
DeLaval's vision is to make sustainable food production possible. As a company built on innovation, DeLaval constantly works to find ways of helping its customers, dairy farmers, do more with less by providing world-leading milking equipment and solutions.

 

Today, DeLaval has approximately 4,500 passionate professionals operating in more than 100 markets around the world. DeLaval is part of the Tetra Laval Group.

 

See more at www.delavalcorporate.com or www.delaval.com 


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