Saturday 19 August 2017

Grafton Group acquire Isero in €90m deal

Chief Executive Gavin Stark
Chief Executive Gavin Stark
Michael Cogley

Michael Cogley

Grafton Group, an Irish and UK-based builders merchant business, has agreed to acquire Dutch specialist tool distributor, Isero BV, in a deal worth €91.5m.

Isero, which trades from 38 branches under the Gerritse, Breur Ceintuurbaan and Van der Winkel brands, is being acquired from H2 Equity Partners, the majority shareholder, private individuals and management who have a small shareholding.

The purchase consideration of €91.5 million, including the refinancing of assumed debt, is payable in cash on completion. Isero generated revenue of €94 million and reported adjusted EBITDA of €10.0 million and adjusted operating profit of €8.8 million for the year to 30 June 2015.

The acquisition is subject to consultation with the Works Council, a customary condition of completing a transaction of this nature in the Netherlands, and is expected to complete before the year-end.

Speaking about the transaction chief executive officer of Grafton Group, Gavin Slark, said that there Isero is being acquired at an early stage and that there are significant opportunities for the company.

"The acquisition of Isero will give Grafton a presence in the Netherlands for the first time and strengthen its branch footprint in the mainland European market. 

"Isero is being acquired at an early stage in the recovery of the Netherlands economy and there are excellent opportunities for the organic and acquisitive expansion of the business.  Isero's business model supports Grafton's core values.  It has a strong management team and customer centric culture with a focus on value added services and high stock availability.  Isero's small store format will broaden the Group's merchanting capabilities and we are excited at the prospect of working with the Isero team," Mr Slark said.

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