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Wednesday 16 January 2019

IPL Plastics hires three Canadian banks for market flotation

IPL chief executive Alan Walsh
IPL chief executive Alan Walsh
John Mulligan

John Mulligan

Irish plastics group IPL – formerly One51 - is continuing to advance plans for a €600m stock market debut, but is now focused on a single listing in Toronto.

It has already hired three Canadian banks to handle the initial public offering (IPO).

Releasing full-year results this morning, IPL Plastics said that its group revenue rose 36.2pc to €474.4m last year, while its profit was 9.3pc higher at €17.6m. Its earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA), jumped 46pc to €70.9m.

The company makes plastics for sectors such as car makers, pharma, construction and food companies. It employs 1,900 people across 14 production facilities in North America, the UK, China and Ireland.

Last month, IPL completed a corporate reorganisation that saw Canadian investment giant Caisse de depot et placement de Quebec (CDPQ), and Fonds de Solidarite des Travailleurs du Québec, swap their combined 33pc holding in IPL Inc for a total 22pc additional holding in One51.

The two investment entities will own a combined 41.5pc stake in IPL Plastics prior to an IPO.

Last year, billionaire businessman Dermot Desmond sold his 23pc stake in One51 to CDPQ.

“The group is now operating from 14 manufacturing plants across three continents with a clear long term strategy,” said IPL Plastics chief executive Alan Walsh.

“We continue to experience significant organic growth opportunities across our end markets, particularly in North America,” he said.

Mr Walsh added: “We have also made progress towards a possible IPO and Listing on the Toronto TSX later this year.”

However, IPL Plastics noted in its results that it’s “cognisant of elevated levels of global risk factors”, including the outlook for the UK economy as it prepares for Brexit.

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