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10 February 2021
Polypipe Group plc
Acquisition of ADEY
Polypipe Group plc (“Polypipe”, the “Company” or the “Group”), a leading provider of sustainable water and climate management solutions for the built environment, today announces that it has entered into an agreement to acquire London Topco Limited (“ADEY”) from mid-market private equity firm LDC and other existing ADEY shareholders (collectively, the “Sellers”) for a cash consideration of £210 million on a debt-free and cash-free basis (the “Acquisition”). ADEY is the UK’s leading provider of magnetic filters, chemicals and related products, which protect against magnetite and other performance issues in water-based heating systems and improve energy efficiency, operating in predominantly residential end markets.
The consideration will be funded via a combination of the Group’s existing debt facilities and the proceeds of an equity placing, representing c.8.2% of Polypipe’s issued share capital (the “Placing”). The Placing is being conducted through an underwritten accelerated bookbuilding process which will be launched immediately following release of this Announcement.
· Acquisition of the UK market leader in solutions used to protect water-based heating systems, with a strong track record of growth, profitability and successful cash flow generation
· Strong strategic fit, broadening Polypipe’s UK residential offering in sustainable water and climate management, with premium, high value-added solutions
· Broadens and strengthens existing relationships with key end-users (housing developers and plumbing and heating installers) and routes to market (merchants and specialist distributors)
· Significant growth opportunities across the combined business, driven by environmental and regulatory tailwinds, consistent with Polypipe’s strategic focus on segments that provide above-market growth rates
· Complements Polypipe’s focus on opportunities consistent with ESG and sustainability objectives
· ADEY’s existing management team, with whom there is a strong cultural fit, will remain with the business
· Consideration of £210 million1 on a cash-free and debt-free basis, equivalent to 11.8x 2020E EV/EBITDA2
· Expected to be double-digit EPS accretive in the first full year of ownership
· ROIC expected to be in line with Polypipe’s WACC in the second full year of ownership
Commenting on the Acquisition, Martin Payne, Polypipe Chief Executive Officer, said:
“We are delighted to announce the acquisition of ADEY. Polypipe’s strategy is to grow both organically and through carefully selected value-enhancing acquisitions, with a particular focus on sustainability and sectors within climate and water management. ADEY is a pioneer and market leader in the residential heating protection market, one of the fastest growing segments of the UK construction market, underpinned by a shift towards more energy-efficient heating systems and regulatory tailwinds. Like Polypipe, it has a strong track record of innovation and new product development, with the Acquisition strengthening the proposition for our customers and accelerating Polypipe’s growth. We welcome ADEY’s management and employees and look forward to working with them over the coming years.”
Also commenting on the Acquisition, Matthew Webber, ADEY Chief Executive Officer, said:
“We are excited to be joining Polypipe and by the growth opportunities ahead. The companies share a similar culture and philosophy, focused on delivering sustainable water and climate management solutions. The combined business will allow us better to serve our customers, which will continue to be the foundation for our future success.”
The ADEY Business
Established in 2003 and based in Gloucester, UK, ADEY is a leading provider of magnetic filters, chemicals and related products, which protect against magnetite and other performance issues in water-based heating systems, improve energy efficiency and extend boiler life, operating in predominantly residential end markets. ADEY also provides advanced water testing services from its UKAS-accredited laboratories.
ADEY has a proven track record of delivering growth ahead of the underlying UK construction market. In the year ended 31 December 2020, ADEY reported (unaudited) revenue of £51 million and Underlying EBITDA3 of £18 million. Despite the disruption to operations caused by COVID-19, ADEY delivered c.5% net revenue growth in the year ended 31 December 2020. ADEY has achieved net revenue of 7% CAGR over the past three financial years and an average EBITDA margin of 33% over the same period, which is best in class when compared to ADEY’s main competitors. ADEY averaged cash flow conversion4 of c.80% over the past three financial years.
The Acquisition is in line with Polypipe’s strategy of broadening its market reach in climate management and water management. Similar to the recent acquisition of Nu-Heat announced on 2 February 2021, the ADEY business is also consistent with Polypipe’s focus on low or zero carbon heating as a growth driver and allows the Group to leverage its existing capabilities to support growth. The ADEY business is a market leading manufacturer of filters, chemicals and related products used to protect water solutions in the UK, with 70% market share of the residential filter market. ADEY is well-positioned to benefit from the future development of heating technologies as the UK government works towards its sustainability agenda to reach net zero carbon footprint by 2050. The residential boiler protection market is one of the fastest growing segments of the UK construction market, driven by a shift towards more energy-efficient boilers. Amendments to Part L of the Building Regulations, which is expected to be implemented by 2022, and the Benchmark Scheme is set to drive greater adoption of filters and chemicals by installers. Approximately 75% of UK heating systems are not adequately protected by a filter. ADEY is complementary to Polypipe’s existing market-leading positions and capabilities in the UK, with largely common end-users (housing developers and plumbing and heating installers) and routes to market (merchants and specialist distributors). ADEY is UK-focused, deriving 90% of its revenue from its UK operations, with international growth opportunities into geographies witnessing similar growth drivers to the UK. ADEY will be reported as part of the Residential Systems division and will continue to be led by the existing, highly experienced management team. There are potential opportunities for ADEY’s technology to be combined with Polypipe’s broader product offering, including with the recently acquired Nu-Heat business.
Terms of Transaction
The total consideration of £210 million on a cash-free and debt-free, normalised working capital basis is for the entire share capital of London Topco Limited. The transaction will be funded by a combination of existing debt facilities and the proceeds of an equity placing. The transaction was signed and completed on the same day. It is expected that following the successful completion of the Placing, pro-forma 2021 year end leverage will be below 1.5x.
The Company expects the Acquisition to result in double-digit accretion to earnings per share in the first full year of ownership and achieve returns in line with Polypipe’s cost of capital in the second full year of ownership. This statement is not meant or intended to be a profit forecast and should not be interpreted to mean that the earnings per share of Polypipe following completion of the Acquisition will necessarily be above or below the historical published earnings per share.
The Acquisition constitutes a Class 2 transaction pursuant to the UK Listing Rules. For the purposes of the LR 10.4.1 R (Notification of class 2 transactions), the value of the gross assets of ADEY was £130.4 million at 31 December 2020.
1. Based on locked-box accounts at 30 September 2020
2. Based on unaudited management accounts
3. Underlying EBITDA is operating profit from continuing operations before exceptional items, intangibles, amortisation and depreciation
4. Defined as (Underlying EBITDA – capex) / Underlying EBITDA
Polypipe will hold a webcast presentation for investors and analysts at 08.30am (GMT) on Thursday 11 February 2021. Please access the presentation on the below link.
Webcast URL: https://www.investis-live.com/polypipe/6021516f9a13881000b925dd/pdre
We recommend you register by 08.15am (GMT). Details of the conference call dial-in numbers for questions and answers will be given at the end of the webcast presentation.
The presentation is also available on the Reports, results and presentations page on Polypipe’s website at http://investors.polypipe.com/.
Martin Payne, Chief Executive Officer
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Notes to Editors
Polypipe Group plc (“Polypipe”, the “Company” or the “Group”), a leading provider of sustainable water and climate management solutions for the built environment, is the largest manufacturer in the UK, and among the ten largest manufacturers in Europe, of plastic piping systems for the residential, commercial, civil and infrastructure sectors by revenue. It is also a leading designer and manufacturer of energy efficient ventilation systems in the UK.
The Group operates from 19 facilities in total and with over 20,000 product lines, manufactures the UK’s widest range of plastic piping systems for heating, plumbing, drainage and ventilation. The Group primarily targets the UK and European building and construction markets, has a presence in Italy, the Netherlands and the Middle East and also sells its products to specific niche markets in the rest of the world.