Completion of Acquisition of Hayward Tyler Group plc Admission of the Enlarged Share Capital to trading on AIM
Avingtrans plc is pleased to announce the completion of the acquisition of Hayward Tyler Group plc (HTG) and the admission of the enlarged share capital to trading on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange today (“Admission”).
Highlights of the Acquisition
• The Group’s objective is to be a leading world-class supplier of low volume and consistently high quality products to the energy and medical markets
• The Group has a strong balance sheet with low levels of net debt and the headroom to pursue major growth opportunities, both organically and by acquisition
• The Group’s subsidiaries enjoy leadership positions in their respective energy market sectors, particularly in the nuclear industry
• In the power sector, HTG’s core business will benefit from the increased scale and strengthened balance sheet of the Group, with targeted investment supporting an accelerated drive towards niche leadership
• Maloney Metalcraft Ltd, Peter Brotherhood Ltd and Hayward Tyler Ltd have long pedigrees in the oil and gas market and the Group will be better able to win new business and enhance its position in the market
• The enhanced scale of the business will enable the enlarged Group to achieve critical mass and make inroads into the Chinese nuclear energy market
Strategy for the Group.
The stated strategy is to “buy and build” in regulated engineering niche markets to deliver superior shareholder returns over the medium to long term.
The primary focus in the short term will be the full integration of HTG’s operations to build a leading world-class supplier of low volume and consistently high quality products to the energy and medical markets, with a reputation for punctual, on-budget delivery.
The Group has production facilities in three key geographical markets (the Americas, Asia and Europe) with high volume / lower cost facilities in Asia, and product development and realisation in the UK and the USA. Avingtrans intends to exploit its expanded global footprint by driving sales and strengthening existing relationships and, by consolidating complementary business units, will offer a broader range of products and services; complete end-to-end solutions in energy and medical fields including service and operational support through the lifecycle of the product. This enhanced range of offerings and multiple touch points should also enable the Group to target a broader range of customers.
The Group will be formed of two divisions, Energy and Medical:
The primary focus for the Energy Division is the nuclear market; decommissioning, life extension and “new nuclear” markets – in particular, nuclear waste storage containers – as well as a variety of other niches in the renewable energy sector. The Group will continue to build on HTG’s strong footprint in the wider power and energy sectors: the provision of traditional power generation, motor solutions, steam turbines, combined heat and power units and gas to power units. It will operate in various sectors with a principal focus on the power, oil and gas, marine, water and industrial sectors.
UK nuclear decommissioning represents a very significant opportunity for the Group and it will use its strong combination of skills to create a first-rate manufacturing platform and build on its established trajectory for decommissioning products. Metalcraft has already won a 10-year contract valued at £47m with Sellafield (and the recent £11m, three-year extension) for the provision of waste storage containers. Thus the combination of the Metalcraft capability and market penetration, coupled with the pedigree of HTG across the global nuclear sector (with its installed base in the US, Sweden, Finland and South Korea) provides a powerful platform.
The key focus for the Medical division is to become the market leader in the production of high integrity components and systems for medical and scientific equipment manufacturers in specific niche markets, including for MRI derivatives, proton therapy and NMR. The Board will also consider strategic bolt-on acquisitions to enhance the offering of this division with service and technology development capabilities.
In connection with the acquisition, Ewan Lloyd-Baker, who stepped down as CEO of HTG prior to Admission, has been appointed to the board of the Company as non-executive director with immediate effect. Ewan has been involved in the manufacturing industry for over 25 years and was appointed as chief executive officer of HTG in 2010 upon completion of the acquisition by HTG of Southbank UK Plc, a company of which Ewan was CEO. During his tenure at HTG he led the expansion and development of HTG group through the building of its Luton based Centre of Excellence, the acquisition of Peter Brotherhood Limited and the winning of numerous industry awards including the Queen’s Award for Enterprise: International Trade in 2016.
Further information is disclosed below in connection with Schedule 2 paragraph (g) of the AIM Rules for Companies.
Total Voting Rights
The Company has a total of 30,704,636 Ordinary Shares in issue. Avingtrans does not hold any Ordinary Shares in treasury and therefore the total number of voting rights in Avingtrans is 30,704,636. This figure of 30,704,636 may be used by shareholders as the denominator for the calculations by which they will determine if they are required to notify their interest in, or a change to their interest in, Avingtrans under the FCA’s Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules.
Roger McDowell, Chairman of Avingtrans, commented: “The acquisition of Hayward Tyler is a significant step for Avingtrans and represents the next stage in the Group’s stated strategy to “buy and build” in regulated and niche engineering markets.”
“The Board sees significant operational and financial benefits arising from the combination of the businesses and believes that Hayward Tyler and Peter Brotherhood will substantially augment the market position of the Energy business, which, together with the Medical division, will increase shareholder value.”