RNS Number : 8933A
Trifast PLC
01 October 2015








Trifast plc

("Trifast", "TR" or the "Company")


Acquisition of Kuhlmann extends TR's European presence into the German market



London: Thursday, 1 October 2015: International industrial fastenings group, Trifast is pleased to announce that it is extending its European presence through the acquisition of industrial distributor Kuhlmann Befestigungselemente GmbH & Co. KG Germany ("Kuhlmann").


Under the terms of the acquisition, Trifast has acquired Kuhlmann for a total consideration of €8.50 million (£6.16m).  The initial amount of €6.76 million (£4.90m) was paid on completion in cash and €0.04 million (£0.03m) was satisfied by the allotment of 29,350 ordinary shares in the Company.  Consideration of €1.70 million (£1.23m) will be deferred for 12 months and is to serve as a retention against which any potential warranty and indemnity claims will be offset.  The cash consideration will be met from the Company's existing bank facilities.


Trifast will be investing into Kuhlmann to further develop the opportunities in the German market and expects the acquisition of Kuhlmann to be earnings enhancing in the first full year of ownership.


Overview of Kuhlmann

Based in Verl, close to Bielefeld, Germany, Kuhlmann was founded in 1996 and employs 18 staff.  It is a well-respected highly efficient distributor of industrial fastenings within the domestic German market.  Its emphasis is on delivering high quality products and services to its well-established longstanding customer base in the principal sectors of machinery and plant engineering, sheet metal processing and industrial.  Kuhlmann's management team and previous owners, Frank Niggebrügge, Eric Hütter and Peter Henning will continue to run the business with the support of the operational management team and staff who will remain within the business.


For the year ended 31 December 2014, Kuhlmann reported revenue of €6.70 million (£4.86m) and profit before tax of €1.74 million (£1.26m).  Gross assets at the same date were €1.43 million (£1.04m).


Background to and reasons for the Acquisition

Germany is the fourth largest industrial fastener market globally and the biggest in Europe.  Over the last five years TR has successfully developed its export business and last year sales into Germany contributed around £7.00 million.  To further enhance TR's reputation and presence in this important market the Directors consider it strategically beneficial to establish a strong domestic distribution and logistics facility managed by local German speaking industrial fastener professionals.


Kuhlmann has a highly experienced and motivated team with excellent technical know-how and knowledge which will enable the Group to drive its core growth strategy of growing its multi-national OEM base.


Commenting on the German expansion, Malcolm Diamond MBE, Executive Chairman said:

"As investors know, we have a strong philosophy when it comes to acquiring businesses - profitable businesses, in our key sectors, backed up by respected and experienced management.  Kuhlmann provides just this and the base from which to grow our presence and sales into the largest manufacturing country in the EU region.  Everyone at TR looks forward to working with the Kuhlmann team to achieve this objective."


Trifast's Chief Executive, Mark Belton added:

"This is a very positive step for both TR and Kuhlmann and we welcome everyone into the Trifast family.  Having already built a close trading relationship between our two businesses and respective management teams, we are now establishing a strong local presence and a base for what we see as an exciting opportunity for both TR and Kuhlmann.  We are confident that combining local knowledge and culture with increased technical expertise, in what is the largest industrial market in Europe, will enable us to leverage the Group's existing business and open up additional opportunities for further growth, both locally and internationally.


Frank Niggebrügge at Kuhlmann commented:

"We have known the TR team for a number of years and we have mutual respect for each other's business.  The opportunity for Kuhlmann to become part of an international business opens up new markets and opportunities as well as us being able to benefit from the international manufacturing, sourcing and purchasing resources, and worldwide marketing capabilities that the Trifast Group has to offer.  We look forward to working with the Trifast team and exchanging ideas and initiatives."


Application will be made for admission of 29,350 new ordinary shares of 5p each in the Company to the Official List of the Financial Conduct Authority and to trading on the London Stock Exchange's main market for listed securities ("Admission").  It is expected that Admission will become effective at 08:00 am on 7 October 2015.


Enquiries please contact:


Trifast plc

Malcolm Diamond MBE, Executive Chairman

Mobile: 44 (0) 7979 518493 (MMD)

Mark Belton, Chief Executive Officer

Office: 44 (0) 1825 747630

Email: corporate.enquiries@trifast.com



TooleyStreet Communications

IR & media relations

Fiona Tooley

Tel: 44 (0)7785 703523

Email: fiona@tooleystreet.com




Peel Hunt LLP

Stockbroker & financial adviser

Justin Jones

Mike Bell

Tel: 44 (0)20 7418 8900


About Trifast plc

The Company is quoted on the London Stock Exchange (LSE Premium Listing: Ticker: TRI)

Group website: www.trifast.com   


Trifast's trading business TR Fastenings is a leading international manufacturer (33% of sales) and distributor (67% of sales) of industrial fastenings to the assembly industries, with operations in Europe, the Americas and Asia supplying both distributors and OEMs.  TR has over 5,000 customers and has attained 'preferred supplier status' with over 40 global OEM customers.


The culture and ethos of the Trifast group of companies is very similar to Kuhlmann- TR is well established and respected in the industry; built from one office in East Sussex, England in 1973 employing five people, today TR is an international business employing over 1100 staff in 17 countries; it operates through 26 business locations within Asia, North America and Europe and offers manufacturing and logistics capabilities serving over 50 countries 24/7.  The TR business has strong leadership, experienced and motivated people throughout the business. 


Historic financials reported (to March 2015), showed Revenue of £155 million and underlying Profit before tax of £14.31 million.  Group sales derive from industrial sectors: Automotive (31%), Electronics (21%) Domestic appliances (19%) Distributors (9%) with the remaining 20% from a combination of other sectors.


For more information, please visit www.trfastenings.com: LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/tr-fastenings: 

Facebook: www.facebook.com/trfastenings: Twitter: www.twitter.com/trfastenings


About Kulmann

ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 accreditation

For more information, please visit www.befestigungselemente.com 

Kuhlmann Befestigungselemente GmbH & Co. KG

Lerchenweg 99, D-33415 Verl, Germany 



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