Bunzl Acquires Two Companies, Including MCR Safety

Bunzl, the London-based international distribution and outsourcing group, said it had agreed to acquire the Memphis-based safety distributor MCR Safety and Dublin-based packaging distributor Abco Kovex.
MCR Safety

Bunzl PLC on Monday announced that it has agreed to acquire two companies — MCR Safety, a Memphis, Tennessee-based safety distributor, and Abco Kovex, a Dublin, Ireland-based flexible packaging distributor. Financial terms of the deals weren’t disclosed.

MCR Safety distributes a variety of largely its own brand of personal protection equipment (PPE) and other safety products to distributors operating in a number of end user markets. In addition to the main U.S. facility in Memphis and another in Arkansas, the business has operations in Mexico, Canada, the UK, the Netherlands, Colombia and Costa Rica. The products supplied are principally gloves, eye protection and workwear.

In 2019, the aggregate revenue for the businesses to be acquired, which overall trade at well above the North America business area average operating margin, was $248 million. Approximately 80% of the revenue relates to sales in the U.S. It is expected that the acquisition will be completed at the end of August 2020.

Abco Kovex is a distributor of flexible packaging based in Dublin, Ireland but with operations also in the UK and is principally engaged in the sale of items such as stretchfilm, polythene and paper packaging and pallet wrap to a variety of end users in the food, construction, packaging, foodservice and pharmaceutical sectors. Revenue in 2019 was €23 million (US$27.2 million). Completion of the acquisition is subject to clearance of the transaction by the Irish competition authority.

“The acquisition of MCR Safety is an important development for Bunzl,” said Frank van Zanten, CEO of Bunzl. “It is a high-quality business with a strong leadership team and well established portfolio of own brand products which will complement our existing product range and significantly strengthen and expand our safety operations both in the U.S. and elsewhere.

“The proposed acquisition of Abco Kovex will also complement our existing operations as it will enhance our product offering and expand our customer base both in Ireland and the UK which in turn will allow some cross-selling opportunities. With an experienced and knowledgeable management team, the business differentiates itself through continuous product innovation with a focus on sustainability.

“We look forward to welcoming both businesses and their employees to Bunzl.”

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