Fishers Laundry Group acquired by Canada-based K-Bro

Published: 22-Nov-2017

The commercial laundry and textile rental provider in Scotland and the North East of England, has agreed a deal with K-Bro Linen of Canada

K-Bro Linen Inc has agreed to acquire 100% of Fishers’ parent company, Fishers Topco Ltd, from its major shareholder, the private equity firm, Caird Capital, and a number of individual minority shareholders for a consideration of £35 million, in addition to an earn-out consideration based upon full year EBITDA. The transaction is expected to complete on 27th November, 2017.

Michael Jones, Managing Director, Fishers Laundry Group

Michael Jones, Managing Director, Fishers Laundry Group

Michael Jones, Managing Director of Fishers, said: “This is great news for Fishers as it brings a new owner for the business with the resources, experience and ambition to take Fishers to the next level. I am confident that, as part of K-Bro, Fishers will thrive and I look forward to drawing on K-Bro’s experience, particularly in the Canadian healthcare sector, to help us grow the Fishers business further here in the UK.”

Linda McCurdy, President and Chief Executive Officer of K-Bro, said: "We are very excited to add the Fishers platform as K-Bro's first acquisition outside of Canada. The UK linen hospitality market is mature, but still highly fragmented, and we expect to leverage Fishers' leading market position, experienced local management team, entrenched customer relationships and proven track record of stable and profitable operations to take advantage of the significant organic growth and consolidation opportunities available to us, similar to what we have achieved in Canada."

K-Bro plans to use its acquisition of Fishers as a platform from which to build its presence in the UK commercial laundry and textile rental market by taking advantage of organic growth and consolidation opportunities.

Linda McCurdy, CEO, K-Bro Linen Inc

Linda McCurdy, CEO, K-Bro Linen Inc

Fishers will operate as a standalone, wholly owned subsidiary of K-Bro and will retain its headquarters in Cupar, Fife.  The Fishers management team will remain with the business and there are no headcount reductions planned as part of the acquisition.

Fishers employs 800 staff across seven sites in Scotland and the North East of England and provides commercial laundry and textile rental services principally to the hospitality sector but also to a range of other sectors including healthcare, pharmaceutical and manufacturing.

Fishers has also developed the innovative ZHEN luxury linen range incorporating radio frequency identification (RFID) tags in the linen, allowing customers and Fishers to track linen effectively, enabling operational and stock control efficiencies.

Headquartered in Edmonton, Alberta, K-Bro is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange and employs over 1,600 people in nine processing facilities and two distribution centres in 10 cities across Canada. 75% of its business comes from long-term healthcare contracts with the remainder of its revenues coming from the hotel sector and other commercial contracts.

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