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Wednesday 10 November, 2021

Victoria PLC

Acquisition of B3 Ceramics Danismanlik

RNS Number : 9166R
Victoria PLC
10 November 2021
 

For Immediate Release   10 November 2021  

This announcement contains inside information for the purposes of Article 7 of the Market Abuse Regulation (EU) 596/2014 as it forms part of UK domestic law by virtue of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 ("MAR"), and is disclosed in accordance with the Company's obligations under Article 17 of MAR. 

 

 

Victoria PLC

('Victoria' or the 'Group')

Acquisition of B3 Ceramics Danismanlik ("Graniser")

 

A substantial low-cost manufacturing platform

 

Victoria PLC, (LSE: VCP) the international designers, manufacturers and distributors of innovative flooring, is pleased to announce the further expansion of its existing ceramic tile business and operations, having agreed to acquire Graniser, a mid-market manufacturer and exporter of ceramic tiles based in Izmir, Turkey (the "Acquisition") .

 

Key terms of the Acquisition

 

· Graniser prepares and files audited statutory financial accounts in Turkey, which were audited by Deloitte from 2013 to 2019, with KPMG appointed in 2020. The accounts are prepared in Turkish Lira, with c. 70% of Graniser's revenue denominated in Euros.

· For the 12 months ended 31 December 2020, Graniser generated audited revenues of €59.3 million [1] (c. £52.8m 1 ).  Current normalised EBITDA is approximately €9 million (c. £7.7m 2 ).

· Total consideration to be paid on completion is €8.4 million (£7.1 m [2] ), which will be funded entirely from the Group's cash balances. In addition, Graniser has approximately €39.8 million (c. £33.7m2) of net debt (including shareholder loans), which will be repaid on completion.

· Completion is subject to procedural approval by the Turkish competition authorities and is expected to take place in December 2021.

 

On completion, the Acquisition will be immediately earnings accretive.

 



 

Overview of Graniser

 

Established in 1997, Graniser has been ultimately owned 75% by the Austrian investment company, Bancroft Group and 25% by the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development since 2012. It has robust financial reporting structures in place and its financial statements have been audited by either Deloitte or KPMG for the last eight years.

 

The company manufactures ceramic tiles from a single 75,000 square meter production facility it owns, close to Izmir port, a major export hub. This factory, which incorporates a cogeneration power plant to improve efficiency and generate energy savings, has a current annual production capacity of 20.8 million square meters, which is not fully utilised, with the opportunity to expand output considerably with limited capital expenditure. (By comparison, Victoria's existing ceramic tile operations have an annual production capacity of 52 million sqm).

 

Exports, predominantly to the USA, Israel, the UK, and Germany, accounted for c. 63% of sales in 2020 and c. 75% is expected in 2021, resulting in a significant proportion of Euro and US Dollar-denominated income and Turkish Lira-denominated costs.

 

Graniser has an experienced and well-respected management team, which will be fully integrated with Victoria's well-established ceramic tiles management team.

 

Strategic rationale for the Acquisition

 

(a more detailed presentation is available on Victoria's website at https://www.victoriaplc.com/reports/)

 

The acquisition of Graniser continues Victoria's successful strategy of growing its business with earnings-accretive acquisitions, and using scale and the Group's industry expertise to drive further profit increases via cost savings and revenue growth.

 

1. Manufacturing diversification

· Graniser diversifies Victoria's ceramic tiles manufacturing footprint into a significantly lower energy, labour and raw material price environment, alongside strict quality governance.

· Targeted capex, identified during commercial due diligence, is expected to deliver a >75% increase in Graniser's earnings over the next 3 years.

 

2. Commercial synergies

· Graniser and Victoria Ceramics will benefit from exposure to each other's commercial markets. Graniser will provide further export potential to the Middle East (an 800 million3 sqm per annum growing ceramics market) for Victoria. Victoria's ceramic tiles division, in particular its Italian operations, will open high-growth European DIY markets for Graniser.

· The enlarged ceramic tile operations will leverage Victoria's existing brand and design strengths with product ranges manufactured in a low-cost environment to drive margins and top line growth.

· Graniser will continue to operate an independent brand with its own management team, reporting within the Group's ceramics management structure.

 

The Board believes that Graniser presents an excellent strategic fit with Victoria's existing business and will have strong long-term growth prospects as part of the Group.

 

Philippe Hamers, Group Chief Executive of Victoria, commented:

"Victoria's ceramic tiles business continues to go from strength to strength. The low-cost manufacturing environment that Graniser offers will give Victoria the ability to leverage its manufacturing expertise and brand strength to further drive operating margins."

 

Geoff Wilding, Executive Chairman of Victoria, said:

"Following completion of the Acquisition, Victoria will have invested c. £201 million in the current financial year to add approximately £35 million of EBITDA to the Group. Victoria's strategy of achieving scale through acquisitions and using that scale to extract operational synergies continues to deliver value for the Group and its shareholders.

 

We continue to have substantial amounts of capital to deploy and are in active discussions with additional high-quality opportunities to grow our business. Therefore, shareholders can expect further earning accretive acquisitions."

 

 

1 Applying a GBP:EUR exchange rate of 1.18

2 Leverage ratios calculated in-line with the Group's debt facilities

3 Freedonia Global Flooring Report

 

The person responsible for arranging the release of this announcement on behalf of the Company is Michael Scott, Group Finance Director.

 

For more information contact:

Victoria PLC

Geoff Wilding, Executive Chairman

Philippe Hamers, Group Chief Executive

Michael Scott, Group Finance Director

+44 (0) 1562 749 610

 

Singer Capital Markets (Nominated Adviser and Joint Broker)

Rick Thompson, Phil Davies, Alex Bond

 

 

+44 (0) 207 496 3095

Berenberg (Joint Broker)

Ben Wright, Mark Whitmore, Tejas Padalkar

 

Peel Hunt (Joint Broker)

Adrian Trimmings, Andrew Clark

 

Buchanan Communications (Financial PR)

Charles Ryland, Chris Lane, Vicky Hayns, Tilly Abraham

+44 (0) 203 207 7800

 

+44 (0) 207 418 8900

 

+44 (0) 20 7466 5000

 

About Victoria

Established in 1895 and listed since 1963 and on AIM since 2013 (VCP.L), Victoria PLC, is an international manufacturer and distributor of innovative flooring products. The Group, which is headquartered in Kidderminster, UK, designs, manufactures and distributes a range of carpet, flooring underlay, ceramic tiles, LVT (luxury vinyl tile), artificial grass and flooring accessories.

 

Victoria has operations in the UK, Spain, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands, the USA, and Australia and employs approximately 4,000 people across more than 26 sites. Victoria is the UK's largest carpet manufacturer and the second largest in Australia, as well as the largest manufacturer of underlay in both regions. 

 

The Group's strategy is designed to create value for its shareholders and is focused on consistently increasing earnings and cash flow per share via acquisitions and sustainable organic growth. (Further information about Victoria can be found on its website, www.victoriaplc.com .)

About Graniser

G raniser was established in 1997 and is engaged in the business of manufacturing and distributing ceramic and porcelain floor and wall tiles. Since then, the business has developed as a US-wide online flooring product designer and distributor with an absolute commitment to customer service and environmental sustainability.

Graniser has its headquarters in Izmir/Turkey and has a capacity of more than 20 million sqm (across 11 kilns and 20 production lines). Graniser produces and sells single and double - fired wall, floor and glazed tiles in various sizes and over 5,000 varieties from its factory which is near Izmir, in the Aegean Region, Turkey and serving customers around the world. 

It is a major exporter of ceramic tiles, accounting for c.7% of Turkey's total ceramic exports.

Further information about Graniser can be found on its website https://www.graniser.com.tr/en .

 

 

 


 



[1] 2020 Revenue of 477.1mm Turkish Lira converted to EUR and GBP at 2020 average rate of 8.04 TL/EUR and 9.03 TL/GBP, respectively.

[2] Converted to GBP at a rate of 1.18 GBP/EUR.

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