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RNS Number : 5214W
Marwyn Materials Limited
12 June 2008
News Release 12 June 2008
Marwyn Materials Limited
("Marwyn Materials" or the "Company")
Marwyn Materials Limited joins AIM
Marwyn Materials Limited (AIM: MMAT), a vehicle established to acquire controlling
interests in building materials businesses, both
listed and unquoted, in the UK, Europe and US, creating shareholder value through market
consolidation, today announces the commencement of
dealings in its Ordinary Shares on AIM. Collins Stewart Europe Limited is acting as Nominated
Adviser and Broker to the Company.
The chairman of the Company is Peter Tom CBE, formerly group chief executive and later
chairman of Aggregate Industries plc. The
Company's chief executive is Simon Vivian, former chief executive of Hanson plc's European
Building Materials business and most recently
chief executive of Mowlem plc.
Number of Existing Ordinary Shares
Number of Subscription Shares
Enlarged Share Capital
Subscription Shares as a percentage of the
Enlarged Share Capital
Initial Gross Proceeds of the Subscription
Estimated proceeds of the Subscription net of
Market capitalisation of the Company on Admission at the Subscription Price
Reasons for the Subscription and Admission
Marwyn Materials was incorporated in August 2007 to acquire and manage companies and
businesses in the UK and international building
The net proceeds of the Subscription will be used to meet general working capital
requirements and to provide funds for the acquisition
of minority stakes in UK and international quoted companies in accordance with the Company's
stated investment strategy.
The Directors believe that Admission to AIM will have the following benefits:
* Quoted shares may be an attractive form of consideration to vendors of potential
acquisition targets and will also potentially
enable acquisitions to be financed by placings.
* Provide access to additional sources of finance to raise additional working
* Enhancement of the Company's reputation with acquisition targets, customers and
suppliers by virtue of its status as a quoted
* Enhancement of the Company's ability to retain and attract key staff with share
Peter Tom, chairman, said: "As a senior management team we have extensive experience of
the international building materials industry
stretching back over 50 years. Having overseen the successful sales of our previous companies,
and fulfilled our remaining contractual
obligations, we are now free to get involved again in an industry we know well, which we enjoy
and where we have generated significant value
for our shareholders in the past."
"We are interested in acquiring all types of building materials businesses and believe
there is no shortage of opportunities to review.
The smaller end of the market is still extremely fragmented and there are numerous private
companies which want to realise value. As the
market consolidates, we are also aware of several large players around the world with non-core
assets which they wish to divest. There are
particularly promising opportunities in the emerging markets of Europe."
For further information:
Marwyn Materials Limited
Peter Tom, Chairman Tel: +44 (0) 1481 232553
Mob: +44 (0) 7534 922580
Simon Vivian, Chief Executive Tel: +44 (0) 20 7004 6814
Mob: +44 (0) 7534 922583
Steve Jacobs, Head of Communications Tel: +44 (0) 7831 764592
Collins Stewart Europe Limited
Seema Paterson/Stewart Wallace/Lorraine Delannoy Tel: +44 (0) 20 7523 8350
Collins Stewart Europe Limited, which is regulated by the Financial Services Authority, is
acting as Nominated Adviser and Broker
exclusively for the Company in connection with the arrangements described in this
announcement, is not acting for any other person and will
not be responsible to any person other than the Company for providing the protections afforded
to customers of Collins Stewart Europe
Limited, or for advising any other person in connection with the arrangements described in
this announcement. The responsibilities of
Collins Stewart Europe Limited, as Nominated Adviser, are owed solely to the London Stock
A copy of the Company's Admission Document is available to view and download from the
Company's website at www.marwynmaterials.com. The
Company and its focus
The Company was incorporated in August 2007 and it is intended that it will acquire and
manage companies and businesses in the UK and
international building materials industry.
The Directors' intention is to acquire controlling stakes in one or more quoted or
unquoted profitable businesses or companies by way of
a reverse takeover and to use these as a platform for further acquisitions. The Company will
need to raise additional funds for these
purposes. The Company may also acquire minority stakes in UK and international quoted
companies with the initial funds raised.
The Directors believe that opportunities exist to create value for Shareholders through a
properly-executed, acquisition-led strategy in
the international building materials industry, focusing on the UK, Europe and the US. The
Directors believe that these industries can be
categorised in terms of large businesses which operate and compete in the international market
and smaller businesses which operate and
compete on a domestic or regional scale. The Directors believe that, whilst the UK and
international building materials markets are
generally well consolidated and dominated by a small number of key players, the smaller end of
the market remains fragmented and shareholder
value can be created through market consolidation.
The key professionals are as follows:
Peter Tom CBE (Chairman)
Peter has more than 50 years' experience in the aggregates industry. He joined Bardon Hill
Quarries Limited as a school-leaver in 1956,
becoming managing director in 1977 and chief executive of Bardon Group plc in 1985, overseeing
the company's transition from a
privately-owned regional quarrying operation to a publicly-listed building materials group.
Peter expanded the group internationally with a series of acquisitions in the United
States in the late 1980s and went on to lead the
merger of Bardon and Evered plc in 1991 and the enlarged group's subsequent merger with CAMAS
in 1997 to form Aggregate Industries plc.
In 2005 Peter oversaw the negotiations which led to the successful acquisition of
Aggregate Industries by Swiss building materials group
Holcim Limited for £1.8 billion. He assumed the role of non-executive chairman of Aggregate
Industries in 2006, a position he held until his
resignation in December 2007.
Peter served as chairman of the aggregates industry's trade association in 1997, managing
its amalgamation that year with two related
associations to form the Quarry Products Association. In addition, Peter has been chairman of
Leicester Football Club (Leicester Tigers)
Simon Vivian (Chief Executive)
Simon has over 20 years' experience in the aggregates and construction industries. Most
recently, he was chief executive of Mowlem plc
(June 2004 - July 2006) where he oversaw an organisation with more than 25,000 employees,
generating revenues of £2.2 billion from
operations in the UK, US and Australia. Whilst in the role Simon implemented a group wide
operational re-organisation reducing overheads by
over £8 million and initiated the disposal of the company's Australian business. In December
2005, Mowlem received a cash offer from
Carillion plc and Simon negotiated a final exit price at a premium for shareholders.
Prior to Mowlem, Simon worked in a number of roles with Hanson plc (1987 - 2003),
ultimately as the chief executive of Hanson plc's
European Building Materials business. He oversaw operations in eight European countries
employing over 8,000 people and generating EBIT of
£154 million. Whilst with Hanson he executed and integrated the £1.5 billion acquisition of
Pioneer International Ltd and managed the
disposal of the company's waste disposal business.
The Directors intend to take an active approach to investments made by the Company and to
adhere to the following investment
* Geographic focus: The Company intends to invest internationally, with its
focus being on the UK, European and US building materials markets.
* Sector focus: The Company intends to focus on the UK and international
building materials industries. The Directors believe that opportunities
exist to create value for Shareholders through a properly executed,
acquisition-led strategy in these industries.
* Target companies: The Company will target companies which are profitable
and which fit into the stated geographic and sector guidelines.
* Types of investment and control of investments: It is anticipated that
the Company will acquire controlling stakes in one or more quoted or
unlisted profitable businesses or companies and may also acquire minority
stakes in UK and international quoted companies.
* Investment size: The Directors intend that the initial funds raised will
be used for the purposes of working capital and potentially for the
acquisition of minority stakes in quoted companies. It is envisaged that
the Company's first acquisition of a controlling stake in a business will
be a reverse takeover (as defined in the AIM Rules for Companies) and be
subject to the prior approval of Shareholders in a general meeting.
The Directors believe that the building materials market will remain steady in the short
to medium term in the US and internationally.
End-user demand comes from a combination of public and private spending. Although the
residential construction market, in particular, is
cyclical, demand for essential raw materials also comes from government infrastructure
projects, commercial and industrial construction and
private building improvements, which operate on different cycles.
In the UK, the Government's current investment plans, as outlined in the 2007
Comprehensive Spending Review, support expectations of
overall expansion in construction activity over the next three years, with priority areas
identified such as health, education and new
social housing projects. In addition, construction projects associated with the 2012 London
Olympics are expected to gather pace in the
coming years and provide a level of demand not correlated to the cyclical markets for
commercial and residential property. The Directors
believe that the global industry for building materials will be stable in the short term and
provide an arena in which to execute the
acquisition and consolidation strategy outlined above.
Relationship with Marwyn
The Company has entered into an agreement with Marwyn Capital LLP who will provide the
Company with general strategic and corporate
finance advice in relation to its potential investments and acquisitions. In addition, the
Company has entered into an office support
agreement with Marwyn Partners Limited who will provide temporary accommodation and back
office support functions (including secretarial and
IT support) to the Company.
Definitions used in this announcement shall have the same meaning as in the Company's
Admission Document dated 6 June 2008 unless the
context requires otherwise.
This information is provided by RNS
The company news service from the London Stock Exchange
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