Rutland Partners has acquired the CeDo group of companies from Delton AG for £52.2 million. CeDo is a European maker of household disposables, including garbage bags and aluminium foil. It mostly focuses on the UK, French and German markets, but also has a presence in Eastern Europe.
Rutland Partners LLP (“Rutland”), the UK private equity partnership, announces that it has completed the acquisition of the CeDo group of companies (“CeDo”) from DELTON AG, Bad Homburg / Germany (“Delton”) for £52.2 million. The transaction was announced on 29 July 2009 and was conditional on merger control clearances which have now been received.
CeDo is one of Europe’s leading manufacturers of household disposables, manufacturing both own-label and proprietary products such as refuse sacks, bin liners and other speciality kitchen and household disposable products including nappy sacks, cling film and aluminium foil. It holds strong supply relationships with the majority of Europe’s largest supermarkets and discounters.
The business has a strong focus on the UK, German, and French markets whilst sales in Eastern Europe have also grown rapidly in recent years. The business produces and sells product mainly under own-label arrangements and also operates the Paclan and Poly-Lina brands. The business is profitable and cash generative on sales of around £185 million.
The management of CeDo will be led by chief executive David Pearce and new chairman Alan Jamieson. A wide-ranging restructuring plan and operational improvements will be implemented across the business. These will include a concerted drive to optimise manufacturing efficiency in all plants, to reduce costs and focus closely on managing working capital. These initiatives will help improve financial performance and enhance CeDo’s ability to benefit from its status as the market’s lowest cost producer.
The company has pioneered and will continue to drive the environmentally friendly practice of including increasingly large proportions of post-consumer recycled plastic in its plastic products at its three manufacturing plants in the UK, Poland and China. This has been made possible by the high grade tailored output produced from CeDo’s own post-consumer plastic recycling facility in the Netherlands.
Rutland will invest £26.0m from its £322 million fund, Rutland Fund II, to support the acquisition with the balance of the funding coming from debt facilities provided by Lloyds TSB Commercial Finance and Indigo Capital LLP. CeDo will be Rutland’s third investment from Rutland Fund II.
Commenting on the investment, Ben Slatter of Rutland said:
“We believe that with Rutland’s support CeDo can implement its strategic plan and build considerably on its already strong market position. We are confident that together with CeDo’s management team we will be able to deliver significant operational improvements to the business.”
Alan Jamieson, Chairman of CeDo, commented:
“I am looking forward to working with the CeDo management team and Rutland to develop the business and maintain its position as market leader in the sector.”
The Rutland transaction team comprised Nick Morrill, Ben Slatter, David Wingfield and Tristan Craddock. Ben Slatter led the deal for Rutland and he and David Wingfield will join the Board of CeDo after closing.