Manchester steel supplier undergoes MBO

Mon, 03 Sep 2018 | MBO/MBI

A steel tube manufacturer in Greater Manchester has experienced a management buyout (MBO) by the company’s founding family who described the present time as the right moment to strike the deal.

Boole’s Tools and Pipe Fittings Limited was bought back by the family from the listed builders’ merchant.

Located in Stockport, Cheshire, the company was established by Ron Boole and his father, Cyril Boole, in 1961, and produces steel tubes, valves, fittings and allied pipeline products for a range of clients across the country. What started off as a small fledgling business has grown into a multimillion pound organisation in recent years.

Its trading practices have proved successful with a reported annual turnover of roughly £12.5 million.

In 2003, Boole’s was taken over by Grafton Group plc. in an acquisition deal, but has since been acquired back by Terry Seville, the company's managing director, his wife Tracy who is Ron Boole’s daughter.

Seville has faith in that Boole’s has a positive outlook for the years ahead, a result of the successful MBO. He said: “Now is the right time for the MBO, and being independent will allow us both to maintain our strong trading relationship with Grafton and generate new opportunities with other national and independent merchants.”

Ian Riggs from legal firm Hill Dickinson LLP, Jeremy Cole from Cole Associates Corporate Finance, and debt advisor Dave Matkin conducted the proceedings of the deal, with funding provided by corporate relationship director John Gibson from Liverpool’s HSBC Corporate office.

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