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Electrocomponents acquires PPE specialist

1st March 2021
Mick Elliott

Electrocomponents has acquired Liscombe, a specialist supplier of high-risk hand protection and PPE products to industrial blue-chip customers in the UK and the Netherlands.

The company says that together with Needlers, its recent PPE acquisition within the food manufacturing vertical, the two businesses will provide a full range offer and expertise across key sectors within safety and PPE.

The combination will enable the Group to capture a greater share of wallet with existing customers and establish a meaningful presence in a product category in which we anticipate attractive underlying growth over the long term.

The acquisition is expected to be earnings accretive and comfortably cover the Group cost of capital in our first full year of ownership pre synergies, excluding COVID-19 related revenue and profit. The £11 million consideration will be financed out of existing debt facilities. Liscombe will continue to be run by the existing management team, reporting into the Needlers MD, Mark Day.

Lindsley Ruth (pictured), Chief Executive Officer of Electrocomponents commented, “The acquisition of Liscombe is aligned to our strategy of selectively adding high-quality, value-creating bolt-on acquisitions to the Group. Liscombe’s safety and PPE products are already purchased by a significant number of our existing Electrocomponents’ customers. We see significant opportunity for Liscombe, and Needlers, to capitalise on leveraging Electrocomponents’ global presence, broad range, private-label expertise, operating efficiencies and omni-channel distribution capabilities. We welcome Liscombe to the Electrocomponents Group.”

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