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HPS sells to management buy-out team

Fast-growing independent plumbers merchant Heating Plumbing Supplies has been acquired in £12.88M management buyout of the existing business.

HPS sells to management buy-out team

Heating Plumbing Supplies Limited is now a wholly owned subsidiary of Heating Plumbing Supplies Group Limited.

When HPS was set-up 10 years ago, the directors raised the required capital from a number of outside shareholders, who have now received their return on investment. The deal means that HPS is now 100% owned by staff and management, with no outside shareholders.

The management buyout follows HPS’s announcement of record sales and improved company profits for 2010. Sales were £39.6M in 2010 up from £33.3M in 2009. Profits were up over 50% from £1.2M in 2009 to £1.81M in 2010.

Managing director Ron Walker says: “We are delighted to announce such excellent results and to have completed a successful management buyout of the company, we are especially pleased that 50% of our staff have taken the opportunity to invest in the company which reflects the amazing support and dedication the company enjoys from all its staff.

“We look forward to continuing the successful development of the company following our MBO and will continue to expand our branch network in the coming years where we can find the right people and suitable opportunities. I would also like to thank all our previous shareholders for their magnificent support during the first ten years of HPS.”

About Fiona Russell-Horne

Group Managing Editor across the BMJ portfolio.

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