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Accrol Group Holdings PLC

09 April 2021

9 April 2021


("Accrol", the "Company" or the "Group")



Accrol Group, one of the UK's leading independent tissue converters, is pleased to announce that the Group has completed the acquisition of John Dale Limited ("John Dale"), a highly scalable flushable and biodegradable wet wipes business, for a total cash consideration of GBP3.9 million, funded from the Group's existing cash reserves.

Acquisition rationale

The acquisition of John Dale is a strategic move into high growth products within the wet wipes segment of the tissue market, providing a well invested platform on which to build a sizeable business.


-- John Dale has a long-established and unrivalled reputation as a privately-owned manufacturer of high quality own branded and private label wet wipes and facial tissues for the UK retail market

-- Accrol and John Dale share several customers, but John Dale also brings a number of significant new accounts into the Group

-- The product range includes flushable and biodegradable moist toilet wipes, anti-bacterial and anti-viral wipes, facial cleansing wipes, baby and toddler wipes and feminine hygiene wipes

-- The addition of incremental volume to the Accrol facial tissue business will serve to leverage the Group's existing production facility in Blackburn

The business currently operates a single daily shift, five days a week, from its owned premises in Flint, North Wales, which is currently generating annualised revenue of c.GBP6.0 million and EBITDA (normalised) of c.GBP0.6 million.

Following acquisition, Accrol's primary areas of focus will be the expansion of the anti-bacterial and anti-viral wet wipe ranges and optimisation of production facilities.

The acquisition includes the 47,000 sq.ft. property from which the business operates. Both the business and the property were purchased from John and Pauline Dale.

Dan Wright, Executive Chairman of Accrol, said:

"I am delighted to announce the purchase of the John Dale business in Wales. A move into the attractive wet wipes' segment has been on our radar for some time; as a natural extension of our product range and wholly in line with our growth strategy across the household products category. It was essential, however, for us to find a business with a disruptive and environmentally friendly product which we could scale through organic investment. John Dale fits our criteria for growth - quality of product and market positioning, operating excellence in its asset base, and the optimisation of our distribution strengths. It gives Accrol a ready-made platform on which to build a sizeable wet wipes operation and presents an unmissable opportunity for us to compound shareholder value."

Gareth Jenkins, CEO of Accrol added:

"John Dale is an excellent business, with three modern wet wipe machines, which are significantly under-utilised. The UK wet wipe market is valued at GBP0.5bn. We are confident that, with our wide customer base, market and operational know-how and a modest investment in additional machine assets, we can scale this business significantly, while generating strong margins, over the next two to three years. The slack within the property and working capital assets of the business will fund much of this growth and accelerate financial returns."

For further information, please contact: 
Accrol Group Holdings plc 
Dan Wright, Executive Chairman            Via Belvedere Communications 
Gareth Jenkins, Chief Executive Officer 
Zeus Capital Limited (Nominated Adviser 
 & Broker) 
Dan Bate / Jordan Warburton                  Tel: +44 (0) 161 831 1512 
Dominic King / John Goold                    Tel: +44 (0) 203 829 5000 
Liberum Capital Limited (Joint Broker)       Tel: +44 (0) 20 3100 2222 
Clayton Bush / Edward Thomas 
Belvedere Communications Limited 
Cat Valentine                                Tel: +44 (0) 7715 769 078 
Keeley Clarke                                Tel: +44 (0) 7967 816 525 
Llew Angus                                   Tel: +44 (0) 7407 023 147 

Overview of Accrol

Accrol Group Holdings plc is a leading tissue converter and supplier of toilet tissues, kitchen rolls and facial tissues to many of the UK's leading discounters and grocery retailers across the UK. Following the recent acquisition of a state-of-the-art tissue converter based in Leicester, the Group now operates from five sites, including four in Lancashire, which generate revenues totalling c.16% of the GBP1.7bn UK retail tissue market.

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