DCC Energy agrees to acquire Butagaz

Published on 19th May 2015

Author: DCC Energy LPG

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DCC Energy agrees to acquire Butagaz,
a leading LPG business in France, for €464 million (£338 million)

DCC plc announces that DCC Energy has made a binding offer to acquire Butagaz S.A.S. ("Butagaz"), a leading liquefied petroleum gas ("LPG") business in France, from Shell for €464 million (£338 million) ("The Transaction"). Shell has granted DCC exclusivity while it consults with its French Works Councils as required by French law.

The Transaction would represent the largest ever acquisition by DCC and a major step forward in the continuing expansion of its LPG business. The French LPG market is the second largest in Western Europe and approximately twice the size of the market in Britain. The acquisition of Butagaz would provide DCC Energy with a substantial presence in the French LPG market, an experienced management team and a high quality sales, marketing and operating infrastructure.

Key Transaction Features:

Tommy Breen, Chief Executive of DCC plc, said today:
 

"The acquisition of Butagaz represents a major step forward in DCC's ambition to build a very significant presence in the global LPG market. As the leading LPG brand in France with a strong heritage and reputation for customer service, Butagaz is an excellent strategic fit for DCC Energy's existing LPG business.

We very much look forward to welcoming the Butagaz management and employees into the DCC Group. DCC and Butagaz share similar ambitions and together we are excited by the opportunity to grow and develop the Butagaz business and brand."

Butagaz

Founded in 1931, Butagaz is a leading distributor of LPG in France with a 25% market share, selling to domestic, commercial, agricultural and industrial customers. The business is headquartered in Levallois in Western Paris and employs approximately 550 employees across France.

Butagaz is the leading LPG brand in France with very high levels of consumer brand recognition. Butagaz has a strong supply base, sourcing LPG from a number of supply points in France and also from Belgium, Spain and Germany. Butagaz transports product by road, rail, sea and pipeline to a well-invested network of ten bulk depots and seven filling plants across France and one filling plant in Corsica. The business sells to circa 210,000 small and large bulk customers, while cylinders are stocked at 46 depots nationally and are distributed to some 26,000 retail points of sale, including hypermarkets and independent retailers, which in turn sell to approximately four million end-users.

Butagaz has an experienced and ambitious management team which has a track record of delivering strong profit growth. Butagaz currently operates as an independent standalone subsidiary of Shell with its own sales, marketing, procurement and planning (with outsourced logistics) functions and IT, finance and back office systems. As DCC has no LPG operations in France, Butagaz will continue to operate as a separate subsidiary under the leadership of its existing management team.

In its latest financial year ended 31 December 2014, Butagaz generated underlying EBITDA of €123.6 million (£89.9 million) and underlying EBIT of €74.2 million (£53.9 million), with excellent cash flow conversion. Its gross assets at 31 December 2014 were €677.5 million (£492.7 million).

The Transaction

The valuation for Butagaz, on a debt-free, cash-free basis is €464 million (£338 million). The consideration for the share capital of Butagaz would ultimately be determined on the basis of a completion balance sheet. For illustrative purposes, based on Butagaz's audited balance sheet at 31 December 2014, the consideration, after adjusting for net debt like items, would be €404 million (£294 million), payable in cash at completion.

DCC has entered into a binding commitment which obligates DCC to enter into an acquisition agreement following completion of Shell's consultation process with its French Works Councils as required under French law. During the period of consultation with its Works Councils, Shell has granted DCC exclusivity in respect of the acquisition of Butagaz. The acquisition will require EU competition and French Ministry of Economy clearance.

The Transaction would be expected to complete in the final calendar quarter of 2015, after the Works Councils' consultations have taken place and the relevant clearances have been received.

J.P. Morgan Cazenove is acting as financial adviser to DCC in relation to this transaction.

For Reference:


Tommy Breen, Chief Executive, DCC plc
Fergal O'Dwyer, Chief Financial Officer, DCC plc
Donal Murphy, Managing Director, DCC Energy
Kevin Lucey, Head of Group Finance and Investor Relations, DCC plc

Telephone +353 1 279 9400 | Email: investorrelations@dcc.ie | Web: www.dcc.ie

J.P. Morgan Cazenove
Mark Breuer / Dwayne Lysaght / Richard Walsh
Telephone: +44 20 7742 4000

Powerscourt (Media)
Victoria Palmer-Moore / Lisa Kavanagh
Telephone: +44 20 7250 1446 | Email: DCC@powerscourt-group.com
 

About DCC plc and DCC Energy

DCC plc is an international sales, marketing, distribution and business support services group headquartered in Dublin with operations in Britain, Continental Europe and Ireland. DCC has four divisions - DCC Energy, DCC Technology, DCC Healthcare and DCC Environmental. In its financial year ended 31 March 2015, DCC generated revenue of £10.6 billion and operating profit of £228 million and currently employs approximately 10,200 people in 14 countries. DCC's shares are listed on the London Stock Exchange and are included in the FTSE All-Share Index and the FTSE 250 Index under Support Services.

DCC Energy, DCC's largest division, is the leading oil and LPG sales, marketing and distribution business in Europe. The marketing and selling of LPG is an important part of DCC Energy's activities which also include the marketing and selling of oil products and fuel cards and the supply to, and ownership of, retail petrol stations.

Operating under the DCC Group brand, DCC Energy has for many years been the second largest LPG business in Britain and Ireland. A key component of DCC Energy's strategy has been to continue growing its LPG business into new geographic markets. In recent years DCC Energy has acquired LPG businesses formerly owned by oil majors in Norway and Sweden, where it is the market leader (now operating under the DCC Group brand) and in the Netherlands, where it is the joint market leader operating under the Benegas brand.

The acquisition of Butagaz would be DCC Energy's second acquisition in France following its previously announced agreement to acquire the Esso Retail business of Esso branded unmanned retail petrol stations and motorway concessions from Esso S.A.F. The Esso Retail acquisition is expected to be completed before the end of June 2015 as all legal and competition clearances have now been received.

 

  • Butagaz has a market share of 25% and the "Butagaz" brand is the leading LPG brand in France.
  • Butagaz is market leader in the LPG cylinder and small bulk market segments and sells directly or indirectly to over four million customers.
  • The acquisition would significantly increase the scale of DCC's LPG business from approximately 700,000 tonnes to 1.2 million tonnes.
  • Valuation, on a debt-free, cash-free basis of €464 million (£338 million).
  • Underlying EBITDA[1] of €123.6 million (£89.9 million) and EBIT of €74.2 million (£53.9 million) with excellent cash conversion.
  • Underlying EBITDA and EBIT multiples of 3.8 and 6.2 respectively.
  • Significantly EPS accretive, with return on capital employed expected to be substantially above DCC's cost of capital.

 

For Reference:

Tommy Breen, Chief Executive, DCC plc
Fergal O'Dwyer, Chief Financial Officer, DCC plc
Donal Murphy, Managing Director, DCC Energy
Kevin Lucey, Head of Group Finance and Investor Relations, DCC plc

Telephone +353 1 279 9400 | Email: investorrelations@dcc.ie | Web: www.dcc.ie

J.P. Morgan Cazenove
Mark Breuer / Dwayne Lysaght / Richard Walsh
Telephone: +44 20 7742 4000

Powerscourt (Media)
Victoria Palmer-Moore / Lisa Kavanagh
Telephone: +44 20 7250 1446 | Email: DCC@powerscourt-group.com

About DCC plc and DCC Energy

DCC plc is an international sales, marketing, distribution and business support services group headquartered in Dublin with operations in Britain, Continental Europe and Ireland. DCC has four divisions - DCC Energy, DCC Technology, DCC Healthcare and DCC Environmental. In its financial year ended 31 March 2015, DCC generated revenue of £10.6 billion and operating profit of £228 million and currently employs approximately 10,200 people in 14 countries. DCC's shares are listed on the London Stock Exchange and are included in the FTSE All-Share Index and the FTSE 250 Index under Support Services.

DCC Energy, DCC's largest division, is the leading oil and LPG sales, marketing and distribution business in Europe. The marketing and selling of LPG is an important part of DCC Energy's activities which also include the marketing and selling of oil products and fuel cards and the supply to, and ownership of, retail petrol stations.

Operating under the DCC Group brand, DCC Energy has for many years been the second largest LPG business in Britain and Ireland. A key component of DCC Energy's strategy has been to continue growing its LPG business into new geographic markets. In recent years DCC Energy has acquired LPG businesses formerly owned by oil majors in Norway and Sweden, where it is the market leader (now operating under the DCC Group brand) and in the Netherlands, where it is the joint market leader operating under the Benegas brand.

The acquisition of Butagaz would be DCC Energy's second acquisition in France following its previously announced agreement to acquire the Esso Retail business of Esso branded unmanned retail petrol stations and motorway concessions from Esso S.A.F. The Esso Retail acquisition is expected to be completed before the end of June 2015 as all legal and competition clearances have now been received.

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