TSA Member, Fishers Laundry Group announces acquisition

Fishers Laundry Group (“Fishers”), the market-leading commercial laundry and textile rental provider in Scotland and the North East of England, announces that K-Bro Linen Inc. (“K-Bro”), the largest provider of laundry and linen services in Canada, has entered into an agreement to acquire the business.

K-Bro has agreed to acquire 100% of Fishers’ parent company, Fishers Topco Limited, from its major shareholder, the private equity firm, Caird Capital, and a number of individual minority shareholders for a consideration of £35 million, in addition to an earn-out consideration based upon full year EBITDA. The transaction is expected to complete on 27th November, 2017.

K-Bro plans to use its acquisition of Fishers as a platform from which to build its presence in the UK commercial laundry and textile rental market by taking advantage of organic growth and consolidation opportunities.  Fishers will operate as a standalone, wholly owned subsidiary of K-Bro and will retain its headquarters in Cupar, Fife.  The Fishers management team will remain with the business and there are no headcount reductions planned as part of the acquisition.

Fishers was established in 1900 and now cleans, irons and delivers more than two million items a week, providing linen rental, workwear hire and cleanroom garment services to the hospitality, healthcare, manufacturing and pharmaceutical sectors. Fishers employs 800 staff across seven sites in Scotland and the North East of England. Fishers has also developed the innovative ZHEN® luxury linen range incorporating radio frequency identification (RFID) tags in the linen, allowing customers and Fishers to track linen effectively, enabling groundbreaking new operational and stock control efficiencies.

Headquartered in Edmonton, Alberta, K-Bro is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange and employs over 1,600 people in nine processing facilities and two distribution centres in 10 cities across Canada. 75% of its business comes from long-term healthcare contracts with the remainder of its revenues coming from the hotel sector and other commercial contracts.

Michael Jones, Managing Director of Fishers, said:

“This is great news for Fishers as it brings a new owner for the business with the resources, experience and ambition to take Fishers to the next level.  I am confident that, as part of K-Bro, Fishers will thrive and I look forward to drawing on K-Bro’s experience, particularly in the Canadian healthcare sector, to help us grow the Fishers business further here in the UK.”

Linda McCurdy, President and Chief Executive Officer of K-Bro, said:

"We are very excited to add the Fishers platform as K-Bro's first acquisition outside of Canada. The UK linen hospitality market is mature, but still highly fragmented, and we expect to leverage Fishers' leading market position, experienced local management team, entrenched customer relationships and proven track record of stable and profitable operations to take advantage of the significant organic growth and consolidation opportunities available to us, similar to what we have achieved in Canada."

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