2012-10-16 10:36:02 -
PRESS RELEASE Epernay, October 16, 2012
Our expertise: Spraying !
Acquisition of the HOZELOCK group
* EXEL Industries has entered definitive agreement to acquire 100% of the
Hozelock Group from
the investment funds CVC Capital Partners and other
* HOZELOCK is one of the main European manufacturers of the gardening
products, for watering, spraying, technical hose and aquatics.
* In its last financial year closing as of end of September 2012, Hozelock
group realised a turnover of 95 M€.
Present in the agricultural, industrial and consumer markets, EXEL Industries
will accelerate its development in the consumer market (products for gardening).
With the HOZELOCK acquisition, Exel Industries consolidates its leadership in
France and strengthens its strong comercial positions in consumer market in UK,
Benelux and Scandinavia.
As the most popular gardening brand name in UK, HOZELOCK has a strong sector
share in the UK gardening market, which is the second most important in Europe.
Both together, HOZELOCK et EXEL Industries will generate synergies (countries,
distribution networks, sourcing, logistics,.).
With 500 employees over 6 subsidiaries all over Europe, Hozelock has realized a
turnover as of end of september 2012 (last financial year) of 95 m€ taking into
account bad climatic conditions.
Guerric Ballu, Managing Director of EXEL Industries, has declared :
« We welcome Hozelock group into Exel Industries with great pleasure. The strong
reputation of its brand names, its large distribution networks and the wide
variety of its supply are important factors in continuing our growth in consumer
market. This market has a strong and strategic interest for our group. First of
all, it is a growth market because of the increase in gardeners (driven by
increased free time and a growing and affluent aging population). It is also a
market which has different variations compared to our agricultural and
industrial market, giving the group a better balanced portfolio. That is why
this acquisition is fully consistent with our strategy which allows Exel
Industries to keep a profitable and long term growth in our three markets.»
For more information, please visit the web site of the Company :
www.hozelock.com / www.tricoflex.com
EXEL Industries :
Technology specialist in precision spraying for agriculture (No. 1 worldwide),
for industry (No. 3 worldwide), EXEL Industries employs approximately 2 800
people in 24 countries, on 5 continents. The group has posted a turnover of €
525 million for the 2011-2012 fiscal year.
NYSE-Euronext Paris, Compartiment B (Mnemo EXE / ISIN FR0004527638)
Indices SBF 250, CAC Mid&Small 190, CAC Small 90
Guerric BALLU Sylvain ROUSSEAU
Group CEO Group CFO / Investors Relation
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