Gas supplier Regent to buy TClarke for £90m

Business gas supplier and connections specialist Regent is buying building services contractor TClarke for £90m.

The listed contractor confirmed the acquisition plan in a Stock Exchange announcement this morning and its directors will be recommending the deal to shareholders.

The 160p-per-share offer represents a 28% premium to TClarke’s closing share price of 125p yesterday.

TClarke directors believe their business has been undervalued by the market and the Regent offer “presents an opportunity for TClarke Shareholders to accelerate the crystallisation of a certain value from their investment at an attractive premium, de-risks the return of value and allows full liquidity of their investment in TClarke.”

They added that Regent will seek to continue to grow the £491m turnover business and work with existing employees.

Deep Valecha, CEO of Regent, said: “TClarke is a business we have long admired since we started to invest in 2018. It is well run, has a strong culture helped by a commitment to a well-established apprentice scheme which offers career progression and a high degree of staff loyalty.

“Given our admiration for TClarke, as part of our plans, we would like TClarke to continue its business in the manner in which it has been conducted. We will support the management team in their ambitions to strengthen the balance sheet, and continue to grow the business.

“I am excited by the opportunities this new chapter present for TClarke to pursue its long-term strategies to drive sustainable growth and innovation and explore new initiatives.”

Mark Lawrence, Chief Executive of TClarke, said: “I am pleased to share this exciting news regarding the future of TClarke. In addition to presenting an attractive premium for TClarke Shareholders, this transaction presents tremendous opportunities for TClarke to chart its own course as part of a larger group with significant financial strength, flexibility and autonomy as TClarke continues to pursue its long-term strategies that will drive sustainable growth and innovation.

“This new chapter in our journey opens doors to explore bold initiatives and opportunities that may not have been feasible in the past. I am delighted that Regent understands and appreciates the strengths of the business and will be supporting our ambitions to further develop the TClarke Group as we move forward.

“The ccquisition will allow us to prioritise initiatives that create lasting value for our customers, employees and stakeholders. Our commitment to excellence, integrity and customer satisfaction remains unwavering.”



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