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Benchmark International Successfully Facilitated the Transaction involving North West Roller Services Limited and an MBO Team

Benchmark International is pleased to announce that Runcorn-based print industry firm, North West Roller Services (NWRS), has undergone an MBO.

Established in 1990, NWRS manufactures and distributes a range of consumable products for the flexographic, gravure and lamination industries. The company is the UK’s only manufacturer of fibreglass sleeves, which are marketed under the registered brand name ‘Easysleeve’, and exported to India, China, Italy and the USA.

The transaction was funded by a £1.5m equity investment from MSIF's AFM-managed Merseyside Loan and Equity Fund, alongside a debt package from ThinCats.

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The new management team, led by sales manager Barry Dodgson, now have plans to "significantly increase" revenue levels and are targeting export markets as well as new product offerings.

The transaction followed the retirement of the previous shareholders and will see non-executive director Nick Owen join the board alongside Mr Dodgson.

Commenting on working with Benchmark International, Ian Antrobus, former managing director of NWRS, said:

“Although we had previously dealt with another broker for a period of three years without any success we were recommended to engage with Benchmark.

After entertaining many interested purchasers James Robinson secured an interested party and led us by the hand to finalise a successful sale on 06 April 2021.

May we thank James and all colleagues for their assistance in maximising the full potential of our business sale after thirty-one years in business.”

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Printing & Packaging M&A In 2020

In the printing and packaging sectors, M&A activity has slowed since August of 2019 with around 14 percent fewer deals closing. Deal activity was strong at the beginning of 2020, and then the COVID-19 pandemic brought everything to a standstill in the spring, with activity starting to return to normal in late summer. In fact, there were 16 transactions in August, which happens to be the same number as August of 2019.

The pandemic has made it more challenging to complete deals because of social distancing and how it impacts personal relationships, but buyers have not lost their strategic focus. The packaging side of the business has shown a heightened level of interest in labels, corrugated cartons, and folding cartons. Private equity and large corporate investors remain in the game. There is increased interest in flexible packaging, but the number of these transactions has been limited by the availability of target businesses in this segment.

 

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Benchmark International Facilitated the Transaction of Four Colour Imports, LTD to Vivos Corp

Four Colour Imports, LTD (“Four Colour”) of Louisville, KY has been acquired by Vivos Corp of Manassas, VA.  Four Colour is a non-traditional printing and sales service provider specializing in book and catalog print. The company uses advanced technology to supply its clients with the highest quality pre-press, printing and book binding services.

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