French owners ‘consider’ M Group sale

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A merchantability of M Group Services is reportedly being considered by the UK-based firm’s French owner.

According to Bloomberg, PAI Partners is looking astatine perchance offloading M Group successful a woody worthy up to £1.5bn.

The French backstage equity radical is reportedly moving with Citigroup to measure the imaginable sale.

According to the Bloomberg report, talks are inactive successful their infancy and PAI could inactive determine connected keeping the business.

PAI, which manages £15bn successful assets, acquired M Group from backstage equity steadfast First Reserve successful 2018.

The holding institution for M Group Services reported a £61m nonaccomplishment past year. Revenue for the radical was besides down from £1.3bn to £1.26bn.

Debt costs of astir £49m, added to an operating nonaccomplishment caused by the pandemic, near Minerva Equity, the holding institution for M Group Services, with a pre-tax nonaccomplishment of £61m for the twelvemonth to 31 March 2021.

The vigor division, M Group Services’ largest, suffered the steepest drop, with gross falling from £448m to £378m, arsenic COVID-19 slowed its metering work. The transport part besides saw gross fall, from £193m to £181m, arsenic a alteration successful aviation enactment outstripped maturation successful the group’s obstruction work. Its h2o and telecoms divisions reported gross growth.

However, M Group Services is acceptable to person a £320m boost to gross for its transport concern owed to its acquisition of Skanska’s infrastructure services concern for an undisclosed magnitude successful April 2020. The takeover helped to boost M Group Services’ bid publication to £5.9bn.

The Skanska woody was the latest successful a drawstring of acquisitions by the group, which became the UK’s 10th-largest contractor successful the past year, with the Morrison Utility Services concern astatine its core.

The astir caller deal, struck successful January, saw M Group get Babcock International Group’s overhead powerfulness lines concern for £50m.