London – Ireland-based insulated panel giant, Kingspan has withdrawn from its proposed purchase of UK sandwich panel supplier Building Solutions.
The UK Competition and Mergers Authority (CMA) broke the news on 21 May when it announced it was cancelling its in-depth investigation into the purchase that had been announced on 23 April.
On 28 April, Kingspan and Building Solutions told the panel they were considering whether to continue with the proposed deal or abandon it. Kingspan told the CMA on 20 May the deal was off.
If the deal worth £37.5m ($ 42.5m) had gone through unaltered, only Tata group and limited imports of the panels would offer completion for rigid PU panel supply in the UK, according to the CMA.
Colin Rafferty, a senior director of the CMA, said in April: 'Kingspan is by far the largest player in the market, and this deal would involve it buying up one of its only two meaningful competitors. So we're concerned that the deal could damage competition, resulting higher prices or lower quality products.'
This is the second European takeover attempt that Kingspan has walked away from in just over a year. It withdrew an offer for Recticel on 7 May 2019.
That deal would have seen Recticel dismembered. Kingspan planned to keep the rigid foam business and to sell the flexible foam business to Austria's Greiner.
In April this year, Greiner became the sole owner of the previously 50:50 Eurofoam joint venture between it and Recticel.
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