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Quinn bosses could decide to float group on the stock market

'An initial public offering (IPO) of the company would be a significant landmark for the business, which was acquired in 2014 for €98m (£84m) by a group of local businessmen' (stock photo)
'An initial public offering (IPO) of the company would be a significant landmark for the business, which was acquired in 2014 for €98m (£84m) by a group of local businessmen' (stock photo)

By John Mulligan

Quinn Industrial Holdings is considering options including a potential stock market flotation or private equity investment, the Belfast Telegraph understands.

Formerly the heart of Sean Quinn's business empire, Quinn Industrial Holdings' activities include the manufacturing of plastic packaging and building products.

It has experienced a surge in revenues and profitability despite the impact of Brexit uncertainty and currency fluctuations.

An initial public offering (IPO) of the company would be a significant landmark for the business, which was acquired in 2014 for €98m (£84m) by a group of local businessmen - John McCartin, John Bosco O'Hagan and Ernie Fisher - backed by US hedge funds Silver Point Capital, Brigade Capital and Contrarian Capital.

The US firms own more than 80% of the company.

Shareholders also include Quinn Industrial Holdings' management team, among them chief executive Liam McCaffrey. The company employs 830 people.

While an IPO is an option for the firm, market sources have cast doubt over the move given stock market volatility.

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The company declined to comment on any possible IPO or investment process.

However, it said that it "continues to assess a range of financing options to drive continuing growth".

Quinn Industrial Holdings, which has been subject to sabotage and intimidation over the past number of years, has invested €45m (£38.7m) in the business since 2014.

An additional €10m (£8.6m) in capital expenditure will be invested in it this year, compared to €21.7m (£18.7m) last year.

The investment has been fuelled almost exclusively from cashflow, the company's chief financial officer, Dara O'Reilly, said yesterday.

The business's turnover last year jumped 15% to €240m (£206.8m), while earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) rose 10% to €26.4m (£22.7m).

Its products include plastic packaging for food, as well as cement and concrete product manufacturing. Revenue has risen 50% since the business was bought, while EBITDA has more than quadrupled.

The growth in revenue last year was driven by volumes on the island of Ireland, where the firm generates just under half its sales. The remainder are from Great Britain.

Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph, Mr McCaffrey said the group could consider the construction of a manufacturing plant in Britain and added that future consolidation within the concrete manufacturing sector in Ireland could also present acquisition opportunities.

The firm is also planning to build its first ready-mix concrete facility in the Dublin region, at a site near the Naas roundabout, with an investment of between €2m (£1.7m) and €3m (£2.6m). It will capitalise on opportunities on the east coast.

The group will eventually target a 10% to 15% share of the Dublin ready-mix concrete market.

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