Clearwater International UK advises on the sale of Manthorpe Building Products Holdings Ltd, to Polypipe Group plc

Clearwater International UK has advised the shareholders on the sale of Manthorpe Building Products Holdings Limited (Manthorpe), and certain property assets, to LSE-listed Polypipe Group plc (Polypipe), in a deal valued at c.€58.5m (£52m).

Manthorpe is a leading designer and manufacturer of moulded, extruded plastic and metal products to the UK and Irish residential and RMI (repair, maintenance and improvements) markets.

The business is based in Ripley, Derbyshire, from where it sells to a diverse customer base of merchants and specialist distributors across the UK and Ireland.

Polypipe is the largest manufacturer in the UK, and among the ten largest manufacturers in Europe, of plastic piping systems for the residential, commercial, civils and infrastructure sectors by revenue. It is also a leading designer and manufacturer of energy efficient ventilation systems in the UK.

The acquisition is in line with Polypipe’s strategy of broadening its market reach in water and climate management solutions, providing a “one stop shop” for its customers, and exploiting the key growth drivers of legislative tailwinds and legacy material substitution. Manthorpe is well-positioned to capitalise on these growth drivers given its range of differentiated, specifiable, value-adding product solutions. Its offering is complementary to Polypipe’s existing capabilities and will further Polypipe’s market leading positions in the water and climate management spaces.

The Clearwater International team consisted of Partners Jon Hustler and Constantine Biller, Director Dan Salt, Associate Mike Slater and Executive Dan Delooze.

“Manthorpe is a long-established, high quality business. We were delighted to act for the shareholders, and believe it will continue to thrive under its new owners.”

Jon Hustler, Partner, Clearwater International

The sale of Manthorpe by Clearwater International follows the recent disposals by our team of composite door manufacturer DW3 Products Holdings Ltd, to US-listed Masonite Corporation Inc, for €80m; and the sale of Domus Group, the tile distribution business, to UK-listed Headlam Group plc, for €40m. This confirms there is appetite to acquire high quality assets in the wider building products sector.