Published on: July 28, 2017

Bison deal concretes group growth ambitions

Brick and concrete products manufacturer Forterra has broadened its end markets and added to the group’s growth prospects with what we see as the opportunistic £20m acquisition of the trade and assets of Bison Manufacturing from loss-making construction group Laing O’Rourke. Forterra states that it would have cost over £35m to build the business itself on a greenfield site and estimates that the deal will make returns in excess of its cost of capital during 2019. We estimate it will at least break even in 2018.

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