British Car Auctions bought by Haversham Holdings for £1.2billion

Time 3:28 pm, March 26, 2015

061113-2-bcaBRITISH Car Auctions and Haversham Holdings have reached an agreement on the terms of the £1.2billion deal under which Haversham becomes the new owner of BCA.

The deal will see Haversham pay £701million in cash and issue £104million in shares to BCA’s shareholders, including previous owners Clayton, Dubilier & Rice. Haversham also will pay £453.2 million in cash to BCA’s lenders.

This cash and stock deal will be funded by £1.03billion share placement and £200million loan.

Haversham has proposed to change the auction house’s name to BCA Marketplace. The new company is expected to list on the main board of the London Stock Exchange.

Haversham executive chairman Avril Palmer-Baunack said: ‘The acquisition of BCA represents an important strategic step for Haversham into the automotive sector.

‘BCA is a market-leading business with a unique position in the used vehicle marketplace. Haversham’s management team sees exciting growth opportunities in the changing European used vehicle market and plans to refresh BCA’s strategy to enhance its strong growth record.’

CD&R partner David A. Novak said: ‘We have been delighted with our investment in BCA. The operating improvements and growth initiatives implemented with management under our ownership have transformed BCA from a traditional used vehicle physical auction business into a multi-channel marketplace. They have provided BCA with a strong foundation for continued growth and a rewarding future.

‘We are confident that the talented group of managers at the company, under the leadership of Avril Palmer-Baunack and the Haversham team, will continue to drive strong performance in the future.’

BCA was founded in 1946 as Southern Counties Car Auctions and sells more than 12,000 vehicles a week across the United Kingdom and Europe. The is predicting 2014 revenue of about 886 million pounds.

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Rebecca has been a motoring and business journalist since 2014, previously writing and presenting for titles such as the Press Association, Auto Express and Car Buyer. She has worked in many roles for Car Dealer Magazine’s publisher Blackball Media including head of editorial.

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