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PwC assists divestment of Rigidal Industries LLC to Ireland’s Kingspan Group Plc

Dubai – 14 August 2012: PwC, the international professional services firm, acted as the lead sell-side advisor to the shareholders of Rigidal Industries LLC (the “Company”) in successfully divesting the entire shareholding to Kingspan Group Plc (“Kingspan”), the listed Ireland based manufacturer of building components.
The acquisition of the Company, a leading manufacturer and fabricator of aluminium and steel roofing and cladding systems based in the UAE, provides Kingspan with a strong base to address the GCC market and offer complementary products. The transaction serves Kingspan’s strategy to grow the business of sustainable building envelopes through modern methods of construction.

PwC played a key role in identifying Kingspan as a potential strategic buyer leveraging on its strong global network that supports accessibility to investors worldwide. In the current challenging market conditions, PwC successfully effected this cross-border transaction for a maximum total value of USD 38.6m, owing to the strong relationships it shared with both the shareholders and Kingspan and by running a coordinated sale process efficiently. The transaction reinforces PwC’s hands-on, relationship driven approach in assisting shareholders realise value.  

Nitin Khanna, Partner at PwC who led the transaction, commented:  “This sale was driven by the desire of the existing shareholders to monetise value whilst bringing on board a suitably positioned strategic investor who is capable of accelerating the Company’s progress and help develop its business further. We were seen as a trusted business advisor by both sides, an attribute that enabled the deal and the related documentation to be completed quickly and in a harmonious manner. The transaction affirms PwC’s position as a leading M&A advisory practice with strong access to investors globally, enabling us to successfully close transactions even in difficult market conditions.”

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