Harrogate headquartered Vp acquires Brandon Hire Group

Harrogate equipment rental specialist Vp has acquired acquired Brandon Hire Group Holdings and its subsidiaries for a cash consideration of £41.6m and assumed net debt of approximately £27.2m.

The acquisition has been funded from new banking facilities with the group’s lenders.

Established in 1971, Brandon Hire has more than 900 employees and operates from a network of 143 locations across the UK.

Brandon Hire operates a full range of tool hire equipment with an operational model which is closely aligned to Vp’s own specialist tool hire business, Hire Station.

Jeremy Pilkington, Chairman of Vp plc, says: “The acquisition of a well established business of the size and quality of Brandon Hire is a significant development for Vp.

“We have, over recent years, developed an industry leading specialist tool hire business in the UK.

“This transaction represents a major step change in the scale and scope of our specialist tool hire offering.

“The Vp and Brandon Hire business cultures are closely aligned and we look forward to working with all of the Brandon Hire employees in developing the business further over the coming years.”

Neil Stothard, chief executive of Vp plc, said: “Brandon Hire is a long established, well managed profitable business which is an extremely positive addition to the Vp group.

“With an extensive branch network, Brandon Hire is an excellent geographic fit with our current specialist tool hire operations and we expect this acquisition to be earnings enhancing to the group in the first twelve months of ownership.”