Murdock Builders Merchants acquires Brooks Group.
Murdock Builders Merchants, the Newry headquartered timber suppliers and builders’ merchants, has announced the acquisition of Brooks Group, comprising Brooks Builders Merchants and Dublin Plywood and Veneer (‘DPV’), from Welsh based Premier Forest Products Group. The transaction is subject to the approval of the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission.
The transaction will lead to the return to Irish ownership, after a forty year interval, of Brooks, Ireland’s oldest name in builders merchanting and leads to the establishment of a strong competitive force in the market with significant reach throughout the island of Ireland. Murdocks has 10 branches and two timber processing facilities in Northern Ireland as well as four merchanting outlets in the Republic of Ireland. Brooks has seven builders’ merchants branches in the Republic and DPV has its timber distribution based in Dublin.
Announcing the transaction Ciaran Murdock of Murdocks said: “We are delighted to be announcing the acquisition of Brooks Group a business we have always held in high regard. Since establishing Murdock Builders Merchants in 1982, we have gradually built the Murdocks business by opening new branches along with some single site acquisitions. Today’s announcement marks an important strategic move in significantly broadening our footprint in the Republic through the Brooks business. We believe that this provides us with a great platform for further expansion in Ireland.
“It is also notable that Brooks, which was originally established in 1750 and has a long and storied heritage in timber provision and in merchanting in Ireland, returns to Irish ownership for the first time since 1981. We very much look forward to working with our new colleagues and the Brooks management team who have done such a good job in growing the business over the past number of years.”
Murdocks has also announced that, following completion of the acquisition, it plans to appoint Eddie Kelly as Chairman of Brooks Group. Eddie has had a significant career in Irish builders merchanting and as Chief Executive, led Grafton’s Merchanting business in Ireland for seven years prior to his recent retirement. Paul Lynch, former Executive Director at Heiton Group plc and CFO of Applegreen plc will also join the Board as a non-executive director following completion.