GCA Altium is now part of Houlihan Lokey

Transaction Details

March 28, 2018


Industrials and Industrial Technology

Deal Type

Public takeover

Deal Team

Phil Adams, Paul Lines, Matthew Furness

GCA Altium advises Croda on its takeover of Plant Impact plc

GCA Altium acted as exclusive financial advisor to FTSE 100 chemicals firm Croda on the acquisition by its subsidiary Croda Europe of research and development company Plant Impact plc by way of a recommended cash offer. The transaction was announced initially in February, and has now become effective by means of a scheme of arrangement between Plant Impact and the shareholders.

Goole-based Croda Europe is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Croda, a £5.9 billion market capitalisation company incorporated in 1925. Croda, which employs over 4,200 employees across 36 countries, produces and markets high-performance speciality chemicals and technologies for some of the world’s biggest and most successful consumer brands that are used by many industries and end consumers.

AIM-listed Plant Impact researches and develops crop enhancement chemistry to improve crop yield and quality. The Plant Impact group’s head office and research facility are at the Rothamsted Centre for Research and Enterprise in Harpenden, UK. It also runs important regional commercial operations in Brazil, the USA, Argentina and West Africa. Plant Impact employs approximately 60 full-time staff with commercial sales in more than 14 countries.

Steve Foots, Group Chief Executive of Croda, said: “I’m delighted to be announcing Croda Europe’s acquisition of Plant Impact. This is high-quality, novel technology that further expands our position in the crop care sector and supports our strategy of investing in high-growth markets and world-leading technologies. Plant Impact has assembled a great team, and we’re really excited to work with them to accelerate development of this business.”

Phil Adams, CEO of GCA Altium, commented: “It was a pleasure to work with Croda and the legal team at EY on this transaction. The process required us collectively to work at a very high pace and we are delighted to have achieved a successful outcome.”

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