UK - Lancashire based ink company Wolstenholme Group has been sold to German firm Eckart GmbH & Co in a deal for around £22m, with the proceeds used to buy out the deficits of its pension fund.
Explaining the background to the deal, Andrew Rink managing director of Wolstenholme Group, explained the company was tackling a number of challenges. This involved operating in a very tough market with high metal prices, and in addition the pension scheme had a significant deficit which it needed to address.
“The decision to sell has not been easy but we believe this sale is the best solution for all concerned. The proceeds from the sale will be used to buy out in full the deficit in the UK company defined benefit pension scheme at a cost of £10m,” said Rink.
The sale price of the firm is around £22m, this includes £16m for the business, £2m for production equipment and approximately £4m for stock.
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