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Hellaby to sell equipment unit for $81m

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 28/06/2016 Tina Morrison

Hellaby Holdings agreed to sell its equipment group to private equity group Maui Capital Aqua Fund for $81 million.

It will use the funds to reduce debt and expand its core automotive and resource services groups.

The diversified investor received an unsolicited approach from Maui Capital as it was working through a strategic analysis of its business model and agreed to accept the offer.

It will realise a capital gain on book value of about $30m after costs and working capital adjustments, the Auckland-based company said.

Hellaby is restructuring its business under managing director Alan Clarke who joined the company last November, to focus on its automotive and resource services units.

It is exiting non-core businesses such as the heavy equipment sales, servicing and forklift rental business and its footwear unit.

"With the sale of the Equipment Group, Hellaby has identified Automotive and Resource Services as its core business groups," Mr Clarke said. "Both sectors offer considerable development, scale and investment potential and will be Hellaby's primary focus for acquisition and organic growth."

Hellaby is targeting the trans-Tasman automotive trade services sector which it estimates to be worth about $3 billion a year, and resource services in the global oil and gas market which is worth more than $200 billion a year.

"We believe that together, these two groups have the potential to deliver over $1 billion in revenue with attractive profits in five years' time and Hellaby is well positioned to realise this ambition," Mr Clarke said.

Hellaby shares last traded at $2.47, and have shed 16 per cent this year.

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