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Major container solutions providers announced merger

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Hoover Container Solutions (Hoover), Ferguson Group (Ferguson) and CHEP Catalyst & Chemical Containers (CCC), three of the leading global providers of container solutions products in the energy, petrochemical and general industrial markets, have announced that they are merging to form Hoover Ferguson Group (HFG).

Global supply chain solutions company, Brambles Limited, the owner of Ferguson and CCC, and First Reserve, the owner of Hoover, a leading private equity and infrastructure investment firm exclusively focused on energy, reached an agreement on 4 August 2016 to form a 50:50 joint venture through the merger.

Hoover Ferguson Group brings together three industry leading service providers with demonstrated commitments to world class customer service, operational excellence and quality. The combined HFG business will provide their full range of customers with leading products and solutions through an unparalleled global network of more than 70 service centres and 550 expert team members.

The new company will have a leading market presence in every major energy basin and petrochemical manufacturing centre, with more than 110 000 rental units worldwide. HFG will also be a worldwide leader in the manufacturing of a comprehensive range of intermediate bulk containers (IBCs) and offshore workspace and accommodation modules. This combination presents a leader in the IBC, cargo carrying unit (CCUs) and offshore modules segments by delivering a globally diverse platform providing customers with a full suite of products and services.

Donald W. Young, CEO of Hoover, will lead the new company, supported by a management team comprised of senior executives from Ferguson, CCC, Hoover and Brambles. He commented, “This strategic merger is a great opportunity for all three companies to expand complementary products and service offerings while also broadening our relationships with existing and potential customers. This will strengthen our product and service line offering worldwide. Hoover Ferguson Group combines the very best people, solutions and industry expertise, which allows us to continue to provide quality products and unparalleled customer service to all of our clients.”

Neil Wizel, Managing Director at First Reserve stated, “This is a great moment for Hoover, and we are excited to continue our support of Donnie Young and his team through this transformative merger. Hoover has proven to be an accomplished operator and reliable solutions provider for its customers. We believe this merger represents an opportunity for Hoover to expand its capabilities and offerings on a global scale, and we look forward to working in partnership with Brambles to grow the combined business and further enhance the company’s offering to its customers.”

Tom Gorman, CEO of Brambles, remarked, “Brambles is excited to partner with First Reserve in the creation of HFG, a new, truly global provider of logistics services to the oil and gas and chemical sectors. Along with industry and supply chain expertise, the enhanced scale and strong capital structure of HFG provide it with a solid foundation from which to grow and support its customers. We expect a smooth integration of Ferguson, CCC and Hoover that reflects the close cultural fit and long history of operational excellence and customer focus.”

The merger transaction anticipates completion during October 2016, subject to regulatory clearance and the satisfaction of customary conditions.

Adapted from press release by Rosalie Starling

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