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Burson Group Limited to acquire Metcash Automotive Holdings

23 06 2015

Burson Group Limited has entered into a binding agreement to acquire 100% of Metcash Automotive Holdings Pty Ltd.

Metcash Automotive Holdings is one of Australia’s leading wholesalers and distributors of automotive aftermarket parts and accessories. The company distributes parts and accessories to a marketing network that includes a total of ten distribution centres, handling more than 130,000 stock keeping units through 416 stores and outlets under the Autobarn, Autopro, Carparts, ABS and Midas brands along with approximately 3,000 other aftermarket customers nationwide through its ATAP, IBS and Garrmax channels.

This exciting acquisition is highly complementary to Burson Auto Parts’ position in the Australian automotive aftermarket industry. It also adds immediate scale to Burson Auto Parts’ wholesale and distribution business, enhancing its competitive position and service levels for customers.

In addition to adding retail and service channels to the Australian company’s operations, this acquisition also complements Burson Auto Parts’ strong trade customer focus. The growth strategy for the Burson Auto Parts branded store network remains unchanged, including its target of opening a total of 175 trade stores across Australia by June 2019. The current total number of Burson Auto Parts stores has already reached 127, located in all states and territories across Australia.

According to Burson Auto Parts Chief Executive Officer, Darryl Abotomey, “This acquisition represents a unique and exciting opportunity to enhance Burson Auto Parts’ position in the Australian automotive aftermarket parts industry and to deliver on our key strategic objectives. The acquisition complements our current trade focus, delivers increased scale and opens exciting new avenues of growth for our company. Metcash Automotive Holdings is a high quality business where we see a number of opportunities to drive growth under Burson Auto Parts’ ownership.”

The existing experienced senior management team of Metcash Automotive Holdings, led by Paul Dumbrell, has committed to remain with Burson Auto Parts following this acquisition.

“I am proud of our support office team, franchisees, members and customers who have partnered with us to grow the Metcash Automotive Holdings group into a strong business within the Australian automotive aftermarket. The opportunity to work with Darryl and the Burson Auto Parts team is one that I believe will benefit the whole group, and I look forward to many more exciting opportunities in the future,” Mr Dumbrell stated.

Burson Auto Parts trade customers nationwide can look forward to the direct benefits of the many operating synergies that will be gained through this acquisition, which can only ensure even better service from Australia’s preferred trade supplier of automotive parts, tools and equipment.

This acquisition will present exciting opportunities for the long term career and ascension prospects for Burson Auto Parts and Metcash Automotive Holdings staff as the entire project is geared for total company growth across all sectors, as opposed to company downsizing or consolidation.

The true blue Australian success story that is Burson Auto Parts has embarked on its most exciting step yet and looks forward to delivering unprecedented levels of trade customer reach, product range and service in line with the company’s strategic growth.

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