Edinburgh firm John Menzies buys marketing firm for £20m

John Menzies truck and staff member John Menzies said the acquisition would take its distribution arm into new business sectors

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John Menzies is to expand its printed media distribution operations after buying a logistics and marketing services company in a deal worth up to £20m.

The distribution and aviation firm said it had reached agreement to acquire the entire issued share capital of Kent-based Orbital Marketing Services Group.

Orbital is 51% owned by BP Direct Mail Company and 49% by Rydlings.

John Menzies said the move would take its distribution arm into new sectors.

Under the terms of the deal, the Edinburgh-based group will pay £7.7m up front with a further £5.9m payable at the end of 2014.

Up to a further £6.3m may be paid over if "exceptionally high levels of profit performance" were to be achieved by December 2014.

Orbital comprises a portfolio of UK-based logistics and marketing services businesses serving the travel, tourism, education, charity, publishing and healthcare sectors.

Orbital, which reported an operating profit of £2.2m last year, was established in 1972 and employs more than 550 staff at nine locations across the UK.

John Menzies chairman Iain Napier commented: "This acquisition allows us to expand our printed media distribution footprint whilst also taking a large stride into adjacent growth areas.

"The team are now focused on integrating these new businesses and driving through the significant synergies that have been identified."

He added: "While the majority of the group's expansion will continue to come from our industry-leading aviation services business, this acquisition allows Menzies Distribution to grow by enlarging its printed media distribution capabilities and opening up new markets with strong growth opportunities."

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