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    James Fisher and Sons acquires Divex

    Company News // March 7, 2013

    James Fisher and Sons plc has acquied Divex Limited (Divex) for an initial consideration of 20 million in cash plus a further maximum additional consideration of 13 million linked to future profitability targets.

    Divex is a leading supplier of diving equipment to the offshore oil industry and other sectors. It designs, assembles and distributes a broad range of diving products for commercial and military customers. Products range from diving helmets and breathing apparatus to large saturation diving systems and decompression chambers suitable for multi-occupancy. Divex is based in Aberdeen with operations in Australia, South Africa and Dubai and employs approximately 240 people.

    Derek Clarke and Doug Godsman the current Joint Managing Directors will continue with the business as will Doug Austin Managing Director Asia Pacific and Group Business Development Manager.

    The company's turnover in the year ended 30 November 2012 was 34.2 million with an EBITDA of 4.6 million and depreciation charge of 0.5 million. Net assets at the same date were 13.6 million and gross assets 26.5 million.

    Nick Henry, Chief Executive Officer of James Fisher and Sons plc, said: "Divex is a market leader in diving equipment for the oil and gas, and defence sectors. It is also the global leader in the design of saturated diving systems, which is a growing market. We believe that it will fit well with our Group both in terms of its market, customers and geographical spread."

    E C Hambro Rabben & Partners has acted as corporate adviser to James Fisher and Sons plc.

     

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