Kier completes shares issue to progress Mouchel takeover

KierKier Group has raised almost £312m from a share rights issue to help fund the acquisition of infrastructure consultant Mouchel.

Nearly 92 per cent of the underwritten rights issue shares on offer were taken up raising £311m, with investment banks J.P. Morgan Securities and Numis Securities taking the remainder of the £340m balance.

The £265m takeover deal will now be completed on June 8th, with the extra cash raised helping to cover Mouchel’s debt and integration costs.

The Mouchel deal will create a new enlarged group with a combined order book of £9.3 billion, comprising Kier’s order book of £6.5bn and Mouchel’s order book of £2.8bn.

Kier expects to deliver £10m in annual cost savings, including £4.4m a year in corporate savings from reducing Mouchel’s board.

On completion of the transaction, Haydn Mursell will become CEO of the expanded group.

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