Oasis Europe has historically had a strong relationship with The Pier and recently acted for Graphite Capital in their sale of the Dewhurst butchers chain. In a difficult market-place the eventual buyer was Lloyd Maunder, a supplier seeking vertical integration. This was a relatively complex transaction involving the transfer of approximately 120 leases and the strategic plan for 3 different butchers brands. We have also worked for brand owners in diverse markets including sporting goods, Webley and Scott, and branded household products - a current assignment.
Distribution continues to be a dynamic sector. Although some companies in the field tend to be subjected to varied pressures including the tendency of larger clients to 'go direct' to the manufacturer/principal to get better terms, and the inclination of the manufacturer to go after the end-user directly to capture more margin, significant value can be added and created in this area.
Recent examples of our work in this area include the sale of Price Tools, the power tool wholesaler to BBS Group plc, and of Electro Controls Ltd to Watts Water Technologies, the NYSE-listed firm.