Remy Cointreau will complete its purchase of Bruichladdich later this summer

Remy Cointreau will complete its purchase of Bruichladdich later this summer

Remy Cointreau has concluded its hunt for Bruichladdich Distillery Company with a GBP58m (US$90.3m) purchase of the Islay-based Scotch whisky producer.

The company, which confirmed earlier this month that it had started discussions with Bruichladdich, announced earlier this morning (23 July) that it has bought the distiller for GBP48m and assumed debt of GBP10m. The transaction, which represents an enterprise value to EBITDA of 24x, and EV to sales of 5x, should close within the next six weeks.

Bruichladdich was acquired from Beam Global Spirits & Wines in late-2000 by Murray McDavid, a malt bottling business set up by two London wine merchants and a member of the family that owned whisky distiller Springbank, for $10.1m.

The transaction price represents a return of seven times the initial share price, according to Bruichladdich's MD, Mark Reynier.

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Rémy Cointreau UK Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Rémy Cointreau Group has agreed to acquire Bruichladdich Distillery Company Limited (“Bruichladdich”), the Islay single malt Scotch whisky distiller.  

The transaction marks the group’s first move into the premium single malt Scotch whisky market, a category experiencing strong growth all over the world, especially in the very high-end segment. 

This deal sustains Rémy Cointreau’s long term value strategy, geared to investing into international premium spirits with strong “savoir-faire”.  

Bruichladdich, the progressive Hebridean distiller, was purchased in December 2000 by Mark Reynier and a group of private investors who resurrected the Victorian distillery developing it in to an exciting brand with worldwide acclaim. 

Total transaction value amounts to £58m, comprising of £48m for the acquisition of the entire share capital of Bruichladdich and estimated debt of £10m that Rémy Cointreau will assume.  

Jean-Marie Laborde, Chief Executive Officer of Rémy Cointreau said: “The acquisition of Bruichladdich, a renowned Islay single malt with a rich and exciting heritage, is a great opportunity to enrich our high-end portfolio of brands and to confirm our strategy in the spirits luxury segment. We expect Bruichladdich to sit proudly alongside our other brands and we look forward to working closely with Bruichladdich’s experienced and passionate management team”.  

Sir John Mactaggart, Chairman of Bruichladdich declared: “This is an excellent transaction for Bruichladdich, the Islay community and a wonderful opportunity for the company to reach its full potential, under the stewardship of Rémy Cointreau with their strong distribution network and their experienced brand development. I’m confident that Bruichladdich will establish itself as one of the Scotch whisky industry’s best known and acclaimed premium brands.” 

Completion of the transaction is expected to occur within 6 weeks.   


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