Ardbeg and Bruichladdich til salg
Duffer wrote: Hvis rygtet er sandt, at Ardbeg er ved at blive solgt til Diageo - så må nogle entusiaster nok se frem til en fremtid med mørkere skyer
Hmmm hvad er forskellen på at være ejet af Taskefirmaet-jadajadajada osv og så Diageo ?? Ja, Diageo ejer godtnok 2 Islay destillerier på forhånd, men her får de DESTILLERIET mht hype omkring nye aftapninger - same/same hvis du spørger mig. Og hvis rygtet VIRKELIGT skulle være sandt, så tror jeg ikke Diageo smider x-mio £ i et køb, bare for at drosle ned.
Men det vil tiden jo kun vise!
LVMH's whisky operation Glenmorangie is moving to a new head office at The Cube in Edinburgh city centre today.
The company behind the Ardbeg and Glenmorangie whisky brands has sold its 33-acre bottling plant and headquarters in Broxburn, West Lothian, to rival Diageo, the company behind Johnnie Walker whisky.
The six-storey glass-fronted Cube was designed by Allan Murray Architects and is owned by German real estate firm IVG.
Glenmorangie will relocate its bottling operation from Broxburn to a new £9 million plant in Livingston later this month.
Chief executive Paul Neep said of the move: "We believe it will help to reinforce the direction of our company and to retain and recruit the best people."
Self-Styled Whisky Connoisseur
Today the sale was officially announced. RÃƒÂ©my Cointreau will pay the staggering sum of £58 million for Bruichladdich and promised to keep all emloyees because they plan to double production. Apart from Mark Reynier leaving there are supposed to be no personal changes so far.
Earlier today Mark Reynier had posted a long personal statement on the Bruichladdich blog in which he explained he was outvoted 7 against 1 at the decisive board meeting. He mentioned an initial ‘Braveheart' spirit when RÃƒÂ©my showed their interest in the distillery, but stated he could not notice this spirit anymore when the decision was taken."
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"A fool and his money are soon parted"
Mark Reynier's statement after the sale of Bruichladdich
￼The Best Laid Plans
The deal has been signed for RÃƒÂ©my to buy Bruichladdich for £58m, the highest price ever paid for a single Scottish malt whisky distillery.
I am conscious that, for legal reasons, there has had to be a dearth of information surrounding this news, and in that vacuum some strange stories have been ci...rculating. Here's my explanation of the recent turn of events.
Bruichladdich was the first to be bought out of industry ownership and reopened as a private, operating, single malt distillery. It cost £6.5m in December 2000.
Banks were not accustomed to an individual wanting to buy a distillery. Disitlleries were, after all, the reserve of conglomerates and cartels. This hare-brained idea was turned down, out of hand, by every bank except one. And it took eleven months to get them signed up.
To have a chance to develop Bruichladdich along the lines I had in mind, time was essential. Private equity would be needed - and lots of it.
Finding equity investors was not so difficult, and knowing that the stocks of maturing Bruichladdich could be borrowed against, I knew how much equity investment it would take. At least I thought so.
Venture capital, corporate investors, or other sources of money would not be appropriate for the length of timeI had in mind. And any public subsidy or grants for such a project were, at that time, prohibited.
Consequently, I chose a number of ‘sophisticated investors', those for whom £100k was not their whole retirement nest egg, and to whom I could go to for more if it was necessary; and it was.
The investors were people I already knew through my wine business, were recommended, or were solicited from Islay. This meant a larger group of shareholders than usual for such a private venture. But it meant the company would not be beholden to any one person or interest; and
￼any single shareholder could sell up without endangering the rest of the project. With specific articles of association, no one could sell their shares to a third party before offering them to existing shareholders, securing the ‘back door' from unwanted attention.
To provide guidance, I chose as non-executive directors a businessman, an entrepreneur, an accountant, and as chairman, a baronet. This diverse mix of skills provided the advice, the checks and balance, the support - above and beyond the call - that has been essential, and with out which this project would surely have foundered. The one field they weren't experienced in, was brand building, and this would lead to continual friction.
To run the business, as executive directors, this iconoclast chose a distiller, a manager, and a salesman. As it turned out over the decade, we went through three of the latter - a playboy, a grinder and a real pro. These guys have given their all, slogged away through tough, times and dark days. At times it was frustratingly turgid, at others breathtakingly fluid, at all times it has been intense, but together we have wrestled and dragged this business along to where we are today.
With 60 shareholders we were obliged by the chairman to run Bruichladdich as a mini-public company. This great discipline, while tedious at first, rapidly became an indispensable benefit.
Around three offers to buy the business a year are received - mostly ridiculous, opportunistic cranky ones from overseas. These are easily vetted and discarded. Occasionally a more serious one comes in and then we are duty bound, on behalf of the shareholders, to give it due consideration, and then dismiss it. We had one of those from William Grant.
In 2008 the board decided that 2014 would be the crossroads for Bruichladdich. Stocks would be plentiful, sales would beat our maximum, the brand architecture established, the brand well developed. We would then have three options: float the company, sell it, or ‘stick'.
As forecast, the company's healthy profits more or less plateaued between 2009 and 2011 as firstly, the company moved from smaller volumes of limited edition, older stocks to larger volumes of younger,
￼own-distilled whiskies; and secondly, substantial investments were made in administrative systems, new spirit and the brand (as well as a couple of extraordinary items in 2011) as we developed, financed and positioned Bruichladdich for the imminent growth spurt.
With our own mature stocks finally coming on line, Bruichladdich has now entered the long-anticipated period of turbo-growth, from 2012 to 2014, with sales doubling to around 100k cases. This rapid growth was predicted in our original business plan, though I must admit, a year or two later than envisaged. Sales growth for the first six months of 2012 was 60% over 2011, profits for the year are expected to show an impressive increase. RÃƒÂ©my know exactly what they are paying for.
However, with any rapidly developing company there comes a time when larger capital sums are needed to finance greater growth, and for us that point would come towards 2014.
Our shareholders have been a content bunch. Even though we had never paid a dividend (all our profits being re-invested in the business) they have been pleased to be associated with such a successful brand and its ethos. Despite subscribing to a five year investment, rather than a twelve year one, none had ever asked to sell up. Instead, there has been only total support and encouragement.
Having only re-affirmed our 2014 denouement strategy at a January 2012 board meeting, along came RÃƒÂ©my. We discussed their initial ‘name your price' approach in a board meeting in March. There were exhortations of freedom worthy of Braveheart and rousing expressions of defiance from my fellow non executive directors: if RÃƒÂ©my were serious, they'll need to pay dear!
I guess they were serious. For at a board meeting a month later, convened expressly to consider the indicative offer the chairman had received, Braveheart was now nowhere to be seen. The board voted seven to one against me to accept the offer.
There were, I believe, a number of influencing factors such as health, wealth and happiness. Perhaps in a less volatile economic environment my fellow directors may have taken a different view to this albeit generous and opportune bird in the hand...
￼With the chairman recommending the deal to shareholders who would receive an eye-watering return on their investment acceptance by the necessary 60% - though with genuine expressions of regret - was a foregone conclusion.
RÃƒÂ©my, though a quoted company, is still directed by three members of the HÃƒÂ©riard Dubreuil family and their CEO Jean-Marie Laborde. Having met the family and his team several times, it is clear that they are on a mission to create an impressive, uber-premium, spirit-orientated business.
They are a dynamic bunch of guys who clearly understand and value what we have built up here at Bruichladdich. Indeed, it was no chance encounter; they have been following our progress closely since 2007. When it came to it they were prepared to dig deep to get hold of Bruichladdich. They wanted Bruichladdich because it is Bruichladdich, not a cheaper, blandola Glen McSporran. For that we should be very flattered.
RÃƒÂ©my have the resources to double production (creating more jobs) to take Bruichladdich, via their own distribution channels, to a level and an audience that we could only dream of. RÃƒÂ©my are taking the long view. A very long view. And that can only be a good and admirable thing.
I always knew the right suitor for Bruichladdich would come from outside the whisky industry, a company that would truly value what we have laboriously built up: even if I had written the specification myself, RÃƒÂ©my could not be a more suitable candidate. I feel confident that Bruichladdich will very much be in the right hands.
There is a feeling of unfinished business, that 2014 denouement. Could we have provided liquidity to shareholders and raised that extra capital from a flotation on a secondary exchange such as AIM? Or, could we have merely ‘stuck', stayed put at 100k cases and rewarded
￼shareholders with dividends? Bruichladdich, after all, has evolved into a rather unique type of company.
As with other RÃƒÂ©my businesses, Bruichladdich will continue to be a stand-alone company, operated from Islay, with Islay maturation and Islay bottling; having paid such a hefty price for Bruichladdich, the last thing the new owners are going to do is un-bruichladdich Bruichladdich.
Simon Coughlin will continue to run the show as he has done so effectively, while Jim, though he says he will retire in June 2013, I have no doubt will continue, at the very least, with his black art. In essence, Bruichladdich has merely exchanged 60 small shareholders for one bigger one. Bruichladdich will carry on as before.
And me? For a while, I had planned to be spending more time in Edinburgh as my son starts school there soon. When the deal is completed in three weeks or so (the speed of the transaction being a testament to the systems and that pesky public company level of information) I will leave the company, my role no longer existing, my job at an end. I may chose to continue with Bruichladdich in some form or other - we'll see when the dust settles.
Who knows? Perhaps there's a new Adventure out there somewhere, waiting to be discovered. But it could never be quite like this one.
Self-Styled Whisky Connoisseur