Will the rooster be lured by TP?

TP/Galiform merger rumours continue

Published:  07 October, 2009

LONDON: City traders attribute Galiform's 4.05p share price rise to 77.3p this morning to renewed speculation of an imminent takeover.

Galiform, better known as the Howdens joinery group, is now valued at just over £400m. It issued an upbeat trading statement in July, reporting better than expected margins and debt reduction.

Analysts believe Galiform and Travis Perkins would fit well together. The merger talk also boosted Travis Perkins, up 12.5p to 823.5p, today.

Although speculation about a merger has been doing the rounds for some time, it has been growing stronger in recent days.

Galiform Plc came into existence in October 2006, when MFI Furniture Group sold its retail business and subsequently changed its name.

The group’s Howden Joinery  supplies over 400 000 kitchens each year to UK homes. A British business, it prides itself "on a sense of local community, traditional values and long-established relationships that thrive" in each of its 450 trade depots.

Sign Up

For the Builders' Merchants News enewsletter.

In the spotlight


Builders Merchants Vacancies – UK Wide

At Arco, we are an industry specific recruitment consultancy, providing sales and managerial staff Nationwide to Merchants, Distributors and Manufacturers of Building Materials within the Construction Sales Sector. Priding ourselves on our unparalleled customer service and hard work, we offer a fresh, innovative and personal approach to recruitment specifically designed to meet our clients’ needs and candidates’ skills.

Guest Blog by Simon Damp

Is DIY a lost art?

As time goes by, the art of do-it-yourself when it comes to activities around the home and garden is fast becoming more and more of a lost art.