Connaught plc

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Connaught plc
Public company (LSECNT)
IndustryOutsourcing
Founded1982
FounderWilliam Tincknell
HeadquartersExeter, UK
Key people
Sir Roy Gardner (Non-Executive chairman)[1]
Ian Carlisle (CEO)[2]
Revenue£659.6 million (2009)[3]
£32.6 million(2009)[3]
£17.5 million (2009)[3]

Connaught plc was a company in the United Kingdom, operating in the social housing, public sector and compliance markets. A constituent of the FTSE 250 Index, it went into administration in October 2010.

History[edit]

The business was founded by William Tincknell (1935-2018)[4] in 1982 as a concrete repair specialist and in 1986 won its first major social housing concrete repair contract.[5][6]

Expansion[edit]

During the early 1990s Connaught expanded its services to include external wall insulation and overcladding and latterly began refurbishing all external elements of social housing including roofs, windows and doors. The business also expanded geographically. The 1990s saw significant corporate changes at Connaught plc, first in 1996 a management buyout funded by HSBC private equity and again in 1998 when the business was floated on the Alternative Investment Market.[7] Mark Tincknell drove the business as CEO throughout this period.[8] By 2004 the business had acquired social housing service providers in Scotland and Wales and had revenues in the region of £300 million and negligible net debt. In 2005 Mark Davies was appointed CEO. In 2006 Stephen Hill, formerly at Serco, was appointed finance director. Connaught was fully listed on the London Stock Exchange in 2006 and by 2007 the company had become a constituent of the FTSE 250 Index.[6]

Having acquired Gasforce in 2002, Connaught appointed Altium Capital to advise on its regulatory obligations and acquisition strategy from 2003.[9] Connaught acquired seven other related businesses between 2005 and 2007 and became the UK's leading provider of integrated compliance services with the 2007 acquisition of National Britannia.[10][11] The acquisition of National Britannia cost the company £91 million, part funded by £57.9 million raised from investors.[12] During 2009 Connaught acquired the listed environmental services company Fountains plc for £13 million.[13][14]

Collapse[edit]

Connaught was shaken by a series of events triggered by the abrupt departure of its CEO Mark Davies in January 2010 following the sale of his shares valued at £5.5m.[15] After Connaught issued a positive statement, shareholders were surprised when the business issued a profits warning on 26 June 2010: the company explained that the emergency budget introduced by the new government had damaged the company's profitability.[16] Connaught subsequently warned of a 'material loss' for the year ended 31 August 2010.[15][17] Mark Tincknell, who had taken over the running of the business again when Davies departed, then resigned as CEO on 8 July 2010[18] and Ian Carlisle took over the post.[2]

Sir Roy Gardner was appointed chairman to Connaught's Board in May 2010, following the departure of chief executive Mark Davies.[1]

On 8 September 2010, Connaught plc and Connaught Partnerships, the company's social housing arm, were put into administration.[19]

In February 2011, Rentokil Initial acquired the Fumigation & Pest Control, Water Treatment & Hygiene and Fire Safety & Prevention businesses of Santia, formerly Connaught plc, for £5.6m.[20]

Regulatory investigation[edit]

The preparation, approval and audit of the financial statements leading up to the administration of Connaught plc were investigated by the Accounting and Actuarial Disciplinary Board.[21]

Operations[edit]

The Group was organised into three divisions:

  • Connaught Partnerships
  • Connaught Compliance
  • Connaught Environmental

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Connaught plc appoints Sir Roy Gardner as Non-Executive Chairman". Morning Star. 10 May 2010. Retrieved 14 October 2014.
  2. ^ a b "How Connaught reached the end of the line". This is money. 8 September 2010. Retrieved 14 February 2015.
  3. ^ a b c "Connaught plc Annual Report & Accounts 2009" (PDF). Connaught. 2009. Archived from the original (PDF) on 22 September 2010. Retrieved 11 September 2010.
  4. ^ "Long-time Nicholls owner Bill Tincknell dies aged 82". Racing Post. 21 May 2018. Retrieved 27 May 2018.
  5. ^ "Connaught aims to triple turnover". Contract Journal. 8 August 1996.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ a b "Connaught: History". Connaught. Retrieved 11 September 2010.[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ King, Dave (1999). "This little company went to market". Building. Retrieved 11 September 2010.
  8. ^ "Gardner shakes up management at Connaught". Financial Times. 8 July 2010. Retrieved 6 August 2015.
  9. ^ "Change of Adviser". Investegate. 9 September 2003. Retrieved 17 April 2016.
  10. ^ "City Briefing". The Guardian. London. 27 July 2002. Retrieved 11 September 2010.
  11. ^ "Connaught delivers record profit growth". 24dash.com. 22 April 2008. Archived from the original on 2 September 2010. Retrieved 11 September 2010.
  12. ^ "Connaught swoops for National Britannia". The Telegraph. 26 September 2007. Retrieved 17 April 2016.
  13. ^ "Connaught on track and ready to acquire". CNPlus. 15 July 2009. Retrieved 11 September 2010.
  14. ^ "UNITE forms partnership with Connaught". SED. Retrieved 2 June 2009.[permanent dead link]
  15. ^ a b Bowers, Simon (6 August 2010). "Connaught social housing maintenance group warns of 'material loss'". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 8 July 2012.
  16. ^ Bowers, Simon (28 June 2010). "Shares in social housing group Connaught plunge after profit warning blamed on budget". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 16 January 2012.
  17. ^ "Report to the Audit Committee year ended 31 August 2008". Retrieved 8 July 2012.
  18. ^ "Departing executives at ailing housing contractor Connaught sold £16.6m in shares". The Guardian. 8 July 2010. Retrieved 14 February 2015.
  19. ^ Teather, David (7 September 2010). "Connaught appoints administrators after failing to secure new funding". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 7 September 2010.
  20. ^ Rentokil Initial has bought the environmental services division of Santia Group from the administrators of Connaught Construction Index, 15 February 2011
  21. ^ "AADB announces investigation in connection with Connaught plc". Financial Reporting Council. 29 November 2010. Archived from the original on 3 March 2014. Retrieved 19 May 2013.