A week ago, Bridgestone announced its acquisition of 42 Reiff Reifen und Autotechnik retail outlets in Germany from the now-bankrupt Fintyre Group business. The insolvency administrator handling the Fintyre case reports that buyers have also been found for two further Fintyre businesses, Duro Reifenservice GmbH and Reifen24 GmbH.
The insolvency administrator handling the case of 16 Fintyre Group companies in Germany reports further progress. Miguel Grosser from law and insolvency administration firm JAFFÉ states that 31 TyreXpert, Secura and Duro retail outlets are selling tyres again and providing a full range of customer services. Other centres, including those belonging to Reiff Reifen und Autotechnik, can operate on a “restricted” basis but not sell new products.
Hundreds of people employed by Fintyre Group subsidiaries in Germany didn’t receive their wages or salaries for January, and it looks like this unhappy situation occurred again a month later. Disgruntled employees have contacted our German affiliate to confirm the lightness of their bank accounts, but apparently, they’ll soon become weightier.
Tyre wholesaler European FinTyre Distribution (EfTD), a Bain Capital company, reports a turnover of 1.1 billion euros for the 2018 financial year, a 46 per cent year-on-year increase. EBITDA reportedly rose 83 per cent year-on-year. This positive net cash flow helped finance its acquisition of RS Exclusiv, which was completed in May 2019 and increased the group’s turnover to approximately 1.2 billion euros. According to chief executive officer Mauro Pessi, the company anticipates a turnover of 1.3 billion euros this year.
Following on from last week’s announcement of the respective appointments of Michael Schwöbel und Michael Borchert as chief financial officer and chief commercial officer, London-based platform company European finTyre Distribution has announced the hiring of a new chief executive officer for its recently-acquired operations in Germany. As of 15 November, Claudio Passerini has taken on this role at European finTyre Distribution Germany Holding GmbH, Reiff Reifen und Autotechnik GmbH and tyre1 GmbH & Co. KG.
This year specialist private equity firm Bain Capital has been busy making strategic acquisitions in the European tyre wholesale and retail sectors. First off the company bought Italian tyre wholesaler Fintyre from previous owners Bluegem Capital back in March. Then at the end of June the firm added the German Reiff operation to its portfolio, an acquisition that was subsequently approved by the EC in August. Tyres & Accessories recently interviewed Ivano Sessa, one of Bain Capital Private Equity’s managing directors, and learnt that there are plans for further mergers and acquisitions with a view to creating a “larger tyre distribution group across Europe”.
A further step towards consolidation within Europe’s tyre wholesaling sector has been taken with the European Commission approving the sale of Reiff Reifen und Autotechnik to US private equity fund Bain Capital Investors LLC. The new owner states its intention to become a regional leader within this business.
Further consolidation has taken place within the tyre trade, and Germany’s Reiff Reifen und Autotechnik will soon be a sister company to Italian tyre wholesaler Fintyre. London-based platform European Tyres Distribution Ltd., parent company of Fintyre, has entered into a binding agreement with Germany’s Reiff Group to acquire its tyre and car technology business area.