Algeco strengthens Spanish business with acquisition of Balat
London (4 December 2019) - Algeco Group, the leading modular space leasing business in Europe and Asia Pacific, today announces that it is continuing its growth strategy by agreeing to acquire Alquibalat, S.L. (“Balat”) in Spain.
Based in Pamplona, Balat is a leader in the Spanish market for the rent and sale of modular buildings, with a strong presence in the construction sector. It operates 14,000 units from 15 sites in Spain and Portugal, including in Madrid, Barcelona, Bilbao, Coruna, Malaga, Seville, and Valencia, cities where Algeco is already active.
Balat had revenues of €27m in 2018 and has about 150 employees. The transaction, which is subject to review by CNMC, the Spanish competition authority, is expected to close in the first quarter of 2020.
Mike Smith, Chairman of Algeco, said: “I am delighted to strengthen our presence in Spain through the acquisition of Balat, our second purchase in recent months. Our southern European business has been one of our strongest performers and we see ample opportunities to offer our 360 range of value-added products and services to Balat’s customers.”
Rafael Baranda, Managing Director of Balat, said: “We are looking forward to joining the Algeco Group and extending the range of services we can offer to our customers. Both companies are united in their common interest to strengthen the businesses and to enhance the career opportunities of their people.”
About Balat Balat has been a leader in the rental and sale of prefabricated modular buildings for more than 30 years. With strong technical and R&D capabilities, Balat operates in Spain, Portugal and France.
About Modulaire Group
Modulaire Group is the world’s leading business services company specialising in modular space. We create smart spaces for people to live, work and learn. Our business is designed to help customers find the right space solution, no matter what their requirements. Modulaire Group has operations in 24 countries with approximately 250,000 modular space and portable storage units and 3,400 remote accommodations rooms. The company operates as Algeco in Europe, Elliott in the United Kingdom, BUKO Huisvesting, BUKO Bouw & Winkels and BUKO Bouwsystemen in The Netherlands, Malthus Uniteam and Wexus in Norway, Ausco in Australia, Portacom in New Zealand, and Algeco Chengdong in China.
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