Kunick PLC, the UK gaming machine and leisure services company, has confirmed today that it has received a bid from a management team led by Colin Daniels to take the company private. The bid is being backed by Electra Partners Europe.
In a statement Kunick said that: “the Board asked management to evaluate the possibility of taking the business private in order to deliver value for shareholders, while finding the appropriate capital structure to fund long-term development of the business.
Kunick had a turnover of £159m last year and pre-tax profits of £9.71m. In the year prior to that these figures were £149m turnover and a loss of £5.4m – a time when the company issued two profits warnings and its CEO, Russell Smith resigned. Colin Daniels was his successor and set up restructuring the business and selling off non-core assets.
Kunick’s share price was 13.8p on Friday, giving the company a market capitalisation of £30.3m. In the statement Kunick said that it expected the offer to come in at 17.5p per share, valuing it at £40m. Prior to the profit warnings in 2000, Kunick's share price had reached 38p.