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Hill & Smith Hldgs PLC
04 August 2016

4 August 2016


Hill & Smith Holdings PLC

Acquisition of Signature Limited


Hill & Smith Holdings PLC ('Hill & Smith' or 'the Group'), the international group with leading positions in the supply of infrastructure products and galvanizing services to global markets, today announces that it has completed the acquisition of Signature Limited ("Signature") for a total cash consideration of £12.5m, on a debt and cash free basis (the "Acquisition").  The consideration will be funded from the Group's existing bank facilities.


Based in the UK, Signature was a subsidiary of Plastic Omnium SA and specialises in the development, manufacture, installation and maintenance of street lighting columns, road sign and traffic management systems. In the year to 31 December 2015, Signature recorded turnover of £14.8m, operating profit of £1.9m (before Plastic Omnium SA group charges), and had net operating assets, on a debt and cash free basis of £4.0m. The Acquisition is expected to be earnings enhancing to the Group in the first full financial year following the Acquisition.


Derek Muir, Group Chief Executive, commented: "Signature has an excellent range of long established products which will complement our existing product offering into the UK roads market."


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Cautionary Statement

This announcement contains forward looking statements which are made in good faith based on the information available at the time of its approval. It is believed that the expectations reflected in these statements are reasonable but they may be affected by a number of risks and uncertainties that are inherent in any forward looking statement which could cause actual results to differ materially from those currently anticipated. Nothing in this document should be regarded as a profits forecast nor should it be taken to mean that earnings per share of Hill & Smith in the year ending 31 December 2016, or in future years, will necessarily match or exceed the Group's historical earnings per share.


For further information, please contact:


Hill & Smith Holdings PLC

Derek Muir, Group Chief Executive                                             Tel:  44 (0)121 704 7430

Mark Pegler, Group Finance Director


MHP Communications

John Olsen/Andrew Leach/Ollie Hoare                                     Tel:  44 (0)20 3128 8100



Notes to Editors

Hill & Smith Holdings PLC is an international group with leading positions in the design, manufacture and supply of infrastructure products and galvanizing services to global markets. It serves its customers from facilities principally in the UK, France, USA, Thailand, Sweden, Norway, India and Australia.


The Group's operations are organised into three main business segments:


Infrastructure Products - Utilities, supplying products and services such as pipe supports for the power and liquid natural gas markets, energy grid components, composite "GRP" products, plastic drainage pipes, industrial flooring, handrails, access covers and security fencing.


Infrastructure Products - Roads, supplying products and services such as permanent and temporary road safety barriers, street lighting columns, bridge parapets, gantries, temporary car parks, variable road messaging solutions and traffic data collection systems.


Galvanizing Services which provides zinc and other coatings for a wide range of products including fencing, lighting columns, structural steel work, bridges, agricultural and other products for the infrastructure and construction markets.


Headquartered in the UK and quoted on the London Stock Exchange (LSE: HILS.L), Hill & Smith Holdings PLC employs some 4,100 staff.

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