Brakes Group

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As reported in 2002: "Brake Brothers, Britain's largest distributor of frozen food to restaurants, was yesterday snapped up in a deal that will net the families of the three founding brothers more than £80m each. Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, a US-based private equity firm, is paying 825p a share, or £434m, and taking on Brake Brothers' £178m of debt. The family, which owns 58pc of the company, has accepted the offer and the board yesterday recommended it to shareholders.

"The decision came as a shock to South Africa's Bidvest Group, the second largest player in the British market and Brake Brothers' most likely suitor. The rival company made its intentions clear with a formal submission to the Office of Fair Trading for merger clearance on April 8.... But the 68-year-old chairman Frank Brake, whose decision to retire precipitated the sale of the business, yesterday indicated that the deal was effectively done."" [1]


Accessed June 2012: [2]



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  1. telegraph Brake Brothers sold to US investment firm, organizational web page, accessed June 20, 2012.
  2. Board, organizational web page, accessed June 20, 2012.