Cleanaway acquires SKM Recycling for $66 million 

Cleanaway acquires assets of SKM Recycling Group for $66 million. 

Waste management company Cleanaway has acquired the assets of SKM Recycling Group (SKMP) for $66 million.

The acquisition follows the public sale conducted by KordaMentha, who were appointed receivers and managers of SKM by Cleanaway following the acquisition of the senior secured debt in SKM.

Cleanaway will acquire the properties, plant and equipment and certain other assets of SKM for approximately $66 million, subject to customary completion adjustments.

The acquisition will provide Cleanaway with a network of five recycling sites, including three material recovery facilities and a transfer station in Victoria and a material recovery facility in Tasmania.

The site in Laverton North, Victoria includes an advanced plastic sorting facility which separates plastics from material recovery facilities into clean, individual polymer grades for sale or input into a pelletising facility.

The acquisition will also include two properties in South Australia which are not currently expected to form part of future operations and may be sold.

The properties that will be acquired by Cleanaway pursuant to the acquisition have a current combined market value of approximately $50 million.

Cleanaway expects to offer employment to the majority of SKM’s full time employees.

Cleanaway CEO and managing director Vik Bansal said: “Since the appointment of receivers and managers, significant progress has been made in clearing waste stockpiles from the sites, repairing plant and equipment and bringing the sites to required safety, environmental and operational standards. We expect to gradually restore operations in Victoria over the coming months to provide councils with a quality, sustainable solution for their recycling.

“The acquisition provides Cleanaway with a strong recycling platform in Victoria and Tasmania as part of our Footprint 2025 strategy and our mission of making a sustainable future possible.

“The recycling sector is undergoing significant structural changes with a move to increase recycling within Australia to support a transition towards a circular economy. The Acquisition provides us with the infrastructure to capitalise on the growth opportunities created by these changes.”

Completion of the acquisition is expected to occur by the end of October 2019.

The acquisition is not expected to contribute materially to earnings during the current financial year.

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