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Meridian Metal Trading secures GBP 35 million finance facility

Steel News - Published on Thu, 19 Apr 2018

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The Business Desk reported that Sheffield-based Meridian Metal Trading Ltd, one of the largest fully independent steel stockholders and processors in the UK, has a received a GBP 35 million finance facility to support growth. Established in 1987, the business is a supplier of galvanised, hot rolled, cold reduced, electro zinc and aluminised slit coil sheets. It currently employs 175 people across its three manufacturing sites in Dudley, Guildford and Sheffield, and additional sales offices in Newport and Bolton.

MMT has equipment and crane capabilities of up to 40 tonnes, enabling the firm to offer the widest product range in the market, with over 27,000 tonnes in stock. Serving over 600 customers, MMT manufactures and supplies almost 240,000 tonnes of steel per year.

Secure Trust Bank Commercial Finance has provided the finance facility, which will be used to support the future growth of the business as well as meet current working capital requirements.

Mr Steve Roadway, financial director at Meridian Metal Trading, said that “The steel stockholding and processing industry is highly competitive. In order to maintain its competitive advantage and market positioning, it was imperative for MMT to have a strong and responsive financing partner with industry expertise in its corner. It is often restrictions on working capital that halts a growing company, and this facility has enabled us to free up cash flow so we can improve and invest in other areas of the business. We look forward to a continued cooperative working relationship with Secure Trust as we endeavour to exceed MMTs growth aspirations.”

The deal follows a significant period of growth for Secure Trust Bank Commercial Finance. The alternative finance provider recently announced that it had doubled its balances for the second consecutive year, with lending at GBP 126.5 million in 2017, up from GBP 62.8 million the previous year.

Mr Sean Powell, National Sales Director at Secure Trust Bank Commercial Finance, said that “The experienced management team at MMT have laid the foundations for a business with huge potential. Its reputation in the market, alongside its unrivalled product range and capabilities make it one of the UK’s leading independent steel stockholders and processors. Our facility will allow the business to manage its cash and invest in the future. It is an exciting time for MMT, and we’re looking forward to seeing how the company progresses in the next few years.”

Brent Osbourne at Breal Consulting Limited, who acted as advisor and introduced the deal, said that“We have known the MMT team for over 25 years and they approached us seeking a U.K. based lender, which could give them a flexible new asset based lending facility (ABL) and the confidence of a finance partner that could meet their future aspirations. Secure Trust Bank (STB) responded immediately and arranged to meet with MMT within a few days with a visit from the senior STB team. The bond was immediate, indicative terms followed quickly and the move to financing was professional and slick. STB to us is a major player in the large ticket ABL market with a flexible, speedy and understanding approach.”

Dave Gledhill at Bermans provided legal advice to Secure Trust Bank Commercial Finance, while Georgina Tripp from gunnercooke provided legal advice to Meridian Metal Trading Ltd.

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Posted By : Nanda Koijam on Thu, 19 Apr 2018
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