TPI founder Culliton sells Irish printing division in MBO deal

The Irish design and print small business of the printing to internet marketing company TPI has been bought by founder Colin Culliton to management, the Irish Impartial has acquired.

Mr Culliton, who recognized TPI 30 many years back, confirmed the sale yesterday evening. He claimed he’s retaining possession of three arms inside the group. They’re the Pluto activities firm that TPI obtained in 2016, TPI British isles, and the Tap advertising consultancy.

Mr Culliton – a 2016 EY Entrepreneur of the Year finalist – declined to say how significantly Irish TPI printing enterprise experienced been sold for.

On the other hand, he mentioned that it accounted for about €12m of group’s turnover past year. In 2018, the TPI team generated turnover of practically €19m and a pre-tax earnings of €548,000.

It’s been sold to functions director Tom Moriarty, previously the TPI group chief economical officer, and manufacturing director Tracy Dodd.

The sale will be efficient from November 30.

Mr Culliton advised the Irish Impartial that he and the TPI management staff have been “delighted to get a offer done” in a 12 months that has been marked by the Covid pandemic.

While declining to disclose the sale selling price, he explained it was a “fair rate for a great company”.

TPI’s clientele incorporate providers these kinds of as Aryzta, Dunnes Retailers, Irish Everyday living, AIB, Heinz and Coca-Cola.

In a round to staff and clientele, Mr Culliton said he experienced “for some time” believed that TPI may possibly gain from a unique proprietor after a few a long time at the helm. He said Mr Moriarty and Ms Dodd approached him in the spring about a likely buyout.

“After a lot of quit/start negotiations, designed far more hard by lockdowns and Covid-19, we signed a wonderful deal for all included,” Mr Culliton claimed in the circular.

“Tom and Tracy merged with a money backer from the tech and label space and alongside one another they place their very own challenging-attained income into generating the long run in TPI as brilliant as our earlier has been,” he stated.

“The a few other companies in the team keep on being unchanged and unaffected by this transaction and right after a great hand more than I intend to emphasis on them and other options in 2021,” Mr Culliton included.