Flowtech Fluidpower Plc (LON:FLO) are the topic of conversation when Zeus Capital Director of Equity Research Andy Hanson joins us. Andy talks about the company’s position after the interim results, an improving trading environment, how the company is placed compared to the FY forecast, acquisition capacity and valuation compared to it’s peers.
The business was founded as Flowtech in 1983, and is the UK’s leading specialist supplier of technical fluid power products. The Flowtech Group has three divisions: Flowtechnology, Power Motion Control and Process. All three of the Group’s divisions have overlapping product sets, allowing procurement synergies to be maximised.
The Flowtechnology division focuses on supplying distributors and resellers of industrial MRO (maintenance, repair and operation) products, primarily serving urgent orders rather than bulk offerings. It is formed from Flowtechnology UK, Flowtechnology Benelux and Indequip. It offers an unrivalled range of Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) and Exclusive Brand products to over 3,400 distributors and resellers and the catalogues are recognised as the definitive source for fluid power products, containing 100,000 individual product lines and are distributed to more than 80,000 industrial Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul end users (MRO). The Power Motion Control division specialises in the design, assembly and supply of engineering components and hydraulic systems and is further enhanced by a service and repair function. The division is formed from Primary Fluid Power, Nelson Hydraulics, TSL Fluidpower and HTL. The Process division focuses on the supply of industrial components to the process sectors.
Flowtech Fluidpower plc main distribution centre is in Skelmersdale, Lancashire with further distribution centres in the Netherlands and China. The Power Motion Control division (PMC) has operations in Merseyside, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, Shropshire and Yorkshire; Process operates from the West Midlands & County Durham. In total, the business employs over 318 people.