MFI Update

26 November 2008

Galiform notes that the company set up by the management of MFI Retail Limited to enable a management buyout (MBO) of the MFI business, MFI Group Limited, has filed a notice of intention to appoint administrators.  Galiform is the guarantor of the rent and associated costs payable under the leases of 46 properties that were occupied by the MFI Retail operations, of which the MBO were occupying around half.

The final outcome and liability for Galiform remains unclear.  However, given that MFI Group Limited is intending to go into administration, it is more likely that Galiform will be required to pay costs in relation to all of the 46 guaranteed properties.  The aggregate annual net rentals and associated costs payable in respect of these properties, which we will continue to seek to mitigate, were set out in our announcement of 30 September 2008 *.

Galiform is saddened by these developments. As part of the sale of MFI Retail to Merchant Equity Partners in September 2006, which involved around 200 MFI stores, Galiform provided substantial funding and operational support to the business, including cash payments totalling £65 million, the supply of products for the period to the end of 2007 and the provision of IT services until October 2008. Galiform also retained responsibility for the accrued pension entitlements of MFI employees at the time of the sale. Following the MBO, Galiform has paid rent under its guarantees on a number of stores which the MBO is occupying.



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Notes to Editors

  • Galiform sold MFI Retail to Merchant Equity Partners in October 2006 and provided substantial funding and operational support to help MFI succeed.  This included cash payments totalling £65 million, product supply until December 2007 and services support until October 2008.
  • Galiform continued to provide essential IT services and other support during the MBO process.
  • The Galiform pension scheme continues to be responsible for the pensions accrued by MFI employees prior to the September 2006 sale.

About Galiform

  • Galiform is the parent company of Howdens Joinery, a leading supplier of kitchens and joinery to over 200,000 trade customers across the UK and employs over 6,000 people nationwide.


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