Diploma Plc

Diploma Plc

Diploma Plc

Date Founded



12 Charterhouse Square, London, EC1M 6AX, GBR

Type of Company


Employees (Worldwide)



Wholesale: Medical Supplies & Pharmaceuticals
Wholesale: Industrial Products & Manufacturing
Holding Companies

Company Description

The Diploma Group is focused on three core sectors with principal businesses as follows: Life Sciences - DHG (Somagen, Vantage, AMT, BGS and DSL), a1-group Seals - Hercules Fluid Power Group, FPE and M Seals Controls - IS Group, Filcon, Hawco Diploma was originally incorporated in 1931 and listed on the London Stock Exchange in 1960. In 1969, the Group started to acquire a number of industrial companies. Through the 1970's and 1980's, Diploma built leading market positions in three core activity areas, all in the UK: Electronic Component Distribution (Macro and Nortronic) Building Products (IG and Robert Lee) Special Steels (Henry Whitham) In the 1990's these traditional core businesses matured into cyclical, lower margin businesses. A new acquisition programme was introduced to diversify into new more attractive sectors. Towards the end of the 1990's there was a simultaneous downturn in the three traditional businesses. It was apparent that they were in structural decline and this prompted the decision to embark upon a radical re-structuring of the Group. Over the three years from 1998 to 2001, ten businesses were sold generating proceeds of more than £90m. Of this, £70m was returned to shareholders through a Scheme of Arrangement in April 2000 and various share buy-backs. The balance was retained to fund future acquisitions and growth initiatives. This phase of re-structuring delivered an increase in shareholder value of more than 80% over the three year period. The restructuring has also changed the geographic spread of the businesses. From being a predominantly UK based Group, Diploma is now more international. Less than 25% of the Group's sales are now in the UK, with the balance mostly being generated in North America and Continental Europe. The Group is now actively seeking further acquisitions to accelerate growth and to build substantial, broader based businesses in the core sectors of Life Sciences, Seals and Controls.

Executives & Employees

Chief Executive Officer

Executive Director, Finance Director

Company Secretary

Board of Directors

Former Executive Director, Group Finance Director at Tate & Lyle Plc

Chief Executive Officer at Exova Plc

Managing Director-Business Services at Severn Trent Plc

Chief Executive Officer at Diploma Plc

Executive Director, Finance Director at Diploma Plc

Former Head-Corporate Finance at Lazard & Co., Ltd.

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Recent Transactions
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Diploma Plc purchases Abacus Als Pty. Ltd.

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Cantel Medical Corp. purchases Vantage Endoscopy, Inc. /Endoscope Reprocessing Business from Diploma Plc

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Diploma Plc purchases Cablecraft Ltd.

Transaction Advisors
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Advised onAvnet, Inc. purchases SEI Macro Group from Diploma Plc

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Advised onDiploma Plc purchases Kubo Tech AG


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Advisors & Consultants

Former Group Chief Executive Officer & Executive Director at Diploma Plc

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