Coates Hire Operations Pty Limited - completed acquisition of SBH Australia Pty Limited

Acquirer(s)

  • Coates Hire Operations Pty Limited

Target(s)

  • SBH Australia Pty Limited

Summary

Market definition

The ACCC considered the completed acquisition in the context of separate markets for the supply of shoring and pump equipment for hire in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland. The ACCC noted that the geographic dimension of the market was likely to be narrower than State based markets. However, for the purposes of assessing the completed acquisition the ACCC did not consider it necessary to form a concluded view on geographic scope of the market.

Competition analysis

The ACCC considered that the completed acquisition would not result in a substantial lessening of competition in any of the relevant markets due to the following factors:

* the merged entity would continue to be constrained by existing rivals;
* barriers to entry and expansion do not appear significant; and
* some large customers may have a degree of countervailing power, by being able to purchase shoring or pump equipment themselves.

Timeline

DateEvent
24/01/2011ACCC commenced review under the Merger Review Process Guidelines.
08/02/2011Closing date for submissions from interested parties.
01/03/2011ACCC announced it would not oppose the completed acquisition.