Motus acquires FAI Automotive in the UK 

1st October 2021 By: Irma Venter - Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor

Motus acquires FAI Automotive in the UK 

JSE-listed Automotive group Motus has acquired the entire issued share capital of FAI Automotive in the UK.

The purchase consideration is based on an enterprise value of roughly R700-million, with the effective cash outflow of R550-million to be funded from available cash

resources and funding facilities.

FAI is a family-owned business that was established in 1968. It has more than 40 000 product offerings covering all major vehicle manufacturers. 

It is situated in Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, in the UK, with a leased distribution warehouse of 10 000 m2.

The business is also an independent distributor of replacement automotive parts globally, including in the UK and Europe. 

“FAI is a highly reputable brand in the replacement parts industry and is renowned for a high-quality range of products covering globally manufactured passenger vehicles and light commercial vans,” says Motus.

The existing management team is set to continue to manage the business on a day-to-day basis following the Motus acquisition.

Motus says the deal underpins its intention to expand its aftermarket parts (MAP) business offering.

“There are synergies with the existing MAP business to procure products at competitive prices from the Far East, including China and Taiwan, through combined buying power, and to utilise and share the existing distribution centres in the region.

“FAI’s product line-up is similar and complementary to Motus’ MAP business, in particular components which include engine, suspension, steering and braking parts, as well as a well-established and growing private label offering.”

FAI had a turnover for the 12 months ended June 30 of R640-million, with more than 50% generated from outside the UK. The operating margin is in excess of 10%, says Motus.