John Laing announces the sale of John Laing Integrated Services
John Laing, the specialist investor in and manager of infrastructure assets, announces the sale of John Laing Integrated Services (JLIS), the Company’s support services and facilities management business, to Carillion plc. Completion of the sale was unconditional and took place on 18 October 2013.
The disposal underlines John Laing’s continued strategic focus on its core business of bidding for, investing in and managing infrastructure projects. As a result, the future prospects for growth of JLIS activities falls outside the core John Laing business model.
All staff currently employed in JLIS have transferred to Carillion. Following the sale, John Laing now employs a total of 222 staff in its focused investment management divisions.
Earlier this year, John Laing reorganised itself into three core divisions to reflect the changes in its principal target infrastructure markets: Primary Investment activities, which involve sourcing, bidding for and winning greenfield infrastructure projects; Secondary Investment activities, involving holding operational infrastructure projects, most of which are originated by the Group’s Primary Investment business; and Asset Management services to both the Group’s Primary and Secondary investment portfolios.
Commenting on the disposal, Adrian Ewer, Chief Executive of John Laing, said: ‘Our decision to dispose of JLIS underlines our commitment to our principal investment and asset management activities. JLIS has made significant progress over the last few years, but it no longer fits within our core strategy. We are confident that under its new ownership, the business will see future growth within the public sector and benefit from being a part of an integrated support services company.’