Decision Nº M/05/032 from Competition and Consumer Protection Commission, 2005-07-13

Date13 July 2005
Decision NumberM/05/032
PartiesStatoil Ireland Limited,Pilton Company Ltd,DCC plc
StatusFurther information required (Phase 1)
Determination No. M/05/032 of the Competition Authority,
dated 13th July 2005, under Section 21 of the Competition Act,
Notification No. M/05/032 The proposed acquisition by DCC
plc, through DCC SerCom UK Limited, of Pilton Company Limited
1. On 21st June 2005, the Competition Authority, in accordance with
Section 18 (1) of the Competition Act, 2002 (“the Act”) was notified,
on a mandatory basis, of a proposal whereby DCC plc (“DCC”), through
its subsidiary, DCC SerCom UK Limited (“SerCom”), would acquire all
the issued share capital of Pilton Company Limited (“PCL”) from
Pageant Holdings Limited (“PHL”), Derek Flett and James Morgan (“the
2. SerCom, a subsidiary of DCC, is a holding company. SerCom does not
engage in any commercial activities in its own name.
3. DCC, the acquirer, sells, markets and distributes leading own and third
party brands in the energy, IT, healthcare, food and beverage,
environmental and other markets, such as homebuilding and supply
chain management, principally in the UK and Ireland. In relation to
Ireland, DCC’s business comprises of DCC Energy Limited, DCC
SerCom Distribution Limited (IT Distribution), DCC Healthcare Limited
and DCC Food and Beverage Limited. Additionally, Gem, a wholly-
owned UK subsidiary of DCC, distributes and sells computer games and
accessories into the island of Ireland. For the financial year ended
March 2005, Gem generated turnover of [less than €5 million] from its
sales into Ireland, 82% of which represented sales from computer
4. PCL, the target, is a private company incorporated in Ireland. PCL, a
subsidiary of PHL, is the holding company of a number of companies
active in the distribution and wholesale of pre-recorded video
cassettes, DVDs, video and audio accessories, and computer games in
the island of Ireland. PCL’s business in Ireland comprises of:
NVC Distribution Limited which is active in the distribution and
wholesale of pre-recorded video cassettes, DVDs and related
Sherlane Agencies Limited which is active in the distribution and
wholesale of video and audio accessories.
Network Video Leasing Limited which is active in leasing racks of
rental videos to convenience stores and petrol stations.

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