The Irish arm of international paper company Paperlinx sold off

Irish Independent June 23, 2015

The Irish arm of international paper company Paperlinx has been sold off. The Irish business has been acquired by former divisional director Enda Brophy. Mr Brophy now owns 100pc of the firm, which will be renamed Graphic & Paper Merchants Ireland.

The company employs 51 staff in the Republic and 14 in Northern Ireland and had sales of around €35m last year

Speaking to the Irish Independent, Mr Brophy said that the administration in the UK had a significant knock-on effect in Ireland, saying: "A lot of global suppliers decided not to trade with us due to credit terms after it [the UK administration]. "The feedback we were getting was that if we exited Paperlinx they would be happy to trade with us as normal. We have good staff and good customers and if we didn't we couldn't have done what we have in the last few months," he said.

As of 2014 Paperlinx employed more than 4,500 staff worldwide and had sales of more than €1.1bn in the first half of that year.

Blackthorn Capital (formerly Origin Corporate Finance) advised Mr Brophy on the management buy-out.