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Johnston Carmichael saves 88 jobs at MSIS

Some 88 jobs have been saved after Aberdeenshire-headquartered MSIS, a supplier of environmental services and equipment, was bought out of administration in a pre-packaged deal achieved by joint administrators from Johnston Carmichael.

The accountancy firm was called in after MS Industrial Services Limited “failed” to secure additional funding to overcome “challenging trading conditions and cash flow pressures from overseas expansion” following the recent oil and gas downturn.

Immediately after the appointment of restructuring partners from Johnston Carmichael as joint administrators on 5 September 2019, a sale of the business and assets to Denholm MacNamee was completed. The deal secures 88 jobs at MSIS across its Inverurie and Invergordon sites.

Richard Bathgate, joint administrator and restructuring partner at Johnston Carmichael in Aberdeen said: “We are very pleased to have concluded the sale of the business and assets to Denholm MacNamee, as this will provide the best outcome for the company’s creditors, customers and skilled workforce.

“We thank MSIS’ directors and staff for their assistance during a challenging period and wish Denholm MacNamee every success in driving the future growth of the business.”

Graham Alexander, head of corporate finance at Johnston Carmichael, added: “In an extremely tight time frame, the depth of experience and resource in the CF team as well as our knowledge of the OFS market, allowed us to quickly identify potential acquirers.

“From our network there was extensive interest in the business and we managed the process to narrow the field before selecting a shortlist of bidders and ultimately Denholm MacNamee to acquire MSIS, a well-known brand in its chosen markets.”

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