Origin UK Operations / Bunn Fertiliser merger inquiry
The CMA is investigating the completed acquisition by Origin UK Operations Limited of assets comprising the business of Bunn Fertiliser Limited.
|Phase 1 date||Action|
|10 August 2017||Initial enforcement order|
|10 August 2017||Decision published|
|14 July 2017||Decision announced|
|19 May to 5 June 2017||Invitation to comment|
|19 May 2017||Launch of merger inquiry|
Initial enforcement order
11 August 2017: On 10 August 2017, the CMA served an initial enforcement order under section 72(2) of the Enterprise Act 2002 on Origin Enterprises plc and Origin UK Operations Limited, in relation to the completed acquisition by Origin UK Operations Limited of assets comprising the business of Bunn Fertiliser Limited.
- Initial enforcement order (11.8.17)
CMA to consider undertakings offered
28 July 2017: The CMA considers that there are reasonable grounds for believing that the undertakings offered by Origin UK Operations Limited, or a modified version of them, might be accepted by the CMA under the Enterprise Act 2002. The full text of the decision is available below.
Reference unless undertakings accepted
14 July 2017: The CMA has decided, on the information currently available to it, that it is or may be the case that this merger may be expected to result in a substantial lessening of competition within a market or markets in the United Kingdom. This merger will be referred for a phase 2 investigation unless the parties offer acceptable undertakings to address these competition concerns. The full text of the decision is available below.
- Full text decision (10.8.17)
- News story: Origin and Bunn must resolve concerns over fertiliser merger (14.7.17)
Invitation to comment: Now closed
19 May 2017: The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is considering whether it is or may be the case that this transaction, if carried into effect, will result in the creation of a relevant merger situation under the merger provisions of the Enterprise Act 2002 and, if so, whether the creation of that situation may be expected to result in a substantial lessening of competition within any market or markets in the United Kingdom for goods or services.
Launch of merger inquiry
19 May 2017: The CMA announced the launch of its merger inquiry by notice to the parties.
- Commencement of initial period notice (19.5.17)
Please send written representations about any competition or public interest to:
Competition and Markets Authority
Published: 19 May 2017
Updated: 15 August 2017
Opened: 19 May 2017
- Derogation published.
- Initial enforcement order and derogation published.
- Full text decision and decision that undertakings might be accepted published.
- CMA to consider undertakings announcement added.
- Decision announced: reference unless undertakings accepted.
- First published.