Rentokil Initial / Cannon Hygiene merger inquiry

The CMA is investigating the completed acquisition by Rentokil Initial plc of Cannon Hygiene Limited.

Phase 2

Administrative timetable

Date of referral: 28.6.18

Statutory deadline: 12.12.18

Contact

RentokilCannon@cma.gov.uk

Provisional findings

18 October 2018: The CMA has provisionally found that Rentokil Initial’s purchase of Cannon Hygiene could lead to higher prices or lower quality for some customers.

Evidence

The publication of the evidence of any party on the CMA’s webpages does not indicate in any way endorsement by the CMA of the views expressed in the evidence or acceptance of that evidence. Publication in this way is designed to assist public understanding of the issues.

Customer research

Hearing summary

  • PHS (21.9.18)

Response to the issues statement

Response to the phase 1 decision

Directions to appoint a monitoring trustee

26 July 2018: On 10 July 2018, pursuant to an interim order dated 5 July 2018, the CMA directed Rentokil Initial Plc to appoint a monitoring trustee.

Issues statement

16 July 2018: The issues statement sets out the scope of the investigation. It outlines initial theories on what might be adversely affecting competition, but it does not set out findings or conclusions.

Interim order

10 July 2018: For the purpose of preventing pre-emptive action in accordance with section 81 of the Act, the CMA makes the following (‘Order’). On 26 February 2018 the CMA granted a derogation exempting Rentokil Initial International, a subsidiary of Rentokil from the IEO (the ‘February derogation’). The February derogation continues to apply.

Inquiry group appointed

29 June 2018: The CMA appointed the inquiry group on 28 June 2018.

Anne Lambert (Inquiry Chair), Gareth Davies, Susan Hankey and Jeremy Newman

Terms of reference

28 June 2018: The CMA has referred the completed acquisition by Rentokil Initial plc of Cannon Hygiene Limited for an in-depth investigation.

Phase 1

Statutory timetable

Phase 1 Date Action
18 June 2018 Decision announced
19 April 2018 to 3 May 2018 Invitation to comment
19 April 2018 Launch of merger inquiry
5 February 2018 Initial enforcement order

Reference decision

28 June 2018: The CMA has referred the completed acquisition by Rentokil Initial plc of Cannon Hygiene Limited for an in-depth investigation.

Reference unless undertakings accepted

18 June 2018: The CMA has decided, on the information currently available to it, that it is or may be the case that this merger has resulted or 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.

Invitation to comment: now closed

19 April 2018: The CMA is considering whether it is or may be the case that this transaction has resulted 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 has resulted, or 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 April 2018: The CMA announced the launch of its merger inquiry by notice to the parties.

Initial enforcement order

On 31 January 2018 the CMA served an initial enforcement order under section 72(2) of the Enterprise Act 2002 on Rentokil Initial plc, in relation to the completed acquisition by Rentokil Initial plc of Cannon Hygiene Limited.

Amendments/consents granted:

Published 5 February 2018
Last updated 30 October 2018 + show all updates
  1. Derogation published.
  2. Customer research published.
  3. Provisional findings, summary of provisional findings, notice of provisional findings, remedies notice, and appendices published.
  4. Hearing summary published.
  5. Derogation notice published.
  6. Response to the issues statement published.
  7. Derogation published.
  8. Derogation published.
  9. Response to phase 1 decision published.
  10. Directions to appoint a monitoring trustee published.
  11. Full text of the decision and issues statement published.
  12. Interim order and notice of making interim order published.
  13. Full administrative timetable published.
  14. Details of inquiry group published.
  15. Terms of reference and decision to refer published.
  16. Reference decision announced.
  17. Phase 1 decision announced.
  18. Invitation to comment issued and Commencement of initial period notice published.
  19. Derogation published.
  20. First published.