Hillenbrand to Acquire Coperion Capital For EUR 408M
Hillenbrand (NYSE: HI) has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire privately held Coperion Capital GmbH (Coperion), a portfolio company of Deutsche Beteiligungs AG, for an estimated purchase price of €408 million ($530 million at current exchange rates), which includes the assumption of an estimated €76 million of net debt and €100 million pension liability. The final price is subject to certain closing and post closing adjustments. The transaction is expected to close in December or January, depending upon satisfaction of certain conditions, including receipt of applicable regulatory approvals.
Based in Stuttgart, Germany, Coperion is a global leader in the manufacture of compounding, extrusion and bulk material handling equipment used in a broad range of industries, including plastics, chemical, food processing, pharmaceutical and aluminum, as well as related replacement parts and service. At the completion of this transaction, Coperion will become the largest company in Hillenbrand's Process Equipment Group. Gunter Bachmann, currently Coperion's CEO, will continue as president of Coperion reporting to Joe A. Raver, president of Hillenbrand's Process Equipment Group. Coperion's headquarters will remain in Stuttgart, Germany.
During the trailing 12-month period ended September 30, 2012, Coperion's revenue was €520 million ($675 million) and earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) was €38.7 million ($50.2 million). This includes €4.5 million ($5.8 million) of interest expense related to the assumed pension liability. Adjusted EBITDA, which excludes €6.7 million of restructuring charges, was €45.4 million ($58.9 million).
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