TTS Acquires Umoe Schat-Harding

Wednesday, August 16, 2006
TTS Marine ASA has entered into a letter of intent with Umoe Industri regarding the takeover of Umoe Schat-Harding, which supplies lifeboats and other life-saving equipment to the shipping and offshore markets. The agreed purchase price is around $54.4m. Lifeboats and security equipment will by takeover of Umoe Schat-Harding be established as a new division in TTS, headed by the present managing director, Ove Røsseland.

Umoe Industri`s basis for this transaction is to contribute to the development of TTS Group as an active and long-term shareholder. To facilitate active ownership, Umoe Industri AS will contemplate further acquisition of shares both before and after the execution of the agreement. Umoe Industri AS has for the time being no intention to get into a compulsory share offer position in the company. The new TTS Group will comprise five divisions: Dry Cargo Handling, Marine Cranes, Port and Material Handling and Deck Machinery in addition to the new division life boats and life-saving systems. The takeover will imply that TTS increases from 17 operating units in nine countries to a Group of 25 units in 12 countries. The new locations will be Singapore, The Netherlands and England. Also a global network of sales- and service representatives will be included into the TTS Group.

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