Alfa Laval Acquires Aalborg Industries

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Alfa Laval – a leader in heat transfer, centrifugal separation and fluid handling –signed an agreement to acquire Aalborg Industries Holding A/S for a total cash consideration of $729.6m, on an enterprise value basis, from Altor 2003 Fund, LD Equity and the Company’s management. Aalborg Industries has some 2,600 employees and is expected to generate sales of about $481.5m in 2010. The acquisition will be accretive to EPS from 2011. The closing of the transaction is subject to clearance from regulatory authorities.

Headquartered in Aalborg, Denmark, the company is a provider of products, systems and service solutions, today mainly to the marine and off-hore markets, but it also has an increasing exposure to the power industry as well as to other industrial end markets. Its offering includes boiler systems, thermal fluid systems, waste heat recovery systems and inert gas systems. The company complements and further strengthens Alfa Laval’s leading global position, by adding a strong product offering that focuses on energy efficiency. As a result, meaningful top and bottom line synergies are expected to be derived from this combination.

Alfa Laval has significant and long-standing expertise in successfully addressing a number of industries, including the marine and off-shore markets, and can provide an attractive platform to continue Aalborg Industries successful development, for instance in applications such as exhaust gas cleaning.

 “Aalborg Industries is an excellent fit and I’m very pleased to welcome a strong and well-run company into Alfa Laval”, says Lars Renström, President and CEO of the Alfa Laval Group. “Aalborg Industries complements our offering of energy-efficient and environmental solutions. It represents a significant business opportunity as it not only supports the development of our offering to the marine and off-shore markets but also means we can introduce their product offering to new industrial end markets and customers.”

With the acquisition of Aalborg Industries, Alfa Laval will further strengthen its offer in heat transfer. It will add market-leading positions in attractive market segments, including boilers and thermal fluid systems, as well as inert gas systems, with significant barriers to entry. These include extensive certification processes, a strong innovation track record and a global service network. The company’s strong manufacturing and engineering presence in fast-growing markets such as China, Vietnam and Brazil, as well as the aftermarket potential generated by a large installed base, are highly attractive attributes.

Alfa Laval’s acquisition strategy is based on the concept of constantly optimizing the performance of our customers’ processes. This means that Alfa Laval seeks to undertake acquisitions and alliances that strengthen the existing key technologies by adding new solutions as well as complementary products and distribution channels. Over the last five years, Alfa Laval has acquired some 28 companies with total sales, at the time of the acquisitions, of about $730m.

 

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