ParkOhio Enters Into Agreement To Acquire Italian Equipment Manufacturer – Saet S.p.A.
ParkOhio (NASDAQ:PKOH) announced today that it has signed a definitive agreement with Milan, Italy based Star Capital SGR S.p.A. and other minority shareholders to acquire Saet S.p.A headquartered in Turin, Italy for approximately EUR18.4 million (approximately $22.9 million) in cash. The transaction is expected to close by December 22, 2014, subject to certain closing conditions.
Edward F. Crawford, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, stated: “ParkOhio continues to expand its interest in manufacturing of induction heating equipment and parts and service centers. Saet is a strategic acquisition with great technology and a strong brand name in induction heating. Saet’s locations complement our Ajax Tocco locations with tremendous synergies. We believe that we are building a business that will be the clear leader in induction heating capabilities worldwide.”
Saet is a leader in the design, manufacturing and testing of induction heating equipment and heat treat solutions. Saet operates through its locations in Italy, China, India, and Tennessee. With over 4,000 machines installed all over the world, Saet machines are used for hardening, tempering, and annealing for various industrial applications in the agricultural, automotive and renewable energy markets. This acquisition strengthens ATM’s position as the global leader of induction products and will add key technologies to an already diverse portfolio of induction machine capabilities. ATM’s worldwide network of customer service centers and leading induction technologies are expected to increase the sales of Saet’s equipment and aftermarket products.
ParkOhio is a leading provider of supply management services and a manufacturer of highly-engineered products. Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, the Company operates 44 manufacturing sites and 55 supply chain logistics facilities. ATM designs and manufactures world class induction heating and melting equipment for various industries and applications throughout the world. In addition, ATM provides a wide range of services including laboratory process development, preventative maintenance, equipment repair and parts, coil repair facilities, and installation services through its locations in North America, South America, Europe, and Asia.
This news release contains forward-looking statements, including statements regarding future performance of the Company that are subject to certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those anticipated, estimated or projected.
These forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause our actual results, performance and achievements, or industry results, to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from expectations include, but are not limited to the following: our ability to consummate the Saet acquisition, our ability to successfully integrate Saet and achieve the expected results of the acquisition, including the acquisition being accretive; our substantial indebtedness; the uncertainty of the global economic environment; general business conditions and competitive factors, including pricing pressures and product innovation; demand for our products and services; raw material availability and pricing; fluctuations in energy costs; component part availability and pricing; changes in our relationships with customers and suppliers; the financial condition of our customers, including the impact of any bankruptcies; our ability to successfully integrate other recent and future acquisitions into existing operations; the amounts and timing, if any, of purchases of our common stock; changes in general domestic economic conditions such as inflation rates, interest rates, tax rates, unemployment rates, higher labor and healthcare costs, recessions and changing government policies, laws and regulations, including the uncertainties related to the current global financial crises; adverse impacts to us, our suppliers and customers from acts of terrorism or hostilities; our ability to meet various covenants, including financial covenants, contained in the agreements governing our indebtedness; disruptions, uncertainties or volatility in the credit markets that may limit our access to capital; potential disruption due to a partial or complete reconfiguration of the European Union; increasingly stringent domestic and foreign governmental regulations, including those affecting the environment; inherent uncertainties involved in assessing our potential liability for environmental remediation-related activities; the outcome of pending and future litigation and other claims and disputes with customers; the outcome of the investigation being conducted by the special committee of our Board of Directors; our dependence on the automotive and heavy-duty truck industries, which are highly cyclical; the dependence of the automotive industry on consumer spending, which could be lower due to the effects of the recent financial crises; our ability to negotiate contracts with labor unions; our dependence on key management; our dependence on information systems; our ability to continue to pay cash dividends; and the other factors we describe under the “Item 1A. Risk Factors” included in the Company’s annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2013. Any forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date on which such statement is made, and we undertake no obligation to update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law. In light of these and other uncertainties, the inclusion of a forward-looking statement herein should not be regarded as a representation by us that our plans and objectives will be achieved. The Company assumes no obligation to update the information in this release.
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