Senior plc acquires GAMFG Precision

Posted: 5th November 2012 08:53

Senior plc ("Senior") is pleased to announce that it has acquired 100% of the issued share capital of GAMFG Precision LLC and its parent company GAMCO Acquisition Company (collectively "GA") from its majority shareholder Mason Wells, a private equity investor firm based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and two other minority shareholders.

GA, located in Franklin, Wisconsin (approximately 15 miles south of Milwaukee), is principally a manufacturer of engineered high-precision machined components and assemblies for the off-road land vehicle and aerospace markets.

GA specialises in the machining of precision components for fuel systems, pumps and hydraulic systems primarily for off-road heavy-duty diesel engine applications, but with a growing presence in the aerospace industry.  Its largest customer is Caterpillar Inc., with Sauer-Danfoss Inc., Parker Hannifin Corporation and Woodward Inc. also important purchasers of GA product.  GA's components and capabilities are highly complementary to Senior's existing portfolio: largely in the land vehicle emission control segment today but also increasingly with its aerospace operations in the future.

The total consideration for the purchase of GA was $45.0m, subject to adjustments for cash in the business, working capital at completion and 2013 business performance, in the event it is above expectation.  The transaction was funded through the utilisation of existing cash and debt facilities.

For the twelve months to 31 December 2011, GA reported sales of $64.6m and earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation ("EBITDA") of $9.7m.  The unaudited management accounts of the business for the nine months to the end of September 2012 show sales of $45.4m and EBITDA of $6.2m.  Gross assets of the business are approximately $24.8m.

The existing GA management team will continue to manage the business, which will operate within Senior's Flexonics Division.
The acquisition is expected to be immediately earnings enhancing.

Commenting on the acquisition, Mark Rollins, Senior Group Chief Executive, said:
"I am very pleased to announce the acquisition of GA and to welcome all of its employees to the Senior Group.  GA represents an excellent strategic addition to Senior's Flexonics Division.  It is located in the mid-west of the USA, close to both its major customers and the Group's existing Bartlett facility, which provides an excellent opportunity to optimise the combined commercial and operational performance of both businesses.

GA has a well established reputation in the off-road heavy-duty diesel engine market and has a growing presence in the commercial aerospace industry.  Its high-precision machining capabilities, which are new to Senior, combined with Senior's wider market access and financial strength, are expected to enhance the growth prospects of both the Group's Flexonics and Aerospace Divisions."

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