Parker Hannifin Corp. has announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire LORD Corp. for approximately $3.675 billion in cash. The transaction has been approved by the Board of Directors of each company and is subject to customary closing conditions, including receipt of applicable regulatory approvals.
LORD, headquartered in Cary, N.C., is a privately-held company founded in 1924 offering a broad array of advanced adhesives, coatings and specialty materials as well as vibration and motion control technologies. LORD’s products are used in mission-critical applications in the aerospace, automotive and industrial markets. The company has annual sales of approximately $1.1 billion and employs 3,100 people across 17 manufacturing and 15 research and development facilities globally.
“This strategic transaction will reinforce our stated objective to invest in attractive margin, growth businesses, such as engineered materials, that accelerate us towards top-quartile financial performance,” said Tom Williams, Chairman and CEO of Parker. “LORD will significantly expand our materials science capabilities with complementary products, better positioning us to serve customers in growth industries and capitalize on emerging trends such as electrification and lightweighting.
“This transaction will meaningfully transform our portfolio. We anticipate a smooth closing of the transaction and integration of our two businesses, and through adoption of The Win Strategy we believe we can capture significant operational synergies. The combination of Parker and LORD is expected to drive significant value for Parker shareholders and be accretive to organic growth, EBITDA margins, cash flow and EPS, excluding one-time costs and deal related amortization.”
Ed Auslander, President and CEO of LORD, said, “With complementary business segments, coming together with Parker enables LORD to carry out our grander vision. Parker is already a large tier one supplier in many areas, allowing our business lines immediate access to growth, additional markets, applications and new customers. In addition, the two companies are very much aligned when it comes to core values, great business acumen and cultural fit.”
LORD’s unique and proprietary products, solutions and technologies for mission-critical applications will increase Parker’s overall engineered materials product and solutions offerings to enable a stronger value proposition for customers. LORD’s portfolio includes brands such as LORD, Chemlok, FUSOR, Maxlok, LORD Adhesives, Versilok, LokRealease, CoolTherm, LORD High Capacity Laminate (HCL) Elastomeric Bearings, Dynaflex, and SensorCloud.
Upon closing of the transaction, LORD will be combined with Parker’s Engineered Materials Group. Parker plans to finance the transaction using new debt. Following the completion of the transaction, Parker expects to maintain a high investment grade credit profile. The transaction is not expected to impact Parker’s dividend payout target of approximately 30-35% average percent of net income over a five-year period, while maintaining its record of annual dividend increases.
The transaction is expected to be completed within the next four to six months and is subject to customary closing conditions, including receipt of applicable regulatory approvals.
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