Metso acquires McCloskey International

Metso acquires McCloskey International

Pending closing conditions, the value of the transaction is expected to be $316.5 million.

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Metso Corp., Helsinki, has announced it signed an agreement to acquire McCloskey International, a mobile crushing and screening equipment manufacturer based in Ontario. Metso says the acquisition will expand its offering in the aggregates industry globally and strengthen its customer reach especially to general contractor customers.

The enterprise value of the transaction is CAD 420 million ($316.5 million), payable at closing with an additional profitability based earn-out consideration of up to CAD 35 million ($26.4 million) for the two-year period after closing. McCloskey will be reported in Metso’s minerals segment, and the company expects the transaction to be positive for Metso’s earnings per share in 2020.

The mobile aggregate equipment market is expected to grow by 4-6 percent annually from 2019 to 2023, driven by spending in road construction, Metso says. With this acquisition, Metso says it will be able to better take part in the attractive growth of mobile products within the aggregates industry.

“This acquisition is in line with Metso’s profitable growth strategy. It strengthens our aggregates business in key growth areas. The different cycles of aggregates balance our previously more mining-focused minerals portfolio well,” says Pekka Vauramo, Metso’s President and CEO.

“Customers in aggregates and construction have varying business needs. This acquisition supports our expansion plans to approach customers through multiple complementary channels and offerings to meet their diverse needs,” adds Markku Simula, the president of aggregates equipment business at Metso. “Going forward, Metso plans to continue developing the McCloskey brands and distribution channels independent of the Metso channel.  Synergies are apart from sourcing mainly revenue related, resulting from the wider offering available to both channels as well as additional crusher equipment, service and consumable sales.”

In the 12-month period ending Sept. 30, 2018, McCloskey had sales of CAD 464 million ($349.69 million) and an EBITDA margin of 10.3 percent. The company says its track record of profitable growth over the past several years is expected to continue in 2019. The company’s sales in the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2019, are expected to exceed CAD 500 million ($376.8 million).

McCloskey has approximately 900 employees in Canada, the U.S. and Northern Ireland.

“We are proud of the growth achieved in a competitive market. I know that joining Metso is the right move for all our customers, employees, dealers and business partners. The combination of our unique focus on products and people and Metso’s global resources will help create even better solutions for our customers,” says Paschal McCloskey, the founder, president and CEO of McCloskey.

To ensure financing for the acquisition, Metso has agreed on a bilateral loan from Nordea Bank Abp. The loan has a maturity of two years and includes an option to extend the maturity by one year.

The acquisition is subject to customary closing conditions, including anti-trust approvals. Closing is expected to take place during the fourth quarter of 2019.