Chart Industries, Inc. has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Hudson Products Corporation for $410m.
Founded in 1939, Hudson is a trusted leader in heat transfer solutions with an array of strong brands and products used in refining, petrochemical, natural gas, power, and other industrial and commercial end markets.
The North American-based company specialises in air-cooled heat exchangers (ACHXs) and axial flow cooling fans. It’s installed base of over 20,000 ACHXs and 200,00 fans globally provides stable aftermarket revenue streams, which account for approximately 37% of Hudson’s total net sales.
Chart’s President and CEO, Bill Johnson, commented, “Hudson is a proven, high performing business with an impressive set of products, customers, processes, and people, all of which we see as being highly synergistic and consistent with our strategic growth initiatives. We welcome Hudson employees to Chart and look forward to jointly creating valuable solutions for our customers. We see the acquisition and the expected synergies as enhancing shareholder value as we move forward.”
Hudson CEO, Grady Walker, commented, “We are thrilled to be joining the Chart team with whom we share a passion for innovation and problem solving. The combination will enhance the breadth of our product and service offerings and will greatly enhance our ability to offer valuable solutions to our customers worldwide.”
Hudson is expected to generate net sales of approximately £205m in 2017. The transaction will be funded by Chart’s available cash on hand and debt under its current credit facility. Management expects the transaction to be accretive to adjusted earnings per share in the first full year after closing. Annual cost synergies of approximately $7m are expected to be realised within two years after closing.
The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including receipt of required regulatory approvals and is expected to close during the third quarter 2017.