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HEXPOL Completes Acquisition of Excel Polymers, the Global Rubber Compounding Group

Published on 2010-12-24. Author : SpecialChem

HEXPOL Group has announced the completion of the acquisition of Excel Polymers. All regulatory approvals and contractual conditions for the transaction have been met.

Excel Polymers is a leading global supplier of performance elastomer solutions, offering a comprehensive portfolio of compounded polymer materials, performance additives and technical know-how, mainly sold to rubber parts manufacturers. Excel Polymers has an extensive breadth of compounding capabilities. The global production footprint consists of eight manufacturing facilities strategically located in the US, China, Mexico and the United Kingdom.

The company offers formulations and products to a number of end markets including general industrial, construction, automotive, printing, heavy machinery, oil & gas and consumer.

HEXPOL Group will through the acquisition of Excel Polymers have expertise and manufacturing presence in 9 countries with 24 manufacturing facilities and will be the world leading global rubber compounding group.

"With the acquisition of Excel Polymers we are improving our capabilities and manufacturing footprint in order to service our customers on global reach. Our customers will experience the combination of global reach and local personalized service as we reinforce our theme "think globally, act locally". We are excited about the enhanced technology resources, capabilities and competences. I am enthusiastic about finally being able to kick off the integration process and I am very much looking forward to work together with our new colleagues in Excel", says HEXPOL's CEO Georg Brunstam.

As previously communicated, HEXPOL plans to pursue a rights issue corresponding to approximately 550 MSEK as part of financing the acquisition of Excel Polymers. The acquisition price amounts to 213.7 MUSD on a cash and debt free basis. Purchase Price Allocations will be communicated as soon as the opening balance sheet is established.

About HEXPOL

HEXPOL is one of the leading polymer materials groups with strong global positions in advanced polymer compounds (Compounding), gaskets for plate heat exchangers (Gaskets) and wheels made of plastic and rubber materials for truck and castor wheel applications (Wheels). Customers are primarily OEM manufacturers of plate heat exchangers and trucks, global systems suppliers to the automotive industry as well as medical device industry. The Group is organized in two business areas, HEXPOL Compounding and HEXPOL Engineered Products. The HEXPOL Group had, before the acquisition of Excel Polymers, about 2,300 employees in nine countries and rolling twelve monthly sales of approximately 3,400 MSEK.

Forward looking statements

This announcement does not constitute or form a part of any offer or solicitation to purchase or subscribe for securities in the United States. The shares in HEXPOL AB have not been, and will not be, registered under the US Securities Act of 1993 (the "Securities Act"). Such shares may not be offered or sold in the United States (as such term is defined in Regulation S under the Securities Act) except pursuant to an exemption from the registration requirements of the Securities Act. There will be no public offer of securities in the United States. This press release may contain forward-looking statements. When used in this press release, words such as "anticipate", "believe", "estimate", "expect", "plan" and "project" are intended to identify forward-looking statements. They may involve risks and uncertainties, including product demand and market acceptance, the effect of economic conditions, the impact of competitive products and pricing, foreign currency exchange rates and other risks. These forward-looking statements reflect the views of HEXPOL's management as of the date made with respect to future events and are subject to risks and uncertainties. All of these forward-looking statements are based on estimates and assumptions made by HEXPOL's management and are believed to be reasonable, though are inherently uncertain and difficult to predict. Actual results or experience could differ materially from the forward-looking statements. HEXPOL disclaims any intention or obligation to update these forward-looking statements.

Source: HEXPOL


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