Metso expands aggregate business with McCloskey deal

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Metso is expanding its aggregates business with the acquisition of mobile crushing and screening equipment manufacturer McCloskey International.

Previously more focused on mining, the deal will enable the firm to broaden its reach to general contractor customers and take advantage of developments in the mobile aggregate equipment market over the next few years.

Driven by increases in road construction spending between now and 2023, growth in the sector is expected to increase by 4-6% annually.

“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.

In the 12-month period ending September 30, 2018, McCloskey had pro forma sales of CAD 464 million (EUR 308 million) and a pro forma EBITDA margin of 10.3%. The company’s strong 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 September 30, 2019, are expected to exceed CAD 500 million (US$357 million). McCloskey has approx. 900 employees in Canada, the United States and Northern Ireland.

Markku Simula, president of the Aggregates Equipment business area in Metso, said, “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.

“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,”

The enterprise value of the transaction is CAD 420 million (US$316 million) payable at closing with an additional profitability-based earn-out consideration of up to CAD 35 million (US$26 million) for the two-year period after closing. The transaction is expected to be positive for Metso’s earnings per share in 2020. McCloskey will be reported in Metso’s Minerals segment.

Paschal McCloskey, founder, president and CEO of McCloskey International, added, “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.”

The acquisition is subject to customary closing conditions, including anti-trust approvals. Closing is expected to take place during Q4 2019.

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