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Dürr Completes Acquisition of MEGTEC/Universal

BIETIGHEIM-BISSINGEN | Dürr has completed the purchase of the industrial environmental technology business of US company Babcock & Wilcox Enterprises, Inc. (B&W), after receiving approval from the US committee CFIUS. This will create the world’s leading supplier of environmental systems for industrial exhaust-air purification. Dürr is acquiring 100 percent of the shares in each of the three B&W subsidiaries, Babcock & Wilcox MEGTEC LLC, Babcock & Wilcox MEGTEC Holdings Inc., and Babcock & Wilcox Universal Inc., through its US subsidiary, Dürr Inc. The purchase price is based on an enterprise value for the three companies of around €110 million. The MEGTEC/Universal companies will be fully consolidated within the Dürr Group from Oct. 5, 2018.

Ralf W. Dieter, CEO of Dürr AG, says, “The acquisition of MEGTEC/Universal will create an effective global market leader in industrial exhaust-air purification technology capable of delivering first-class products and services to customers all around the world. Following the takeover, the Clean Technology Systems division will reach a critical size, with sales of around €400 million, to operate successfully in the world market in the long term. We then plan to use this as a basis for further expansion.”
MEGTEC and Universal will become part of the Dürr Group’s environmental technology division, Clean Technology Systems. In 2018, Dürr expects total sales of about €200 million for MEGTEC and Universal. Around a quarter of that will be posted to Dürr’s account after they are consolidated within Dürr from October 5. The Clean Technology Systems division also expects to achieve sales of up to € 200 million for 2018. Dürr aims to achieve significant growth in environmental technology systems for the years ahead. In this segment, Dürr is targeting sales of up to €500 million and an EBIT margin of 6 to 7 percent by 2021.

Dr. Jochen Weyrauch, who is responsible for the Clean Technology Systems division on the Dürr AG Board of Management, says, “What is important for us now is to implement the integration quickly and successfully with uniform processes and a clear organizational structure. We are thoroughly prepared for this. We will then leverage any growth potential.”

EBIT for MEGTEC/Universal is expected to be positive in 2018 as a whole and in Q4 2018. At the Dürr Group level, however, the MEGTEC/Universal earnings contribution will be slightly negative in Q4 2018, due to high extraordinary expenses (especially purchase price allocation effects). The operating EBIT margin for the Dürr Group in 2018 (before extraordinary effects) should reach 7.4 to 7.8  percent as expected before. The EBIT margin after extraordinary effects is expected to range between 6.8 and 7.3 % as a result of the MEGTEC/Universal acquisition, making it, as announced in June, slightly lower than the 7.0 to 7.5  percent anticipated hitherto.

MEGTEC, the larger of the two acquired segments, offers not only exhaust-air purification systems but also dryers and coating systems for the production of electrodes for lithium-ion batteries. Universal is a leading supplier of acoustic solutions, specializing in noise and emission filtration systems.

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