August 24, 2017
Omaha, NE – Valmont Industries, Inc. (NYSE: VMI), a leading global provider of engineered products and services for infrastructure development and mechanized irrigation equipment and services for agriculture, today announced a definitive agreement to sell its Australian mining consumables business to Moly-Cop, a portfolio company of American Industrial Partners, a private equity firm headquartered in the United States. This business, known as Donhad Pty. Ltd., was acquired as part of Valmont’s acquisition of Delta plc in May 2010 and is reported as part of the Company’s Energy and Mining segment, generating $83.1 million in revenues in 2016. The Company plans to use the proceeds from the sale to reinvest in opportunities to grow and improve its existing infrastructure and agricultural businesses. The closing of the transaction is subject to customary conditions and is expected to be completed by the end of 2017, the timing of which is also dependent upon receiving Australian regulatory approvals. No further transaction details were disclosed.
Moly-Cop is a leading global manufacturer of grinding media used primarily by global copper, gold, and iron ore producers to break down ore in the primary phase of mineral concentration. Moly-Cop is the industry’s innovator and has deep technical knowledge in both the underlying metallurgy of its high-performance products and the specific product application requirements of its customers. Moly-Cop was acquired by American Industrial Partners in January 2017.
American Industrial Partners is an operationally-oriented middle-market private equity firm that makes control investments in industrial businesses serving domestic and global markets. The Firm has deep roots in the industrial economy and has been active in private equity investing since 1989. To date, AIP has completed over 70 transactions and currently has USD$4.1 billion of assets under management on behalf of leading pension, endowment and financial institutions.
Valmont is a global leader, designing and manufacturing highly engineered products that support global infrastructure development and agricultural productivity. Its products for infrastructure serve highway, transportation, wireless communication, electric transmission, and industrial construction and energy markets. Its mechanized irrigation equipment for large-scale agriculture improves farm productivity while conserving fresh water resources. In addition, Valmont provides coatings services that protect against corrosion and improve the service lives of steel and other metal products.
This release contains forward-looking statements, within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are based on assumptions that management has made in light of experience in the industries in which Valmont operates, as well as management’s perceptions of historical trends, current conditions, expected future developments and other factors believed to be appropriate under the circumstances. As you read and consider this release, you should understand that these statements are not guarantees of performance or results. They involve risks, uncertainties (some of which are beyond Valmont’s control) and assumptions. Although management believes that these forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, you should be aware that many factors could affect Valmont’s actual financial results and cause them to differ materially from those anticipated in the forward-looking statements. These factors include among other things, risk factors described from time to time in Valmont’s reports to the Securities and Exchange Commission, as well as future economic and market circumstances, industry conditions, company performance and financial results, operating efficiencies, availability and price of raw material, availability and market acceptance of new products, product pricing, domestic and international competitive environments, and actions and policy changes of domestic and foreign governments. The Company cautions that any forward-looking statement included in this press release is made as of the date of this press release and the Company does not undertake to update any forward-looking statement.
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