Trelleborg has signed an agreement to acquire ČGS Holding a.s. – a privately-owned company with leading positions in agricultural and specialty tyres as well as engineered polymer solutions. The total cash consideration amounts to approximately SEK 10.9 billion on a cash and debt-free basis. ČGS is headquartered in the Czech Republic and generated sales of approximately SEK 5,525 billion in the rolling 12-months period ended 30 June, 2015, with a corresponding EBIT-margin of 16 percent.
Closing of the transaction is subject to approvals from relevant competition authorities and is expected to be completed in the first half of 2016.
“I am very proud to announce this highly complementary acquisition, which is a significant and attractive add-on to our existing businesses. ČGS, with its strong and well performing operations in agricultural and industrial tyres as well as engineered polymer solutions, will strengthen and complement Trelleborg’s already leading positions in a number of existing areas,” says Peter Nilsson, president and CEO of Trelleborg.
“Trelleborg is a trustworthy strategic partner possessing a comprehensive vision for the development of ČGS HOLDING and we are confident that Mitas, Rubena and Savatech rubber manufacturing business will be placed in capable hands,” says CGS spokeswoman Vera Bechynova.
With the acquisition of ČGS and its subsidiary Mitas, Trelleborg is establishing itself as a global leader in agricultural tyres and reinforces its leading position in industrial tyres. As a result of the acquisition, Trelleborg Wheel Systems will almost double its revenues, broaden its geographical reach and add new positions in complementary tyre niches. Mitas is performing strongly despite the current downturn in the agricultural market. Moreover, the acquisition of ČGS’s other industrial polymer businesses will enhance Trelleborg’s leading positions in several of the Group’s existing business areas.
“ČGS has a highly complementary manufacturing footprint with competitive production in Central and Eastern Europe, USA and Mexico. The transaction adds to our capabilities, represents a strong strategic fit and is expected to generate synergies. The plan is to gradually integrate the acquired entities into Trelleborg’s existing five business areas. We regard the purchase price as attractive given the significant synergy potential and expected turnaround for the agricultural market,” concludes Peter Nilsson.
Key facts regarding ČGS Holding
ČGS is a leading supplier of specialty tyres and engineered polymer solutions. The company employs approximately 6,500 people, headquartered in the Czech Republic and has 13 production sites of which 11 are located in Central and Eastern Europe, one in the U.S. and one in Mexico.
The group includes the main subsidiaries Mitas, Rubena and Savatech. Mitas accounts for approximately two-thirds of group sales and has strong mid-market specialty tyres brands with a strong position in agricultural tyres. The speciality tyres offering is complemented by Rubena’s and Savatech’s niche engineered polymer solutions businesses. Rubena and Savatech develop and manufacture a broad range of engineered polymer products, including polymer seals, polymer sealing profiles, speciality conveyor belts and products from engineered fabrics.
Summary of additional financial information
The pro forma combined sales for Trelleborg and ČGS Holding in the rolling 12-months period ended 30 June, 2015, amounted to approximately SEK 30 billion. The combined companies will have approximately 23,000 employees.
CGS HOLDING is a company with a comprehensive rubber production and is based in the Czech Republic. CGS is a progressive company with a transparent holding structure and follows ethical standards, including responsible social and sustainable environmental corporate policies.
Trelleborg is a world leader in engineered polymer solutions that seal, damp and protect critical applications in demanding environments. Its innovative engineered solutions accelerate performance for customers in a sustainable way. The Trelleborg Group has annual sales of about SEK 22 billion in over 40 countries. The Group comprises five business areas: Trelleborg Coated Systems, Trelleborg Industrial Solutions, Trelleborg Offshore & Construction, Trelleborg Sealing Solutions and Trelleborg Wheel Systems. In addition, Trelleborg owns 50 percent of TrelleborgVibracoustic, a global leader within antivibration solutions for light and heavy vehicles, with annual sales of approximately SEK 16 billion in about 20 countries. The Trelleborg share has been quoted on the Stock Exchange since 1964 and is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm, Large Cap. www.trelleborg.com