P&M Corporate Finance, LLC (PMCF) is pleased to announce that Hillenbrand, Inc. (NYSE: HI) has acquired Coperion Capital GmbH (Coperion) from Deutsche Beteiligungs AG for approximately $545 million. PMCF served as Hillenbrand’s exclusive financial advisor in the transaction and also provided the company with a fairness opinion.
Based in Stuttgart, Germany, Coperion is a global leader in the manufacture of compounding, extrusion and bulk material handling equipment used in a broad range of industries, including plastics, chemical, food processing, pharmaceutical and aluminum, as well as related replacement parts and service. As a result of this transaction, Coperion is the largest company in Hillenbrand’s Process Equipment Group. The acquisition of Coperion represents an important achievement in the ongoing execution of Hillenbrand’s global growth strategy.
“The acquisition of Coperion represents a very significant move forward for our company. Coperion is a highly respected global company, which is led by an exceptionally talented management team,” said Kenneth A. Camp, Hillenbrand’s president and chief executive officer. “P&M Corporate Finance provided excellent service to us in all aspects of executing this transaction.”
The Coperion acquisition is the third transaction on which PMCF has advised Hillenbrand. In September 2011, Hillenbrand acquired ROTEX Global, a leading manufacturer of screening equipment and technology for a broad range of process industries, for $240 million. In April 2010, Hillenbrand acquired K-Tron International, a leading global process equipment manufacturer, for $435 million. Having completed the K-Tron and ROTEX Global transactions, Hillenbrand and PMCF continued to work closely together to find companies that exhibited attractive growth characteristics in adjacent applications and markets, resulting in the identification of Coperion.
“PMCF is pleased to have advised Hillenbrand on this third important transaction,” said Matt Jamison, managing director of PMCF. “The acquisition of Coperion enables Hillenbrand to capitalize on several growth opportunities in support of its ongoing strategy of becoming a global, diversified industrial company. In addition, the transaction represents a significant success for PMCF and its global investment banking group, Corporate Finance International (CFI). CFI provided valuable on-the-ground investment banking resources in Germany, which facilitated the seamless execution of this transaction.”