FORTIVE TO ACQUIRE EA ELEKTRO-AUTOMATIK, AN INDUSTRY-LEADING PROVIDER OF ELECTRONIC TEST & MEASUREMENT SOLUTIONS
- $1.45 billion purchase price, net of tax benefit, represents mid-teens projected 2024 EBITDA multiple; expected to be accretive to core growth and adjusted gross and operating margins
- Expands leading position in electronic test & measurement, poised to benefit from anticipated multi-decade, multi-industry market expansion
- Addition of EA enhances Fortive’s durable, high-growth compounding profile with anticipated high-single digit ROIC in Year 3 and double-digit ROIC Year 5, with potential upside from working capital synergies
EVERETT, Wash – October 23, 2023 – Fortive Corporation ("Fortive") (NYSE: FTV) announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire EA Elektro-Automatik Holding GmbH (EA), a leading supplier of high-power electronic test solutions for energy storage, mobility, hydrogen, and renewable energy applications, for $1.45 billion in cash, net of $215 million of tax benefits from Bregal Unternehmerkapital. The acquisition is subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals and is expected to close in early first quarter of 2024.
James A. Lico, President and Chief Executive Officer of Fortive, said, “We are pleased to announce our agreement to acquire EA Elektro-Automatik to enhance our leading position in electronic test and measurement, helping to enable the global energy transition. This acquisition will further position Fortive in multi-decade, multi-industry, high growth markets, leveraging Tektronix’s global franchise and the power of the Fortive Business System to create unparalleled value for customers and shareholders.”
Fortive expects to finance the acquisition with available cash and debt financing. The acquisition is expected to be accretive to adjusted gross and operating margins and neutral to modestly accretive to adjusted diluted net earnings per share in fiscal 2024.
Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC and J.P. Morgan Securities LLC served as financial advisors and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer served as legal counsel to Fortive.
Fortive will discuss the transaction in more detail on its previously announced third quarter 2023 earnings conference call, scheduled for Wednesday, October 25, 2023, at 12:00 p.m. ET.
Fortive is a provider of essential technologies for connected workflow solutions across a range of attractive end-markets. Fortive’s strategic segments - Intelligent Operating Solutions, Precision Technologies, and Advanced Healthcare Solutions - include well-known brands with leading positions in their markets. The company’s businesses design, develop, service, manufacture, and market professional and engineered products, software, and services, building upon leading brand names, innovative technologies, and significant market positions. Fortive is headquartered in Everett, Washington and employs a team of more than 18,000 research and development, manufacturing, sales, distribution, service and administrative employees in more than 50 countries around the world. With a culture rooted in continuous improvement, the core of our company’s operating model is the Fortive Business System. For more information please visit: www.fortive.com.
FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS
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Elena Rosman, Vice President, Investor Relations
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