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Meggitt acquires composites division of EDAC for US$340m

News International-French

24 Sep 2015

The international engineering group specialising in aerospace, defence and energy markets, has agreed to acquire the composites division of EDAC, formerly known as Parkway Aerospace & Defense, from Greenbriar Equity Group and other associated sellers for US$340 million in cash.

EDAC produces highly engineered aerospace components for jet engine and airframe applications, with over 85% of revenues in civil aerospace composites. Key customers include GE, Snecma and United Technologies.

It has a substantial presence, via multi-year long-term agreements, on high-growth jet engine platforms including the GEnx, Pratt & Whitney PurePower family and LEAP engines.

The Business has sites in Erlanger (Kentucky), Cincinnati (Ohio) and two sites, one of which is a joint venture with UTC Aerospace Systems, in Saltillo, Mexico. The joint venture site focuses on the manufacture of secondary aerospace structures. The business has a combined workforce of 579.

Combined with the existing composite activities of Meggitt, this acquisition and the recently announced complementary acquisition of the advanced composites businesses of Cobham PLC will create a world-class franchise in high-growth niche composite components focusing on engine components, secondary structures, ice protection and radomes. The combined businesses put the group in a good position to build on the increasing requirement for high-integrity composite components in aerospace markets.

EDAC will be integrated into Meggitt Polymers & Composites (MPC), a division of Meggitt PLC.

Stephen Young, Group Chief Executive of Meggitt, commented: "This business is a rare, scale player in civil engine and other composite parts. Like the complementary acquisition of the advanced composites businesses of Cobham plc for which the completion process is well underway, this decisively moves our composites strategy forward, and positions us strongly in this key growth area."

Revenues for EDAC in 2015 are expected to be US$104 million and the purchase price, adjusted to exclude the $25 million present value of the tax asset acquired with the business, implies a multiple of 12.5x 2016 estimated EBITDA. The transaction will, subject to the completion of standard documentation, be financed by the previously announced debt facilities which are being increased to $600 million.

The acquisition, which is conditional on regulatory clearances including CFIUS and anti-trust, and other customary conditions, is expected to complete by the end of 2015. As a result of the transaction, and in order to retain flexibility for further bolt-on acquisitions, the Meggitt Board of Directors has decided to suspend the buyback programme for the remainder of the financial year. The Board will continue to consider future cash returns to shareholders as part of the stated capital allocation policy.

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