EnerSys Announces Agreement to Acquire NorthStar Battery Company from Altor Fund II
$78 millioncash consideration and the assumption of $104.5 millionin debt this acquisition combines world-class complementary products and expedites $500 millionof Thin Plate Pure Lead (TPPL) production capacity when combined with the new high-speed TPPL production line and supporting equipment
- Synergy savings greater than
$40 millionper annum achieved primarily by minimizing transoceanic freight by manufacturing locally and longer, more efficient, production runs
- Increases our manufacturing capacity for the world class NexSys® motive power batteries and SBS® battery products for the Telecom and Uninterruptable Power Supply industry
- Facilitates the growth of our ODYSSEY® battery brand into the high performance sectors of transportation markets, including Class 8 over the road trucking
- Available floor space at existing NorthStar facility will accommodate our new high-speed TPPL production line, preserving over
$100 millionof existing TPPL production capacity
- Upon closing, adds over $150 million in annualized revenue
With two production facilities in Springfield,
“In line with our previously disclosed strategy to increase sales of premium products we are excited to announce the acquisition of NorthStar, which will enable EnerSys to dramatically accelerate our sales for TPPL batteries,” said David M. Shaffer, President and Chief Executive Officer of EnerSys.
“The manufacturing processes and quality standards of NorthStar are very similar to
“In addition, the newer of the two NorthStar factories was not fully built out and has floor space immediately available for our new TPPL high-speed production line. The highly automated and digitized line has passed manufacturer acceptance tests and was already on route to
“Finally, NorthStar has blue chip customers in
Shaffer continued, “Our premium TPPL core technology distinguishes
The transaction is predicted to generate annual run-rate synergies in excess of $40 million to EnerSys and to be accretive to EnerSys’ earnings, excluding any one-time or acquisition related costs. The transaction is expected to close in the next fifteen (15) days, subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions.
The transaction will also be covered during our Investor Day presentation at
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Motive power batteries and chargers are utilized in electric forklift trucks and other commercial electric powered vehicles. Reserve power batteries are used in the telecommunication and utility industries, uninterruptible power supplies, and numerous applications requiring stored energy solutions including medical, aerospace and defense systems. With our Alpha acquisition,
Our reserve power batteries and powering systems are marketed and sold principally under Alpha®, AlphaCell®, CYCLON®, DataSafe®, EnergyCell™, Genesis®, Hawker®, ODYSSEY®, OutBack Power™ and
About the NorthStar Group of Companies
NorthStar is a world leader in battery technology and energy storage solutions. The company was established in 2000 by a group of experts in the battery industry, who together hold more than 100 years of experience. NorthStar serves blue-chip customers in the segments of
Additional information regarding NorthStar can be found at www.NorthStarbattery.com. For more information about the NorthStar acquisition, please contact Steve Heir, Vice President Business Development, EnerSys, P.O. Box 14145, Reading, PA 19612-4145, USA, by telephone at 610-208-1691 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.