9 months ago by Bob Gough
Private-equity firm buys company founded in Quincy for $76 a share; Deal expected to close in in the 3rd quarter of 2013
KKR's offer of $76 per share is at a premium of 3 percent to Gardner Denver's Thursday closing price on the New York Stock Exchange. It is 39 percent above what the stock traded at in late October when the company said it was exploring a sale.
Gardner Denver, which makes compressors, pumps and vacuum products for industrial uses, decided to put itself up for sale following months of pressure from activist investor ValueAct Capital LLC, which reported a roughly 5 percent stake in July 2012.
From quincyjournal.com: Gardner Denver CEO Michael Larsen sent an e-mail to Gardner Denver's 6,400 employees this morning. Here is part of it:
"We are excited about this transaction with KKR as it recognizes the value of the highly respected brand that together we have spent so many years
building, as well as the progress we have made executing our dynamic growth strategy. We are confident that as a private company, we will be
well-equipped to capitalize on opportunities in the recovering global markets, particularly in energy, and favorable long-term industry trends.
KKR has great respect for our company, shares our confidence in our future and is committed to continuing the Gardner Denver Way. KKR also recognizes the importance of our employees and your engagement in the business as critical success factors. This transaction with KKR will offer Gardner Denver employees the opportunity to be part of an experienced, robust organization with the depth of expertise that is required to sustain
success and remain on the cutting edge of our sector."
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Reported Thursday night From wsj.com:
The New York private-equity firm and Gardner Denver are expected to make the announcement as soon as Friday, the person said.
The deal values Gardner Denver at roughly $3.74 billion. Its shares closed at $73.85 in 4 p.m. composite trading Thursday on the New York Stock Exchange, giving the company a market capitalization of about $3.63 billion.
KKR's board was meeting late Thursday night to approve the deal, the person said.
KKR had bid $75 a share for the Wayne, Pa.-based company in February and increased the offer after Gardner Denver sought a higher price.