AGCO, a worldwide manufacturer and distributor of agricultural equipment, today announced that it has agreed to acquire GSI Holdings Corp. from affiliates of New York-based Centerbridge Partners, L.P. for $940 million. With annual revenue of over $700 million, GSI is a leading global manufacturer of grain storage and protein production systems. Headquartered in Assumption, Illinois, GSI sells its products globally through more than 500 independent dealers. The transaction is expected to close before the end of 2011, subject to regulatory approval.
"GSI is an excellent fit with AGCO and will allow us to extend our reach in the agricultural industry and provide our customers with an even wider range of products and services," stated Martin Richenhagen, AGCO's Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. "With its high quality products and services, recognized brands and global capabilities, GSI gives us strong positions in the grain storage and protein production segments and is well-positioned to benefit from increases in global grain and food demand."
AGCO's global presence along with its manufacturing and purchasing capabilities will provide additional opportunities to GSI for growth and operational efficiencies. GSI will also significantly enhance AGCO's sales and profitability in its North American region. The transaction is expected to be immediately accretive to earnings and cash flow. AGCO has received committed bank financing from Rabobank to finance the transaction and refinance existing credit lines.
"Today marks the beginning of a very exciting chapter for GSI," said Scott Clawson, President and Chief Executive Officer of GSI. "Through this combination, we will create a stronger business for our customers and employees that will allow us to maximize our growth opportunities, both domestically and abroad. GSI's long and proud history will continue as part of the AGCO family."
AGCO will host a conference call to discuss the transaction on October 3, 2011 at 9:00 AM ET. The U.S. dial-in number is 866-613-7270; the international dial-in number is 706-679-2608; with reference ID Code 14798028. The conference call and replay will also be available via webcast in the Investor section of www.agcocorp.com. A slide presentation will be used on the call and will be posted on the Company's website.
Morgan Stanley is acting as financial advisor and Troutman Sanders is serving as legal advisor to AGCO. Goldman, Sachs & Co. and CIBC World Markets Inc. are acting as financial advisors and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP is serving as legal advisor to GSI.