Sartorius to Sell Its Industrial Technologies Division to Minebea Co., Ltd.

  • Sartorius to focus on its core bioprocess and laboratory businesses
  • Excellent prospects for customers and employees of the Industrial Technologies Division under a new roof

GOETTINGEN, Germany--()--Sartorius, a leading international laboratory and pharmaceutical equipment provider, is selling its Industrial Technologies Division (Intec) to the Japanese Minebea Co., Ltd. (Minebea) and their partner, the Development Bank of Japan Inc. The respective contract was signed today. The sales price will be determined as a multiple of the Intec division’s 2014 operating profit and be fixed in early 2015. The contractual parties agreed on a 7.5 multiple on the division’s 2014 operating EBITDA. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory clearance by the antitrust authorities, and is expected to close in the first quarter of 2015.

“By selling our Intec Division to Minebea, we are realizing an important cornerstone of our long-term strategy and focus on our two core activities in Bioprocess and Laboratory. Over the past years we have successfully positioned our Intec business as a specialist for industrial weighing and control technologies and have reached healthy profitability levels. Under Minebea`s roof, this business will now gain the critical mass needed to further extend its footprint internationally, an important prerequisite for further growth. I am convinced that Minebea is the perfect new owner for this business because of the complementarity of the product portfolios and the geographical footprint, and also because of their commitment to long-term strategies and premium products,” commented Joachim Kreuzburg, CEO and Chairman of the Executive Board of Sartorius.

The smallest division in the Sartorius Group, Intec recorded sales revenue of 102 million euros for fiscal 2013; its underlying EBITDA margin attained 10.1% at year-end in the prior reporting period. The division employs around 700 people worldwide, 350 of whom work at its German sites in Hamburg, Aachen and Bovenden. The Intec business will complement the Measurement Components business unit at Minebea, which will take on all Intec Division staff.

Conference call and webcast

Dr. Joachim Kreuzburg, CEO and Executive Board Chairman of Sartorius, will discuss the transaction with analysts and investors on Monday, December 22, 2014, at 3:30 p.m. Central European Time (CET) in a teleconference. You may dial into the teleconference starting at 3:20 p.m. CET at the following numbers:

Germany: +49(0)69 2222 10640

France: +33(0)1 76 77 22 40

UK: +44(0)20 3427 1923

USA: +1646 254 3387

The dial-in code is as follows: 7586730; to view the webcast, log onto:

http://www.sartorius.de/de/konzern/investor-relations/sartorius-ag/

This press release contains statements about the future development of the Sartorius Group. The content of these statements cannot be guaranteed as they are based on assumptions and estimates that harbor certain risks and uncertainties. This is a translation of the original German-language press release. Sartorius shall not assume any liability for the correctness of this translation. The original German press release is the legally binding version. Furthermore, Sartorius reserves the right not to be responsible for the topicality, correctness, completeness or quality of the information provided. Liability claims regarding damage caused by the use of any information provided, including any kind of information which is incomplete or incorrect, will therefore be rejected.

A Profile of Sartorius

The Sartorius Group is a leading international laboratory and process technology provider covering the segments of Bioprocess Solutions, Lab Products & Services and Industrial Technologies. In 2013, the technology group earned sales revenue of 887.3 million euros. Founded in 1870, the Goettingen-based company currently employs more than 6,000 persons. The major areas of activity of its Bioprocess Solutions segment cover filtration, fluid management, fermentation, cell cultivation and purification, and focus on production processes in the biopharmaceutical industry. The Lab Products & Services segment primarily manufactures laboratory instruments and lab consumables. Industrial Technologies concentrates on weighing, monitoring and control applications in the manufacturing processes of the food, chemical and pharma sectors. Sartorius has its own production facilities in Europe, Asia and America as well as sales subsidiaries and local commercial agencies in more than 110 countries.

Contacts

Contact
Sartorius
Petra Kirchhoff
Vice President of Corporate Communications
+49 (0)551.308.1686
petra.kirchhoff@sartorius.com

Contacts

Contact
Sartorius
Petra Kirchhoff
Vice President of Corporate Communications
+49 (0)551.308.1686
petra.kirchhoff@sartorius.com