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HEXPOL Acquires Kardoes Rubber, a Well-Known U.S. Rubber Compounder

STOCKHOLM, Sweden--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Regulatory News:

“This is a further step in expanding and strengthening the HEXPOL Group with a further acquisition within our core business. Kardoes Rubber, with its competence and capabilities, will fit nicely into the HEXPOL Group.”

HEXPOL has signed an agreement to acquire the business of Kardoes Rubber Co. from the founder Mr. Frank Kardoes and his family. Frank Kardoes started Kardoes Rubber in 1988 and Kardoes is today a well-known Rubber Compounder in the US market.

"The acquisition is a very good complement to HEXPOL Compounding in the US and broadens and strengthens our presence with Rubber Compounds into end user markets like industrial materials handling, agriculture equipment and off the road tires. Kardoes Rubber expands our capabilities and capacities to serve our customers in a more efficient way."
                                                  Tracy Garrison, President and CEO HEXPOL Compounding NAFTA

Kardoes Rubber, with a manufacturing facility in LaFayette, Alabama, US, had a turnover of 43 MUSD in 2013 and has around 90 employees.

The acquired business has an EBITDA margin below the HEXPOL Group and is expected to give a minor positive impact on earnings per share from start.

"This is a further step in expanding and strengthening the HEXPOL Group with a further acquisition within our core business. Kardoes Rubber, with its competence and capabilities, will fit nicely into the HEXPOL Group."                                                                                              Georg Brunstam, CEO HEXPOL Group

The acquisition price amounts to 31.8 MUSD on a cash and debt free basis and is funded by a combination of cash and existing bank facilities. The acquisition price will be paid upon completion of the acquisition which is estimated to take place at the end of July. The business is expected to be consolidated from August 2014.

HEXPOL is a world-leading polymers group with strong global positions in advanced rubber compounds (Compounding), gaskets for plate heat exchangers (Gasket), and plastic and rubber materials for truck and castor wheel applications (Wheels). Customers are primarily OEM manufacturers of plate heat exchangers and trucks, systems suppliers to the global automotive and engineering industries, the energy sector and medical equipment manufacturers. The Group is organised in two business areas, HEXPOL Compounding and HEXPOL Engineered Products. The HEXPOL Group’s sales in 2013 amounted to 8,036 MSEK. The HEXPOL Group has approximately 3,400 employees in ten countries. Further information is available at www.hexpol.com.

This press release consists of such information that HEXPOL AB (publ.) may be obliged to disclose in accordance with the Swedish Securities Market Act and/or the Financial Instruments Trading Act. The information was submitted for publication on July 11, 2014.

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Contacts

For further information:
Georg Brunstam, +46 708 55 12 51
President and CEO
or
Karin Gunnarsson, +46 705 55 47 32
CFO/IR
or
Tracy Garrison, +1-615-708-7855
President and CEO HEXPOL Compounding NAFTA