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AURELIUS closes acquisition of Armstrong Ceiling Solutions from Knauf
In August 2019, AURELIUS reached an agreement to purchase the business, which comprises two production facilities situated in the North East of England and three distribution centres located in the UK, Germany and Spain, as well as business operations and sales capabilities across 11 markets. Following the completion of the transaction, Armstrong Ceiling Solutions is a robust, standalone and profitable entity with over 260 employees, led by a highly experienced and dedicated management team.
The transaction followed Knauf's agreement to acquire Armstrong World Industries' ("AWI") EMEA ceiling business ("Armstrong EMEA") and the retrospective condition required of Knauf by the European Commission to sell parts of the business in order to safeguard market competition for the production and supply of modular suspended ceiling mineral fibre tiles and grid in numerous territories. For the transaction to close, Knauf was obligated to separate the mineral fibre and grid businesses in the ACS Markets to create a new independent group which would then be sold to an approved third-party acquirer. AWI's sale to Knauf of certain subsidies comprising the EMEA and Pacific Rim businesses of AWI completed on 30 September 2019.
Following the execution of a complex carve-out, AURELIUS will implement an extensive, multi-year capital investment programme designed to deliver substantial technical and specification upgrades to both the mineral fibre and grid production sites enabling the two facilities to produce, in-house, all tiles and grid products that are sold by the business across the geographic markets it serves. Going forward, AURELIUS will also work closely with the management team to take advantage of the growth opportunities across all non-residential construction sectors.
Fritz Seemann, Executive Board Member of AURELIUS, commented: "We are delighted that this acquisition has now been completed and we welcome Armstrong Ceiling Solutions (in the ACS Markets) into our portfolio. The completion of this transaction is doubly significant in that it demonstrates AURELIUS' capability to transact in highly challenging market conditions as well as our expertise when it comes to executing complex, cross-border carve-outs. We look forward to supporting Armstrong Ceiling Solutions and its management team during the company's next stage of development, leveraging our extensive experience working with businesses in the manufacturing sector and our operational expertise to support the company's continued growth."
AURELIUS was advised by Eversheds Sutherland (Legal), Linklaters (Anti-Trust counsel) and KPMG (Tax). Knauf Ceilings was advised by PwC (Corporate Finance) and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (Legal).
AURELIUS Equity Opportunities SE & Co. KGaA (ISIN: DE000A0JK2A8, ticker symbol: AR4) is the listed entity within AURELIUS Group and focuses on investing in mid-market corporate carve-outs and platform build-ups in a broad range of industries. With a team of more than 80 in-house operations experts, AURELIUS actively supports its portfolio companies in their long-term development. AURELIUS Equity Opportunities currently has 24 portfolio companies located across Europe which employ around 15,000 people and generate annual revenues of approx. EUR 3.4 billion. The shares of AURELIUS Equity Opportunities are traded on all German stock exchanges.
AURELIUS Group also operates in the areas of growth capital, real estate opportunities and debt. AURELIUS Growth Capital invests in leveraged buyouts usually in succession or corporate spin-off situations. AURELIUS Real Estate Opportunities focuses on real estate investments, the value of which can be increased in the long-term by means of active management. AURELIUS Finance Company is an alternative direct lender, focused on providing flexible debt solutions to small and mid-market firms across Europe.
With its group charity AURELIUS Refugee Initiative e.V., AURELIUS provides comprehensive support for refugees on their way towards a better life.
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