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DGAP-News: GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft: GEA explores possible sale of compressor supplier GEA Bock

DGAP-News: GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft: GEA explores possible sale of compressor supplier GEA Bock

DGAP-News: GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft / Key word(s): Disposal
GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft: GEA explores possible sale of compressor supplier GEA Bock

15.10.2019 / 14:49
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GEA explores possible sale of compressor supplier GEA Bock

Düsseldorf/Frickenhausen, October 15, 2019 - Düsseldorf-based technology group GEA is exploring a possible sale of GEA Bock as part of the Group's continued focus on its strategic core markets - the food, chemical and pharmaceutical industries. As announced at the Capital Markets Day in September, GEA plans to divest selected activities of the future Farm Technologies and Refrigeration Technologies divisions in this connection. On this basis, the GEA Bock business, which is part of the Refrigeration Technologies division, will no longer be treated as a core business of the GEA Group. A sale is expected to take place in the course of 2020. Both employee representatives and employees have been informed about the intended sale.

GEA Bock is a leading supplier of open and semi-hermetic piston compressors in the lower and medium refrigeration capacity range for stationary and transport-related cooling applications. The company employs around 300 people worldwide and generated sales of around EUR 90 million in the 2018 fiscal year. Two-thirds of these employees work at the company's headquarters in Frickenhausen, Germany. The company has three additional locations: in the Czech Republic, India and China.

"GEA Bock as a reliable partner for its customers has a strong market position and is excellently positioned with its products. Since becoming part of the GEA Group, the business has developed very encouragingly and today generates significantly more sales than when it was acquired by GEA in 2011. However, the time has come to make important decisions for the future of this business and in the context of the new structure of the Group as a whole. Unfortunately, the synergies in the areas of portfolio, customers and development envisaged at the time of acquisition have not materialized. This makes it difficult to sustainably develop the GEA Bock business within the GEA Group. GEA is therefore convinced that GEA Bock has significantly better development potential outside the GEA Group structure and strategy," explains Stefan Klebert, CEO of GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft.


Corporate Media and Press:
Marc Pönitz
Peter-Müller-Str. 12, 40468 Düsseldorf, Germany
Phone +49 (0)211 9136-1500
marc.poenitz@gea.com

About GEA
GEA is one of the largest suppliers for the food processing industry and a wide range of other industries that generated consolidated revenues of approximately EUR 4.8 billion in 2018. The international technology group specializes in machinery, and plants as well as process technology and components. GEA provides sustainable energy solutions for sophisticated production processes in various end-user markets and offers a comprehensive service portfolio. The group generates around 70 percent of its revenue in the food and beverages sector that enjoys long-term sustainable growth. As of December 31, 2018, the company employed about 18,500 people worldwide. GEA is a market and technology leader in its business areas. The company is listed on the German MDAX (G1A, WKN 660 200), the STOXX(R) Europe 600 Index and selected MSCI Global Sustainability Indexes. Further information is available on the Internet at gea.com.


Contact

GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft
Phone +49 (0)211 9136 1081
Fax +49 (0)211 9136 31087
gea.com


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Language: English
Company: GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft
Peter-Müller-Straße 12
40468 Düsseldorf
Germany
Phone: +49 (0)211 9136-0
Fax: +49 (0)211 9136-31087
E-mail: ir@gea.com
Internet: www.gea.com
ISIN: DE0006602006
WKN: 660200
Indices: MDAX
Listed: Regulated Market in Berlin, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt (Prime Standard), Hamburg, Munich; Regulated Unofficial Market in Hanover, Stuttgart, Tradegate Exchange
EQS News ID: 890413

 
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