By RTT News, October 09, 2013, 10:05:00 PM EDT
(RTTNews.com) - Private equity giant Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P. ( KKR ) said Wednesday that it has agreed to acquire two manufacturing businesses, Crosby Group and Acco Material Handling Solutions, from UK-based engineering company Melrose Industries PLC (MRO.L) for about $1 billion. The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2013.
Tulsa, Oklahoma-based Crosby is a provider of highly engineered solutions for lifting and rigging applications across the oil and gas, construction, and mining and industrial sectors. The company makes lifting and rigging products, such as shackles, blocks, sheaves, fittings, hooks, swivels, and clamps under brands that include Crosby, McKissick, National and Lebus. Crosby has over 1,300 employees globally.
York, Pennsylvania-based Acco provides custom-built specialty material handling equipment, including a full line of hoists, industrial cranes, monorails, carts and trailers that are sold under the Louden, Wright and Nutting brands. The company has 130 employees.
Pete Stavros, a Member of KKR and Head of the Industrials investing team, said, "Crosby and Acco have long and distinguished histories of providing distributors and end customers with the highest quality products and customer support to meet their lifting and rigging needs. We are excited to partner with the many dedicated employees of both companies and look forward to working together to begin a new chapter of growth and global expansion."
KKR, founded in 1976, had $83.5 billion in assets under management as of June 30, 2013. In late July, KKR said it completed the $3.9 billion takeover of industrial equipment maker Gardner Denver Inc.
Melrose acquires manufacturing companies with strong fundamentals, whose performance can be improved by a mixture of investment and changed management focus, and later sells them.
In early August, Melrose Industries said it completed the sale of Marelli Motori to a company owned by Carlyle Group ( CG ) for 212 million euros. Founded in 1891, Marelli Motori is a manufacturer of industrial generators and electric motors, serving worldwide markets for power generation, marine, oil & gas and industrial manufacturing.
KKR closed Wednesday's trading at $19.94, down $0.36 or 1.77 percent on a volume of 2.47 million shares.
MRO.L closed Wednesday's trading on the LSE at 290.10 pence, down 2.80 pence or 0.96 percent on a volume of 1.82 million shares.
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