Columbus McKinnon (CMCO) Buys Stahlhammer Bommern - Analyst Blog

Columbus McKinnon Corporation ( CMCO ) announced that it has purchased Stahlhammer Bommern GmbH (STB), the manufacturer of lifting tools and forged parts that are able to withstand heavy static and dynamic loads. STB is a leading European manufacturer of heavy-load single and ramshorn hooks.

Columbus McKinnon bought STB for $24.6 million in cash and assumed about $6.6 million of net debt. The purchase deal also includes a potential $3.7 million earn-out, subject to achieving a specific profit target through 2015. With the acquisition of STB, the rigging tool portfolio of Columbus McKinnon will expand, including a much wider variety of eye, shank and ramshorn lifting hooks.

The acquisition will also enhance Columbus McKinnon's foothold across targeted global vertical markets, such as oil & gas, mining, construction and heavy equipment industries. The company aims at making products of STB available globally through its established sales and distribution network.

Columbus McKinnon, a leading maker and marketer of material handling products and services, released its second-quarter fiscal 2015 (ended Sep 30, 2014) results in Oct 2014. The company's earnings increased 47.2% year over year to 53 cents in the reported quarter.

Net sales were $147 million, up 5.9% from the year-ago quarter, driven by volume gains in the U.S., Asia Pacific and Latin America, as well as better pricing and one additional shipping day.

Columbus McKinnon currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).

Some better-ranked stocks in the industrial goods sector include Alamo Group, Inc. ( ALG ), Regal Beloit Corp. ( RBC ) and ZBB Energy Corp. ( ZBB ). While Alamo Group carries a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), Regal Beloit and ZBB Energy hold a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).

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