Nucor To Acquire Gallatin Steel
Nucor Corporation, the largest metal recycler in North America, announced it will purchase Kentucky-based Gallatin Steel Company, (www.gallatinsteel.com) for approximately $770 million ($630 million after adjustments of anticipated tax benefits).
“Our agreement to purchase Gallatin Steel is a significant step forward in the execution of Nucor’s strategy for profitable growth,” said John Ferriola, chairman, CEO and president of Nucor (www.nucor.com). “Importantly, Gallatin will enhance Nucor’s current position serving flat-rolled customers in the growing pipe and tube segment. We believe this transaction will create excellent value for our shareholders, as the purchase price represents a multiple of approximately 6.4 times estimated 2015 EBITDA before synergies and approximately 5.3 times estimated 2015 EBITDA before synergies net of anticipated tax benefits. We are both excited and proud to have the men and women of the Gallatin team join our Nucor family.”
Gallatin Steel is located in Ghent, Ky., on the Ohio River. It is a flat-rolled products mill, with an annual capacity of approximately 1,800,000 tons, which broadens Nucor’s footprint in the Midwest. Nucor currently has four flat-rolled mills and the addition of Gallatin will increase its total flat-rolled product annual capacity by 16 percent - to approximately 13 million tons.
“Gallatin is a great fit for Nucor and our sheet mill group. Our two companies have a strong cultural compatibility, particularly the importance and focus we each put on safety, quality and productivity,” said Ladd Hall, executive vice president of Flat-Rolled Products. “The acquisition will further strengthen our ability to meet the needs of all of our flat-rolled product customers.”
Nucor stated that it anticipates this transaction will close promptly after the satisfaction of all closing conditions and the receipt of required regulatory approvals. It is expected to be immediately accretive to cash flow and accretive to earnings after working through purchase accounting-valued finished goods inventories. The acquisition will be funded with available cash and commercial paper borrowings. With its strong balance sheet and healthy cash flow generation, Nucor does not anticipate issuing either long-term debt or equity as result of this purchase.
Nucor and affiliates are manufacturers of steel products, with operating facilities primarily in the United States and Canada. Products produced include: carbon and alloy steel - in bars, beams, sheet and plate; steel piling; steel joists and joist girders; steel deck; fabricated concrete reinforcing steel; cold finished steel; steel fasteners; metal building systems; steel grating and expanded metal; and wire and wire mesh. Nucor, through The David J. Joseph Company, also brokers ferrous and nonferrous metals, pig iron and HBI / DRI; supplies ferro-alloys; and processes ferrous and nonferrous scrap.