Further to its announcement on 5 January 2018, Keller today announces that it has acquired the entire issued share capital of Moretrench Inc., a geotechnical contracting company operating predominantly along the east coast of the US, from its employee shareholders for US$90.0m. At the end of February, the business had net cash of US$4.3m.
Moretrench has a strong heritage of complex geotechnical projects and in the year ended 31 December 2017 had revenue of US$168.3m, operating profit of US$11.3m and EBITDA of US$15.8m (both excluding US$2.8m of charges relating directly to the Employee Share Ownership Plan and the transaction). Moretrench’s net assets as at 31 December 2017 were US$66.4m. The acquisition was funded wholly in cash from Keller’s existing borrowing facilities.
Following the acquisition, Keller will be by far the most capable geotechnical solutions provider on the east coast and will be very well positioned for the expected long term renewal of infrastructure in the region. In addition, the acquisition gives Keller access to new niche geotechnical products as well as new industrial customers and should result in good revenue and cost synergies. Keller and Moretrench have partnered on a number of successful project JVs in the past which gives confidence in the mutual compatibility of culture and management approaches.
Alain Michaelis, Chief Executive of Keller, said:
“The acquisition of Moretrench is in line with our strategy of growing our product range and building strong customer-focused businesses. I am confident this will be an excellent addition to Keller. We know the business well, its people, technologies and geographic focus complement Keller’s existing businesses in the US and there should be good synergies.”
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Keller is the world’s largest geotechnical contractor, providing technically advanced geotechnical solutions to the construction industry. With annual revenue of around £2.0bn, Keller has more than 10,000 employees world-wide.
Keller is the clear market leader in the US, Canada, Australia and South Africa; it has prime positions in most established European markets and a strong profile in many developing markets.
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