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Ferro Corporation completes Vetriceramici acquisition

December 05/2014

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Ferro Corporation has announced today that it has completed the acquisition of tile coating manufacturer Vetriceramici S.p.A. for EUR83 million (approximately USD104 million), subject to customary working capital and other purchase price adjustments, reported the company on its site.

Vetriceramici was owned by Milan, Italy-based Private Equity Funds Management Company Star Capital SGR S.p.A. and other related minority owners. The acquisition was previously announced on September 21, 2014.

"Vetriceramici is an excellent strategic fit with our existing tile coatings business and our performance colors and glass business".

The all-cash transaction was funded with excess cash and borrowings under the companys existing revolving credit facility. It is expected to be accretive to Ferros adjusted diluted earnings per share by USD0.12 to USD0.14 in 2015.

Vetriceramici, based in Casola Valsenio, Italy, is a leading supplier of ceramic coatings to high-end tile manufacturers. It has manufacturing facilities in Italy and Mexico, a mixing plant in Poland, and research and development and sales offices in Italy and Turkey. The product line includes high-value, specialty frits and grits (finely-milled frits), glazes, digital inks and other specialized tile coatings, and forehearth color solutions.

"Vetriceramici is an excellent strategic fit with our existing tile coatings business and our performance colors and glass business," said Peter Thomas, Chairman, President and CEO of Ferro Corporation. "The acquisition is in line with our strategy to focus resources on our glass-based coatings businesses, adds to our frit production capacity and expands our geographic footprint. We are excited about bringing these two strong tile coatings businesses together and are eager to assist in accelerating the globalization of the Vetriceramici brand. We look forward to working with the team at Vetriceramici to build on their impressive accomplishments to date."

As MRC informed earlier, in July 2014, A. Schulman, Inc. completed its acquisition of a selected majority of the assets of the Specialty Plastics business segment from Ferro Corporation for USD91 million in cash. The acquisition includes four facilities located in the United States as well as operations in Spain.

Ferro Corporation is a leading global supplier of technology-based performance materials, including glass-based coatings, pigments and colors, and polishing materials. Ferro products are sold into the building and construction, automotive, appliances, electronics, household furnishings, and industrial products markets. Headquartered in Mayfield Heights, Ohio, the company has approximately 4,190 employees globally.

Vetriceramici S.p.A. designs, develops, manufactures, and supplies special products for the ceramics industry. Vetriceramici produces fusion colored grains, technical grains, matte colored micro-grains, frits, double charge products, ceramic glazes, and inks for digital printing. Its products are used in various high-value applications in the ceramic tile and color and glass markets. The company, based in Casola Valsenio, Italy, was founded in 1987 and employs over 200 people.
Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:adhesives, construction, paints and coatings, A.Sshulman, Ferro Corporation, Spain, Italy, USA.
Category:General News
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