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09-11-2022

Chart to acquire Howden

Chart today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Howden, a leading global provider of mission critical air and gas handling products and services, from affiliates of KPS Capital Partners, LP. The purchase price is $4.4 billion and will be funded through a combination of cash and shares of a newly created class of preferred stock. The acquisition is subject to the receipt of certain regulatory approvals and the satisfaction of other customary closing conditions and is expected to close in the first half of 2023.

The acquisition will result in estimated combined revenue of approximately $3.4 billion based on the trailing twelve months as of August 31, 2022. The purchase price represents 12.9x Howden’s adjusted EBITDA for the 12 months ended August 31, 2022, or 8.5x including estimated annual cost synergies of $175 million to be achieved in the first 12 months of ownership ($250 million annual cost synergies by year three). In addition to cost opportunities, Chart has identified significant commercial synergies that are expected to reach $350 million annually by year three.

Howden, headquartered in the U.K., is a leading global provider of mission critical air and gas handling products providing service and support to customers around the world in highly diversified end markets and geographies. Howden manufactures highly engineered fans, compressors, rotary heat exchangers, steam turbines, and other air and gas handling products, services, and solutions. With over 160 years of experience as a world-class application engineering and manufacturing company, Howden enables customers to achieve environmental and operational targets and efficiencies, including decarbonization of operations.

“The combination of Chart and Howden furthers our global leadership position in highly engineered process technologies and products serving the Nexus of Clean™ – clean power, clean water, clean food and clean industrials. The offerings of Chart and Howden are highly complementary, bringing multiple cost synergies, commercial synergies and efficiencies in the first year, along with significant aftermarket, service and repair exposure, which lifts the margin profile of the combined business, adds resiliency and broadens our end markets,” stated Jill Evanko, Chart’s CEO and President. “The two companies have shared customer-centric values and are both very committed to innovation which will result in expanded reach into global markets and acceleration in product development.”

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