Hillenbrand, Inc. (NYSE: HI), a global diversified industrial company that makes and sells premium business-to-business products and services for a wide variety of industries, has reached a definitive agreement to sell its Cimcool business to DuBois Chemicals, Inc. The sale follows Hillenbrand’s previously announced strategic review of alternatives for this business, which was part of the 2019 acquisition of Milacron Holdings Corp.
Hillenbrand’s wholly-owned subsidiary Milacron LLC entered into an Equity and Asset Purchase Agreement with DuBois, pursuant to which DuBois will acquire the Cimcool business at a purchase price of approximately $224 million in cash, subject to certain customary closing adjustments. In addition, DuBois has agreed to pay up to $26 million in contingent purchase price upon a future sale of the combined DuBois and Cimcool businesses, conditioned upon DuBois’ ultimate sponsor receiving elevated levels of return on equity, for an aggregate purchase price not to exceed $250 million should these conditions be met.
“The divestiture of Cimcool aligns with our previously disclosed intent to seek strategic alternatives for the business and allows us to remain focused on the continued integration of the Milacron APPT and MDCS businesses with Hillenbrand,” said Joe Raver, president and CEO of Hillenbrand. “The proceeds from the sale will be used for de-leveraging activities, strengthening our financial position as we seek to enhance our leadership positions in the industrial platforms that represent our most compelling opportunities for profitable growth.”