Hudson Technologies, Inc. (“Hudson”) announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Airgas-Refrigerants, Inc. (“ARI”), a subsidiary of Airgas, Inc., a leading U.S. supplier of industrial gases, in a transaction valued on a gross basis at approximately $220 million, subject to closing and post-closing adjustments.
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ARI is a leading refrigerant distributor and EPA certified reclaimer in the U.S. ARI distributes, reclaims and packages refrigerant gases for a variety of end uses.
Potential benefits of the acquisition include:
<li>ARI’s HFC distribution business will favorably position Hudson as the industry shifts from Hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) to Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).</li>
<li>Broader customer network will provide Hudson with access to refrigerant for reclamation while also strengthening distribution capabilities.</li>
<li>Adding incremental reclamation processing capacity to support the anticipated growth in reclamation volume from the ongoing phase out of HCFC (R-22) production and the future phase down of HFC production.</li>
<li>Enabling Hudson to sell its state-of-the-art Global Energy Services offerings to a broader base of customers.</li>
<li>Enhancing geographic footprint in the U.S.</li>
<li>Combining two highly complementary businesses.</li>
As of March 31, 2017, trailing 12 month pro forma revenue of the combined business is approximately $250 million. The transaction is expected to be accretive to earnings beginning one year following the close of the transaction.
The acquisition will be financed with available cash balances plus borrowings under an enhanced asset based lending facility of $150 million from PNC Bank and a new term loan from funds advised by FS Investments and sub-advised by GSO Capital Partners LP of between $95 million and $110 million. No additional Hudson equity will be issued to finance this transaction.
The acquisition of ARI is subject to customary closing conditions, including the consummation of the contemplated debt financing, and the expiration or termination of the applicable waiting periods under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act, and is currently expected to close in 2017.
Source: Hudson Technologies