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RBC Bearings Acquires Climax Metal

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Headquartered in Oxford, Conn., RBC Bearings Incorporated (ROLL - Free Report) recently acquired Climax Metal Products Company. Based in Mentor, Ohio, Climax Metal is a provider of engineered shaft locking solutions, including shaft collars, rigid couplings and keyless locking devices. The acquisition was worth $13.6 million.

Climax Metal generated revenues of $14.1 million in the last calendar year, whereas RBC Bearings recorded revenues of $403.1 million in the fiscal year ended Mar 2013.

RBC Bearings is on constant lookout for acquisitions to enhance its product portfolio as well as geographical reach. Since Oct 1992, RBC Bearings has made 20 accretive acquisitions. Of these, the acquisitions of Lubron, PIC Design, A.I.D. Company and BEMD Company deserve special mention.

In March, RBC Bearings acquired Western Precision Aero LLC, a manufacturer of precision components and gears, for $2.6 million.

Earlier this month, the company reported fiscal first-quarter 2014 results with adjusted earnings of 66 cents per share, increasing 6.5% year over year. However, net sales declined 0.6% year over year to $102.7 million due to weekness in the Industrial segment. The company also announced that the steady cash in the balance sheet will be used for future acquisitions.

RBC Bearings manufacturers and distributes plain, roller and ball bearings. These bearings are a tool to reduce damage and energy loss along with smoothening of proper power transmission in the majority of machine and mechanical systems.

The company currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). However, other stocks worth a look in the industry are NN Inc. (NNBR - Free Report) , Northwest Pipe Co. (NWPX - Free Report) and CIRCOR International, Inc. (CIR - Free Report) . While NN Inc. and Northwest Pipe carry a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), CIRCOR carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).

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