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Dover (DOV) Wraps Up RegO Buyout, Expands Fueling Solutions

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Dover Corporation (DOV - Free Report) recently completed the buyout of Engineered Controls International, LLC (“RegO”). It will now become part of the Dover Fueling Solutions segment’s OPW Global ("OPW") operating unit.

On Dec 16, the company entered into this deal per which Dover agreed to buy RegO for a cash payment of $631 million, which includes tax step-up benefits with a net present value of approximately $35 million. This buyout will help the company expand its presence in the cryogenic industrial gases end market with robust organic and inorganic growth prospects.

Based in Elon, NC, RegO provides highly-engineered, mission-critical components and services to blue chip customers that facilitate the production, storage and distribution of cryogenic gases utilized in various sets of applications. RegO’s business grew in 2020 and is expected to generate sales of approximately $210 million in the current year. The company registered high-single digits growth in average annual revenue (AAR) in the past three years.

This acquisition is likely to be accretive to Dover’s consolidated EBITDA margins, with possible significant synergy from leveraging its operating scale and capabilities. This buyout will boost Dover’s service offerings for the hydrogen ("H2"), liquefied natural gas ("LNG") and liquefied petroleum gas ("LPG") applications. In fact, the acquisition aligns well with Dover’s focus on enhancing the Fueling Solutions portfolio with a growing presence in clean fuels and other attractive adjacencies.

Dover has a long tradition of undertaking successful acquisitions in diverse end markets. Recently, the company completed three highly-complementary buyouts in radio signal intelligence solutions, industrial 3D visualization software and fueling solutions for alternative fuels like LNG and hydrogen. Last year, Dover acquired Innovation Control Systems (ICS) to expand its offerings in the growing vehicle wash market. The integration of this buyout is ahead of plan. These acquisitions are contributing to the company’s top line. In January 2020, Dover completed the acquisition of Systech International. The buyout supports Dover’s marking and coding portfolio and will expand software and service revenues in the Markem-Imaje segment.

Price Performance

Dover’s shares have gained 45% in the past year compared with the industry’s growth of 10.8%.

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Zacks Rank & Stocks to Consider

Dover currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).

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