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Kadant to Buy Syntron Material, Boost Commercial Footprint

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Kadant Inc.(KAI - Free Report) has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Syntron Material Handling Group, LLC and some of its affiliates (“Syntron”), for roughly $179 million in cash.

Syntron is a renowned provider of systems and material handling equipment to different process industries, including packaging, food processing, mining, aggregates, and pulp and paper. The company manufactures state-of-the-art vibratory and conveying equipment under the Syntron and Link-Belt brands, at its facilities located in Changshu, China and Tupelo, MS. The company’s trailing 12-month revenues (ended Oct 31, 2018) came in at nearly $89 million and enjoys a stable earnings record past few years.

Kadant expects that the Syntron acquisition will aid in strengthening its commercial footprint across new process industries. The deal, currently subject to customary closing conditions, is predicted close in January 2019.

Kadant also noted that it has got into a limited consent under its existing credit agreement. Per this consent, the credit agreement lenders have agreed to limit certain funding conditions relating to the loans that Kadant might require, for funding a portion of the Syntron acquisition.

Our Take

Kadant currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). The company is poised to grow on the back of solid end-market demand, acquisitions and potential innovation investments. However, material cost inflation (on account of tariffs), adverse foreign-exchange impact and unfavorable sales mix might dent Kadant’s near-term growth.

Over the past month, the company’s stock has lost 18.6%, wider than the 3.5% loss recorded by the industry it belongs to.


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