Colfax Announces Acquisition of ČKD Kompresory


Colfax Corporation announced that it has entered into a binding agreement to acquire ČKD Kompresory a.s., based in Prague, Czech Republic, from ČKD Group.

The transaction values ČKD Kompresory at approximately $57 million, including the assumption of debt, and is expected to close in the fourth quarter following the fulfillment of certain conditions. Upon closing, the business will join the Howden operations and be renamed Howden ČKD Compressors s.r.o.

ČKD Kompresory is a leading supplier of multi-stage centrifugal compressors to the oil & gas, petrochemical, power and steel industries. This acquisition will build on Howden’s strength in reciprocating, screw and turbo compressors, broadening and enhancing the product portfolio and further expanding the business’ geographic footprint in Russia and Eastern Europe. In 2012, ČKD Kompresory had approximate revenues of $40 million and EBITDA of $6.5 million.

In making the announcement, Steve Simms, President and Chief Executive Officer of Colfax, stated, “With a history extending back nearly 150 years, ČKD Kompresory is a wonderful brand with a great team and geographic footprint. This transaction will strengthen Howden’s compressor business, and expand Colfax’s exposure to end markets with exciting growth potential.

Mr. Simms continued, “We are pleased to announce another investment in the Howden business. A disciplined acquisition process, coupled with financial flexibility, is allowing us to continue executing on our stated bolt-on acquisition strategy.”

Soňa Vladařová, Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer of ČKD Group, stated, “We are very pleased to have reached this agreement with as strong and reputable a partner as Colfax. We believe Howden’s technical expertise, market knowledge, resources and competencies will enable ČKD Kompresory to accomplish even more than it has thus far. We also believe there is significant potential for further business cooperation between Colfax and ČKD Group. This divestiture fits ČKD Group’s long-term strategy to focus on its EPC business in the power sector, oil & gas and infrastructure.”

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