Lafert will be the Competence Center for the research and development of all electric motors of Sumitomo Drive Technologies, aiming to increase the total production value from the current 250 to 400 million Euro in 2025.
Tokyo / San Donà di Piave, 25th May 2018 - Sumitomo Heavy Industries Ltd., a leading Japanese company listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, which generated revenues of over 6 billion Euro in 2017 and employs 20,000 people worldwide, announces the acquisition of Lafert Group, European leader in the design and production of electric motors and drivers customized for industrial use. Lafert closed 2017 with a turnover of 150 million Euro, over 9% more than 2016 and an EBITDA margin above 10%; revenues of the first quarter 2018 were 17% above previous year.
The value of the transaction, which will be finalized after closing activities and the approval of the Antitrust Authority, is equal to an equity value of EUR 172.65 million. Following the acquisition, Lafert will be part of Power Transmission and Controls division of Sumitomo Heavy Industries, which is known as the brand Sumitomo Drive Technologies, the market leader in Japan. In 2017, Power Transmission and Controls business segment closed with almost 1 billion Euro sales and an operating income margin above 10%.
The current top management will continue to be engaged in the company activities to pursue the growth plan of Lafert and assure the best integration possible. All Lafert facilities and staff, in Italy and abroad, will be maintained and enhanced, supported by a strong development strategy.
Lafert future development
The acquisition of Lafert is a milestone in Sumitomo Heavy Industries’ expansion strategy in the electric motors and industrial machines electrification space. Lafert will be the global Competence Center for the research and development of all motors under the Sumitomo Drive Technologies banner and will also be the point of reference for the market development in the future.
Lafert will lead on a global scale sales, marketing, R&D and engineering activities as to motors manufactured in its production facilities, in Italy, Slovenia and China.
The robust financials of Sumitomo Heavy Industries will support Lafert growth strategy and will facilitate the company in consolidating its leading position in the electric motors market. Both Sumitomo Heavy Industries and Lafert will mutually benefit from accessing new markets.
Growth and business areas
The total value of the production of electric motors of Sumitomo Drive Technologies after the acquisition of Lafert will amount to 250 million Euro, of which 24% brushless servomotors and torque motors, 12% permanent magnet synchronous motors and 64% asynchronous motors. The target is to increase to 400 million Euro by 2025, also thanks to an ambitious plan of investments and organisation strengthening.
Following the acquisition of Lafert, the EMEIA (Europe, Middle East, India and Africa) sales of Sumitomo Drive Technologies will consist in 49% electric motors, 6% geared motors, 19% precision gears, 18% gearboxes and 8% services.
With this deal, Lafert will be able to expand its product portfolio with the wide range of industrial and precision gears, as well as higher frame sizes (180-250) asynchronous motors produced by Sumitomo Heavy Industries.
Many business opportunities can be developed thanks to the fact that there is no overlap between the two product portfolios. The main target markets are industrial automation, HVAC/R applications, air technologies, material handling and robotics, textile machineries, food & beverage.
Lafert Group has been assisted by Studio BM&A (Treviso) as legal adviser, by Scouting as financial adviser and by Consimp (Treviso) as accounting and tax adviser.
Sumitomo Heavy Industries has been assisted by Bonelli Erede Pappalardo as legal adviser, by GCA Altium as financial adviser and by Deloitte as accounting and tax adviser.
SUMITOMO HEAVY INDUSTRIES LTD.
Sumitomo Heavy Industries is one of the 33 companies of the Sumitomo Group, founded by Masatomo Sumitomo about 400 years ago in Japan. In 2017, Sumitomo Heavy Industries closed with a record high of over 6 billion Euro in both order-receiving and sales and an operating income margin of 8.8%.
Sumitomo Heavy Industries operates in the engineering sector and is a highly innovative company that designs, manufactures and distributes a wide range of products, such as mechanical components as Power Transmission and Controls products, precision machines such as plastic injection molding machines and cancer treatment machines, industrial machinery, construction machinery, ships and environmental facilities. More information is available on the company’s website http://www.shi.co.jp/english/index.html