Coleman Cable Buys Watteredge

Listed electronic wire and cable company Coleman Cable Inc. has completed its acquisition of the assets of Watteredge Inc. The all-cash deal is valued at about $35 million. Watteredge designs, manufactures and sells secondary power connectors, including electric arc furnace cables, resistance welding cables, industrial high-performance copper bus bars and other conduction devices.

PRESS RELEASE

Coleman Cable, Inc. CCIX -3.02% (“Coleman”, the “Company” or “CCI”), a leading manufacturer and innovator of electrical and electronic wire and cable products, announced today that it has completed the acquisition of substantially all of the assets of Watteredge, Inc. (“Watteredge”) in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $35.0 million. Watteredge designs, manufactures and sells secondary power connectors, including electric arc furnace cables, resistance welding cables, industrial high-performance copper bus bars and accessories, and other high performance power conduction devices and accessories. Watteredge serves the steel, chemical, chlorine, power generation, fiberglass and automotive industries and sells its products and services worldwide.

 

“This acquisition immediately expands our product platform and allows us to provide an entirely new line of highly engineered industrial products across a number of end markets,” said Gary Yetman, president and chief executive officer of Coleman. “Furthermore, by aligning ourselves with Watteredge, we acquire a management team with a history of delivering consistently strong financial results and proven experience in providing value-added, engineered solutions to its customers both in the United States and internationally.”

 

Watteredge, which was first formed in 1949, has been family owned and operated for thirty years prior to the acquisition of its assets by Coleman Cable. Coleman plans to retain Watteredge’s workforce and continue all of its production at Watteredge’s current manufacturing plant in Avon Lake, Ohio. The acquisition of the assets of Watteredge, whose sales and Adjusted EBITDA for 2011 were nearly $25.0 million and $6.0 million, respectively, was structured as an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $35.0 million, subject to working capital adjustments, and closed on May 31, 2012 at which point substantially all of the assets of Watteredge were acquired by Watteredge LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Coleman. Coleman anticipates that the assets acquired, primarily accounts receivable, inventory and production machinery and equipment, will contribute approximately $6.0 to $7.0 million in earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization and certain deal and related costs (Adjusted EBITDA) and between $0.10 and $0.15 diluted earnings per share in 2013 excluding deal and related costs, while contributing $3.0 to $3.5 million in Adjusted EBITDA for the remainder of 2012 (7 months) and being earnings neutral for the balance of 2012 given the projected impact of purchase accounting. Additional details can be obtained at http://investors.colemancable.com/index.cfm .

 

About Coleman Cable, Inc.

 

Coleman Cable, Inc. is a leading manufacturer and innovator of electrical and electronic wire and cable products for the security, sound, telecommunications, electrical, commercial, industrial, and automotive industries. With extensive design and production capabilities and a long-standing dedication to customer service, Coleman Cable, Inc. is the preferred choice of cable and wire users throughout North America. For more information, please visit http://www.colemancable.com/ .

 

Forward Looking Statements

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