PE-backed Koppers buys Tolko’s railroad products business for $32 mln

Vernon, B.C.-based forest products company Tolko Industries Ltd recently sold its crosstie treating business and related manufacturing facility to Koppers Holdings Inc (NYSE: KOP) for $32.4 million. The Tolko treating division produces railway ties, bridge timbers and crossing planks. Koppers, a Pittsburgh, Penn.-based integrated producer of carbon compounds and treated wood products, said the acquisition will strengthen its presence in the Canadian railroad industry as well as in the northwest U.S. Koppers is a portfolio company of New York-based private equity firm Saratoga PartnersCapital West Partners acted as financial advisor to Tolko in the transaction.


Koppers Completes Acquisition of Railroad Products Business

PITTSBURGH, PA — (Marketwired) — 01/21/14 — Koppers Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Koppers Holdings Inc. (NYSE: KOP), has completed the purchase of the crosstie treating business and related manufacturing facility of Tolko Industries Ltd. located in Ashcroft, British Columbia, Canada. The purchase price, after an adjustment for working capital of CAD$0.9 million, was CAD$32.4 million subject to post-closing adjustments. The purchase has been funded primarily by cash on hand.

Walt Turner, President and CEO of Koppers, said, “We are pleased to complete the acquisition of Tolko’s Ashcroft crosstie treating business, which will strengthen our presence in the Canadian railroad industry as well as the northwest region of the United States. I am excited to welcome our new Ashcroft employees to the Koppers family.”

About Koppers

Koppers, with corporate headquarters and a research center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is a global integrated producer of carbon compounds and treated wood products. Including its joint ventures, Koppers operates facilities in the United States, United Kingdom, Denmark, the Netherlands, Australia, and China. The stock of Koppers Holdings Inc. is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “KOP.” For more information, visit us on the Web: Questions concerning investor relations should be directed to Leroy M. Ball at 412 227 2118 or Michael W. Snyder at 412 227 2131.

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Source: Koppers Holdings Inc.

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