AZZ Inc. Announces the Divestiture of the AZZ SMS LLC Business
October 26, 2020 at 16:05 PM EDT
FORT WORTH, Texas, Oct. 26, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- AZZ Inc. (NYSE:AZZ), a global provider of metal coating solutions, welding solutions, specialty electrical equipment and highly engineered services, today announced that it has completed the divestiture of its AZZ SMS LLC ("SMS" or "Field Services") operating business unit to Mid-State Machine and Fabricating Corporation ("Mid-State Industrial Maintenance" or "Mid-State"), a privately held company based in Lakeland, Florida. Mid-State acquired the SMS business and assumed a 26,155 square foot facility located in St. Petersburg, Florida. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed and are subject to customary terms and conditions.
SMS was acquired by AZZ in 2013 as part of the acquisition of Aquilex Specialty Repair and Overhaul LLC ("Aquilex SRO"). As part of its recently disclosed earnings announcement, AZZ recorded a non-cash charge related to the divestiture of SMS to fiscal year 2021 second quarter, which ended on August 31, 2020. AZZ reported the charge related to the impairment in its Form 10-Q for the second quarter, which was filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on October 13, 2020. AZZ expects a nominal revenue impact of approximately $35 million and anticipates the deal to be cash positive for the Company.
Tom Ferguson, Chief Executive Officer of AZZ, commented, "The divesture of SMS is in line with our strategic plan to restructure our portfolio to focus on growth within our core businesses. We are pleased to have reached an agreement with Mid-State to acquire SMS, while maintaining uninterrupted service to the customers of SMS, and employment for the SMS work force. We are focused on activities that will drive higher returns on invested capital within our core businesses for long-term margin expansion and growth."
About Mid-State Machine and Fabricating
Mid-State Industrial Maintenance is a leading provider of on-site and off-site industrial maintenance and service solutions. Headquartered in Lakeland, Florida, Mid-State serves as an outsourced maintenance and repair services provider to customers in the chemical processing, phosphate mining, power generation, and building products industries throughout the southeastern United States.
About AZZ Inc.
AZZ is a global provider of metal coating solutions, welding solutions, specialty electrical equipment and highly engineered services to the markets of power generation, transmission, distribution and industrial in protecting metal and electrical systems used to build and enhance the world's infrastructure. AZZ Metal Coatings is a leading provider of metal finishing solutions for corrosion protection, including hot dip galvanizing to the North American steel fabrication industry. AZZ Infrastructure Solutions (formerly Energy) is dedicated to delivering safe and reliable transmission of power from generation sources to end customers, and automated weld overlay solutions for corrosion and erosion mitigation to critical infrastructure in the energy markets worldwide.
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