HANZA acquires the German RITTER Group for EUR 12 million

The manufacturing strategist HANZA Holding AB (publ), listed on Nasdaq Stockholm, has today acquired the German manufacturing group RITTER Elektronik GmbH, with production facilities in Germany and the Czech Republic. The total purchase sum amounts to approximately 12 MEUR and consists of a cash part and a share part.

The acquisition strengthens HANZA's offering, opens up Germany as a new customer market, and contributes to increased earnings per share. For the previous year (2018), total sales for HANZA and RITTER amounted to SEK 2.26 billion with a total EBITDA result of SEK 164 million.

Summary

  • The unit in Germany creates an important foothold for HANZA and opens up for market shares in Europe's largest economy.
  • The unit in the Czech Republic complements HANZA's existing manufacturing clusters in Central Europe with cabling harnesses and advanced final assembly.
  • The acquisition comprises a well-reputed product development department in Germany with 20 employees, which broadens HANZA's customer offering
  • The purchase price amounts to EUR 12 million and consists of a share portion of 3,000,000 new shares and a cash part of EUR 7.2 million, which has been paid today at closing. For the issue of shares, the Board uses its authorization from the Annual General Meeting. The cash part has been financed through bank loans.
  • The RITTER Group has approx. 290 employees and had sales of MEUR 42.7 with an EBITDA of MEUR 4.9 in 2018. This means that the total sales for the previous financial year (2018) for HANZA and RITTER amount to approx. SEK 2.26 billion with a profit before depreciation (EBITDA) of SEK 164 million. HANZA and RITTER have a total of approx. 2,000 employees.

"We are now passing an important milestone for HANZA, in line with our business model and expansion plan," said Erik Stenfors, CEO of HANZA. "It is also another example of how we use our strong cash flow to create a financial position that enables the continued development of HANZA. The transaction means that we increase the value to current customers, while at the same time positioning ourselves for new market shares in the extensive German market."

Description of RITTER Elektronik GmbH, the deal and financing
The acquisition comprises a production plant in Remscheid, Germany with approximately 180 employees, which offers manufacturing of electronics, mechanics and final assembly, as well as a production unit in Zabreh, Czech Republic, with approximately 110 employees, offering manufacturing of electronics, mechanics and advanced final assembly. The unit in the Czech Republic is geographically close to both HANZA's mechanics factory in the Czech Republic and HANZA's electronics factory in southern Poland.

The annual turnover in RITTER in 2018 amounted to approx. EUR 42.7 million, with an operating profit of approx. 4.9 MEUR. The net debt in RITTER, adjusted for IFRS, is estimated to amount to approx. EUR 8.3 million. Final financial data will be presented after the complete acquisition analysis, with adaptation to IFRS, which will take place after the acquisition.

The purchase price consists of a cash part of EUR 7.2 million paid at the time of the acquisition, and 3,000,000 shares in HANZA. Based on the current price of the HANZA share, the total purchase price amounts to approximately EUR 12 million, which corresponds to a preliminary enterprise value (EV) of EUR 20.3 million.

To finance the cash portion of the purchase price, HANZA has raised a long-term bank credit of EUR 7.2 million under market-based credit terms. In connection with this, the company has agreed on credit terms (covenants) vis-à-vis the bank, linked to net debt / EBITDA (rolling 12-month value) as follows: 3.25 as of September 30, 2019, 2.75 as of December 31, 2019 and 2.5 per 31 March 2020 and beyond. After the acquisition, HANZA will review its other loan financing for any updating of the credit terms due to the acquisition.

For the share portion, HANZA's Board of Directors has today exercised the authorization received at the Annual General Meeting on May 7, 2019, and decided to carry out a directed new issue of 3,000,000 shares to the seller of RITTER. The subscription price in the new share issue is 15.71 SEK per share, i.e. a total of approx. 47.13 MSEK. The price corresponds to the volume-weighted average price for the Company's share on Nasdaq Stockholm during the period July 11 - 24 2019, which represents the market value assessed by the Board.

Payment for the shares will be made by contributing capital in the form of a share in RITTER. The share capital is thereby increased by SEK 300,000 and the number of shares in HANZA after the issue is 33,979,928. The new share issue represents an increase in the number of shares in approx. 8.83%. The seller of RITTER, the industrial group RITTER Beteiligung GmbH, thus becomes one of the larger individual owners in HANZA. The seller has undertaken not to sell the shares (through a so-called lock-up agreement) until July 25, 2020.

Financial information
Below is an estimate, how the HANZA Group's income statement looked hypothetically, if RITTER had been included in the Group during the financial year 2018, based on financial information from RITTER. These figures are preliminary, since the complete acquisition analysis and adaptation of Ritter's figures to IFRS have not been completed.

Income statement for the year 2018
Net sales: SEK 2,259 million
Operating profit before depreciation (EBITDA): SEK 164 million
Margin (EBITDA): 7.3%

About Cluster Central Europe
HANZA has engaged Willibald Berger, a German expert in the manufacturing industry, with a successful history of launching Swedish operations in Germany. Berger has been appointed President of HANZA's cluster in Central Europe, which now consists of HANZA's former two factories in the region, as well as the two now acquired units. In total, the cluster is estimated to comprise approx. 450 employees with an initial sale of approx. SEK 650 million.

"HANZA's unique business model is perfect for the German industry," said Willibald Berger, President, Cluster Central Europe. “Germany's manufacturing industry is focused on large volumes divided by classical manufacturing technology. HANZA's model with complete production of medium volumes therefore meets a great demand. HANZA's advisory services will also play an important role for German companies who want to produce in a more cost-effective and environmentally friendly way.”

For more information, please contact:

Erik Stenfors, CEO, Tel: + 46-709 50 80 70, e-mail :: erik.stenfors@hanza.com
Lars Åkerblom, CFO, Tel: + 46-707 94 98 78, e-mail: lars.akerblom@hanza.com

This information is such information that HANZA Holding AB is obliged to publish in accordance with the EU Market Abuse Regulation. The information was provided through the above contact person's agency for publication on July 25, 2019, at 14.15.

About HANZA
HANZA is modernizing and streamlining the manufacturing industry. By gathering different manufacturing technologies locally, we create shorter lead times, more environmentally friendly processes and increased profitability for our customers. HANZA was founded in 2008 and is today a billion company with operations in Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Poland, the Czech Republic, Germany and China. Among HANZA's clients are leading companies such as ABB, Perkin Elmer, Atlas Copco and Kone. Read more at www.hanza.com

The shares in HANZA are listed on Nasdaq Stockholm.

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HANZA is a fast growing industrial business partner within manufacturing. The company increases growth and profitability for its customers by supplying complete manufacturing solutions in mechanics, electronics, cables and final assembly. HANZA was founded in 2008 and has today a turnover exceeding 1.8 BSEK. The Company currently operates in Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Poland, Slovakia and China. Among HANZA’s clients there are leading industrial companies such as ABB, Atlas Copco, Getinge, Saab Defense and Siemens. www.hanza.com

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