HEXPOL acquires Robbins – a leading U.S. rubber compounding company

HEXPOL has acquired Robbins Holdings, Inc. including Robbins LLC. Robbins is a leading US rubber compounder and a global leader in molded envelopes and curing tubes for especially truck, heavy equipment and airplane tires.

The acquisition is a very good compliment to HEXPOL Compounding and broadens our presence with rubber compounds into end user markets like agriculture, mining, oil and gas. It also brings a global leadership in molded envelopes and curing tubes to the tire industry

                                                                 Georg Brunstam, CEO HEXPOL Group

Robbins has an estimated annual turnover of approximately 100 MUSD with around 240 employees and has three production facilities in the US; Muscle Shoals, AL, Findlay, OH and Tallapoosa, GA.

The acquired business has an EBITDA margin slightly lower than the HEXPOL Group and is expected to have a positive impact on earnings per share from the start. The acquisition price amounts to 89.2 MUSD on a debt free basis, and is funded by a combination of cash and existing bank loans. Integration and transaction cost of 15-20 MSEK will be charged in Q4 2012. Robbins will be consolidated from December 2012.

For more information, please contact:

Georg Brunstam, President and CEO
Tel: +46 708 55 12 51

Karin Gunnarsson, CFO/IR
Tel: +46 705 55 47 32

Tracy Garrison, President and CEO HEXPOL Compounding NAFTA
Tel: +1 615 708 7855

HEXPOL is a world-leading polymers group with strong global positions in advanced rubber compounds (Compounding), gaskets for plate heat exchangers (Gaskets) and wheels made of plastic and rubber materials for truck and castor wheel application (Wheels).Customers are primarily OEM manufacturers of plate heat exchangers and trucks, global systems suppliers to the automotive industry- and engineering industry and the medical technology industry. The Group is organised in two business areas, HEXPOL Compounding and HEXPOL Engineered Products. HEXPOL's sales in 2011 amounted to 7,197 MSEK. The HEXPOL Group has approximately 3,100 employees in ten countries. Read more at www.hexpol.com.

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HEXPOL is a world-leading polymers group with strong global market positions in advanced polymer compounds (Compounding), gaskets for plate heat exchangers (Gasket), and plastic and rubber materials for truck and castor wheel applications (Wheels). Customers are primarily system suppliers to the global automotive and engineering industry, the construction sector, the transportation, the energy, oil, and gas sector, the consumer sector, the cable and wire industry, medical equipment manufacturers and OEM manufacturers of plate heat exchangers and forklifts. The Group is organized in two business areas, HEXPOL Compounding and HEXPOL Engineered Products. Further information is available at www.hexpol.com.