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IDEX Corporation's Capital Deployment Continues With Agreement To Acquire Muon Group For €700M

IDEX Corporation (NYSE:IEX) today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire micro-precision technology manufacturing company Muon B.V. and its subsidiaries ("Muon Group") for

Benzinga · 09/13/2022 09:16

IDEX Corporation (NYSE:IEX) today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire micro-precision technology manufacturing company Muon B.V. and its subsidiaries ("Muon Group") for cash consideration of €700 million.

Based in the Netherlands, Muon Group manufactures highly precise flow paths in a variety of materials that enable the movement of various liquids and gases in critical applications for medical technologies, semiconductor, food processing, digital printing and filtration. The group includes LouwersHanique, Veco, Millux, Tecan and Atul, which have critical technical expertise in precision and tolerances for different materials, from metals and glass to plastics and ceramics.

"Together, the Muon Group will expand upon a growing platform of IDEX precision technology businesses, including those already part of IDEX Health & Science, with unique technology and product solutions for similar end-customers. The commercial synergy potential between our health and science businesses and Muon Group companies will yield expanded offerings to new and existing customers," IDEX Chief Executive Officer and President Eric Ashleman said. "Muon Group is an IDEX-like business, producing highly engineered products used in mission-critical applications where customers demand exacting quality standards. Their companies are leaders in their fields, and we are excited to welcome them and their outstanding management team to the IDEX family."

Like IDEX, Muon Group has strong connections to an array of highly innovative, well-known OEMs, working in partnership like members of an extended team to solve some of their most challenging issues. This forms a strong base for ongoing growth through innovation.

"The acquisition of Muon Group demonstrates our disciplined capital deployment strategy that focuses on identifying high-quality technology businesses that will enhance our strategy and we believe will drive long term shareholder value," Ashleman said. "We expect Muon Group to thrive in our entrepreneurial culture, while our decentralized model fosters decision-making closest to the customer, producing excellent results."

"All of us at Muon are excited to be joining forces with the IDEX platform as we feel this is the best way to secure our long-term growth ambitions. IDEX's operating model and culture match ours well, and their scale and resources will help us achieve our targets faster," Michiel Barendse, CEO of Muon Group said.

Muon Group is privately held by Rivean Capital, a European mid-market private equity firm, which acquired the company in 2018.

With expected FY 2022 sales of approximately €140 million and EBITDA margins of approximately 33 percent, Muon Group will join the Scientific Fluidics & Optics group in IDEX's Health & Science Technology segment.

The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter, subject to regulatory approvals and consultation with the Dutch works council. This acquisition is expected to be funded by IDEX using cash on hand and proceeds from its revolving credit facility.