Marel has agreed to acquire MPS meat processing systems for €382 million on a debt and cash-free basis. Parallel to the acquisition Marel has entered into an agreement of long-term financing for the total Marel group for the amount of close to €670 million at favorable terms and conditions.
MPS is a global leader in primary processing solutions for the meat industry and also offers innovative solutions in water treatment and food logistics. The two companies have a great strategic and cultural fit with highly complementary product portfolios and geographic presence, creating a strong platform to enhance further growth.
The acquisition enhances Marel’s position as the leading global provider of advanced equipment and solutions to the poultry, meat and fish industries and is fully in line with the company’s previously announced growth strategy. This step will support Marel’s full line offering in the meat processing industry and contribute to more balanced revenue split between industry segments and geographies. On a pro-forma basis Marel’s meat segment will contribute to around 30% of revenue and EBITDA of Marel following the acquisition.
Under the leadership of MPS’s management MPS has shown solid growth and profitability in recent periods and it is estimated that 2015 revenue will be close to €150 million and EBITDA close to €40 million. MPS has one of the largest installed bases in the industry, along with a large global base of customers, headquarters in the Netherlands, and approximately 670 employees. The main production sites of MPS are in the Netherlands and in China and it has a strong sales and service network around the globe.
Arni Oddur Thordarson, CEO of Marel, said, “MPS is a great complementary fit with Marel. We know each other well as we have been partners in several projects in the meat industry around the globe, where MPS has been delivering innovative and automated primary processing solutions and Marel has been delivering the secondary processing solutions with overarching software solutions. Together the companies are stronger and in the position to deliver full line solutions to meat processors around the world.
The combination of MPS and Marel is in many ways similar to the combination of Stork Food Systems and Marel, eight years ago, that has stimulated organic growth and resulted in great solutions and value to Marel’s customers and shareholders.”
Remko Rosman, CEO of MPS meat processing system, said, “We are excited to become a part of Marel and find a long-term home for MPS and its employees. The complementary nature of our products and footprint and the strength of our combined brands enhance scale and full line offering. Marel and MPS have played an important role in defining the food processing industry and together we will be better positioned to invest in growth and innovation to add value to our current and future customers."