CFI Advises Hillenbrand on €408m Acquisition

Gambit Corporate Finance LLP is pleased to announce that Hillenbrand Inc has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Coperion Capital GmbH for an estimated €408 million. Coperion is a global leader in the manufacture of compounding, extrusion and bulk material handling equipment used in a broad range of industries, including plastics, chemical, food processing, pharmaceutical and aluminium, as well as related replacement parts and service. The transaction is expected to complete in December 2012, subject to customary terms and conditions. 

This deal represents a significant milestone for Corporate Finance International (CFI), an international partnership with corporate finance advisory presence in 19 countries across North America, Western & Eastern Europe and Asia. Gambit Corporate Finance LLP is the sole UK partner of CFI.

PMCF, CFI’s US partner, has served as Hillenbrand's exclusive buy-side acquisition advisor since 2009 and represented the company in its two previous acquisitions; K-Tron International in 2010 and Rotex Global in 2011. Hillenbrand's desire to broaden its target identification process to include companies based in Western Europe and South America led to the significant involvement of selected CFI partners including Gambit Corporate Finance.  CFI's primary objective was to provide Hillenbrand with a collaborative and global approach to target identification and transaction advisory services in the company's targeted regions. 

During the course of the engagement, Gambit and its CFI partners worked closely with Hillenbrand to identify a large number of potential acquisition candidates in each of their respective countries. Ultimately, Coperion was identified as the most attractive acquisition candidate. The combined advisory services of CFI afforded Hillenbrand many benefits in this transaction, including (i) 24/7 access to on-the-ground resources in the U.S. and Europe, (ii) expertise in European business and M&A practices, (iii) seamless communication to eliminate any potential inefficiencies caused by language/cultural differences, and (iv) improved access to local market research and trends pertaining to the target companies. 

The transaction highlights the true benefit to CFI clients – serving as a collaborative, integrated and globally-focused advisory team to complete complex cross-border M&A transactions.

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