Parker Hannifin Corp. recently announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire LORD Corp. for approximately $3.7 billion in cash. The transaction has been approved by the boards of directors of each company and is subject to customary closing conditions, including receipt of applicable regulatory approvals. Upon closing of the transaction, LORD will be combined with Parker’s Engineered Materials Group.

Headquartered in Cary, N.C., privately held LORD produces advanced adhesives, coatings, and specialty materials, as well as vibration and motion control technologies. The company has annual sales of approximately $1.1 billion and employs 3,100 team members across 17 manufacturing and 15 research and development facilities globally.

“This strategic transaction will reinforce our stated objective to invest in attractive margin, growth businesses, such as engineered materials, that accelerate us toward top-quartile financial performance,” said Tom Williams, chairman and CEO of Parker. “LORD will significantly expand our materials science capabilities with complementary products, better positioning us to serve customers in growth industries and capitalize on emerging trends such as electrification and lightweighting.

“This transaction will meaningfully transform our portfolio. We anticipate a smooth closing of the transaction and integration of our two businesses, and through adoption of The Win Strategy™ we believe we can capture significant operational synergies. The combination of Parker and LORD is expected to drive significant value for Parker shareholders and be accretive to organic growth, EBITDA margins, cash flow and EPS, excluding one-time costs and deal related amortization.”

“With complementary business segments, coming together with Parker enables LORD to carry out our grander vision,” said Ed Auslander, president and CEO of LORD. “Parker is already a large tier one supplier in many areas, allowing our business lines immediate access to growth, additional markets, applications and new customers. In addition, the two companies are very much aligned when it comes to core values, great business acumen and cultural fit.”

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