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Ferro Acquires Dip-Tech, Expands Business in Glass Coatings Market

Published on 2017-08-07. Author : SpecialChem

Ferro Corporation has announced that it has acquired Dip Tech Ltd. (“Dip-Tech”), a leading provider of digital printing solutions for glass coatings. Ferro paid $60.0 million, excluding customary adjustments and fees for Dip-Tech, which is a privately held company headquartered in Kfar Saba, Israel.

The Company expects the transaction to be accretive to earnings in 2018 based on year-one synergy-adjusted EBITDA, which is forecasted to be in a range of $6 million to $7 million. Ferro expects a Return on Invested Capital of more than 15% within the first five years of the acquisition. The transaction was funded through excess cash and borrowings under Ferro’s existing revolving credit facility.

Printing on Glass Substrates

Ferro Acquires Dip-Tech
Peter Thomas, Chairman, President and CEO of Ferro Corporation, said:

“This acquisition aligns very well with Ferro’s next phase of our value creation strategy: Dynamic Innovation and Optimization. It equips us with a fully commercialized and patent-protected digital glass printing business that generates gross margins at the high end of our Performance Colors & Glass portfolio. Dip-Tech’s digital glass printing technology is attracting customers because of the high-precision, multicolored effects possible with durable glass-based inks, along with greater production flexibility and efficiency.”

High-precision, Multicolored Effects

Mr. Thomas added:

“Dip-Tech’s printing solutions and glass coatings carry patent protection in all of its major markets. Their technology know-how, along with their patent portfolio, is unmatched in the industry. Our acquisition of Dip-Tech is a clear demonstration of the culture of innovation that we are developing at Ferro. We are pleased to welcome the Dip-Tech team to Ferro and look forward to leading the way in digital glass technology together.”

Ferro’s strong commercial presence in the global appliance, architectural and automotive glass markets provides opportunities for introducing Dip-Tech’s digital technology and for expanding sales. Ferro believes that its strength in developing inks and related raw materials, together with Dip-Tech’s technology, IP and established global success, provide numerous operating and commercial synergies.

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Source: Ferro
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