In a move to further advance its portfolio strategy, Textron Inc. last week reached a definitive agreement to sell its Fluid & Power business unit to Clyde Blowers Ltd., a U.K.-based provider of power, materials handling, intermodal transport and logistics, and pump technologies, for up to $645 million. Textron will receive approximately $526 million in cash, a six-year note with a face value of $28 million, up to $50 million based on final 2008 operating results primarily payable in a six-year note, and Clyde Blowers will assume about $41 million of certain employee-benefit liabilities.
Upon closing, this move will mark Textron's exit from the pump and power transmission industries. Included in the transaction is the sale of all four of Textron Fluid & Power product lines — Gear Technologies, Hydraulics, Maag Pump Systems, Union Pump and each of their respective brands. The sale is subject to certain closing conditions and completion of buyer's funding, and is expected to close by the end of the year, pending regulatory reviews and approvals.
"This is a very positive move for both parties, as well as a great fit for our employees," said Lewis Campbell, Textron's chairman, president and CEO. "Clyde Blowers is gaining world-class operations with Textron's Fluid & Power group of companies, including some of the most advanced technologies, respected brands and highly talented people in their respective industries — while we continue to strategically focus our portfolio of businesses to deliver even more meaningful value growth, profitability and shareholder return."
Fluid & Power is part of Textron's Industrial segment and is projected to generate about $675 million in revenues this year. The unit will be treated as a discontinued operation beginning with third-quarter 2008 reporting, which will reduce full-year 2008 earnings from continuing operations by about $0.15 per share. The transaction is expected to generate an after-tax gain of about $85 million.
After-tax cash proceeds at closing are expected to be approximately $350 million. Textron expects to apply about half of the cash proceeds from this sale to repurchasing its common shares. This will be in addition to the company's previously announced plan to purchase up to $500 million in common shares. In total then, Textron expects to repurchase about $675 million of its shares over the next several quarters. The combined impact of the sale of the Fluid & Power unit with share repurchases is expected to be approximately neutral to 2009 earnings per share.
As a worldwide resource for technology solutions, Textron Fluid & Power serves a comprehensive range of industries including utility, nuclear, oil, gas, water, petrochemical, mining, marine, defense, construction, paper, metals and food processing applications.
Clyde Blowers is a leader in the areas of clean energy technologies for coal-fired power plants, materials handling, intermodal transport and logistics and pumping solutions. Clyde Blowers has a global portfolio of 42 companies in 21 different countries with a combined turnover of more than $1.4 billion.