On December 20, 2009 Terex Corporation announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to sell its mining business to Bucyrus International Inc., for $1.3 billion in cash. The products to be divested by Terex in the transaction include hydraulic mining excavators, electric drive mining trucks, track and rotary blasthole drills, and the highwall miner, as well as the related parts and aftermarket service businesses, including the company-owned distribution locations. The transaction, which is subject to customary regulatory approvals, isexpected to close in the first quarter of 2010.
â€śThis transaction accelerates the transformation of Terex Corporation as we move from a Construction and Mining Equipment Company to a Machinery and Industrial Products business,â€ť said Ronald M. DeFeo, Terex Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. â€śGoing forward, we will focus on products and services where we can maintain and build superior customer propositions with high returns on capital for our owners. The current environment plus this transaction provide an excellent opportunity to create value. We plan to execute the changes needed to make this happen.â€ť
DeFeo emphasized, â€śThe sale of Mining to Bucyrus is good for customers, team members and shareholders. It is a classic proposition that strengthens the mining business for its customers and team members. For Terex, the attractive cash offer provides us excellent financial flexibility, as our cash balance will substantially equal our outstanding indebtedness. The approximately $1 billion of after-tax proceeds will allow Terex to invest in its current, high return-on-capital businesses, or to look to add new, well positioned niche manufacturers with strong market presence to the Companyâ€™s portfolio.
DeFeo continued, â€śMining is a highly capital intensive business. It would take us years to build the infrastructure to service and support new equipment sales in many of the key mining markets around the world where Bucyrus already has significant presence. We are confident that both Companiesâ€™ stakeholders will benefit from the transaction, with our mining customers being the ultimate beneficiaries. The journey to make this a great business will accelerate under the leadership of Bucyrus, which has a historically strong presence in surface mining with its rope shovel and dragline products.â€ť
Goldman, Sachs & Co. acted as financial advisor to Terex on this transaction. Bryan Cave LLP acted as counsel to Terex on this transaction.
Terex hosted a conference call presentation to review the sale of the mining business on December 21, 2009 at 9:00 a.m. EST. Ronald M. DeFeo, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, and other members of the Terex Senior Management Team were available to answer questions following a short presentation.
To access the call, dial (877) 726-6603 at least 10 minutes before the call is scheduled to begin. International participants should dial (706) 634-5517.
A simultaneous webcast of this call, including the accompanying presentation, will be available on the Companyâ€™s website, www.terex.com. To listen to the call, select â€śInvestor Relationsâ€ť in the â€śAbout Terexâ€ť section on the home page and then click on the webcast microphone link. Participants are encouraged to access the call 10 minutes prior to the starting time.
A replay was available shortly after the live call and can be accessed until December 28, 2010 at 12:00 a.m. EST. To access the telephone replay, please dial 800-642-1687 (International 706-645-9291) and enter conference id #48372486. To access the web replay of the call, go to the Investor Relations section of the Companyâ€™s website at www.terex.com.
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DeFeo emphasized the fact that Terex is refocusing its market strategy to meet current economic and Â market demands in the machinery and industrial fields, not just construction.He stated that Terex wants to be number one or two in these markets. The four markets that he noted in the conference call were:
Aerial work platforms
Crushing and screening products
Compact construction equipment
DeFeo also noted that the company was interested in acquisitions.