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ABB puts offer in for Chloride Group

22 June 2010

ABB has put in an offer for UK based Chloride Group in a bid to shore up its uninterruptable power supply (UPS) business. The boards of directors of both companies agreed on a recommended offer price of 325 pence per share.

The offer price values the business at approximately £860 million (approximately €1 billion). Chloride shareholders will also be entitled to receive a final dividend of 3.3 pence per share as proposed on May 24, 2010. The acquisition is subject to approval by Chloride shareholders, the UK High Court and certain regulatory authorities.

"The combination of Chloride's strong position in the fast-growing medium- to high-power UPS business with ABB's global reach and complementary power and automation offering provides significant growth opportunities for both businesses," said Joe Hogan, ABB's CEO. "The transaction is in line with our strategy to acquire companies especially in areas where demand is converging across both of these businesses."

Chloride's UPS offering is used in applications where power quality and security are critically important. This includes ABB's traditional utilities and industrial customer base such as the oil, gas, and petrochemicals industry as well as new sectors in service industries such as data centers, financial institutions, hospitals and airports. The company has a strong service offering and a significant installed base.

Chloride would be integrated into ABB's Discrete Automation and Motion division. "Chloride's strength in UPS solutions and ABB's existing offering will provide customers with a very attractive package to ensure power quality and critical power supply. Chloride would become the global centre for UPS within ABB," said Ulrich Spiesshofer, head of the Discrete Automation and Motion division.


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