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Emerson announced it has signed an agreement to purchase the Tools and Test Equipment business of Textron for $810 million. Tools & Test is a leading manufacturer of electrical and utility tools, diagnostics, and test and measurement instruments with strong global distribution and highly respected brands, including Greenlee and Klauke.
The acquisition, joined with Emerson’s Ridge Tool Co., creates a global $1 billion professional tools business with the broadest offering for mechanical, electrical and plumbing contractors. Emerson expects the acquisition to be accretive to earnings in fiscal 2019 and immediately accretive to cash flow.
“This acquisition significantly contributes to Emerson’s investment strategy of adding complementary businesses that broaden our served markets and add key capabilities to meet the evolving needs of our customers and drive premium growth,” said Emerson Chairman and CEO David N. Farr. “The strong strategic fit with Ridge Tool provides a meaningful value creation opportunity for Emerson.”
Tools & Test’s longtime leadership in electrical joining paired with the RIDGID portfolio of joining technologies for mechanical and plumbing applications creates a leading position in a fast-growing segment, critical for meeting the safety and efficiency needs of the professional trades.
In addition, Tools & Test brings offerings in diagnostics and other digital technologies that are an excellent fit with RIDGID. From a geographic perspective, Tools & Test’s strong presence in European markets complements the market strength of RIDGID outside of Europe, and furthers the company’s mission to be the global tool of choice for the professional contractor.