Posted June 26, 2019

Kaman Industrial Technologies to be acquired by Littlejohn

Kaman Corporation has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its distribution segment to affiliates of Littlejohn & Co. for total cash consideration of $700 million.

The transaction value represents a multiple of 10.4 times trailing 12-month (TTM) segment adjusted EBITDA for the distribution segment. The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of 2019.

“For Kaman this transaction represents an important milestone in our portfolio transformation and the culmination of a thorough strategic review undertaken by our Board of Directors,” said Neal J. Keating, chairman, president and CEO. “Our strengthened balance sheet will better position the company to invest in and build our higher margin, higher growth aerospace and engineered products businesses to enhance shareholder value.”

Kaman’s Distribution Segment is a distributor of more than six million items including electro-mechanical, bearings, power transmission, motion control and electrical and fluid power components, as well as automation and MRO supplies, to customers in virtually every industry. In addition, the business provides engineering, design and support for automation, electrical, linear, hydraulic and pneumatic systems as well as belting and rubber fabrication, customized mechanical services, hose assemblies, repair, fluid analysis and motor management. With approximately 220 locations across the U.S. and Puerto Rico, Kaman Distribution’s 2,200 employees generated $1.1 billion in net revenue in 2018.

“Kaman Distribution builds upon Littlejohn’s deep expertise investing in the distribution and industrial sectors,” said Tony Miranda, managing director of Littlejohn. “We have long admired Kaman Distribution, a market-leading provider of products and solutions to its customers as well as a trusted partner to its suppliers, and look forward to working closely with management to further invest in the business and drive growth, both organically and via acquisition."

Keating added, “Successful execution of our three platform strategy at Distribution has enabled us to drive sustainable long-term sales and profit growth. Under Littlejohn’s ownership, Distribution will continue its track record of providing value added products and services and capabilities to customers throughout the United States. We believe that, in addition to unlocking the value of Distribution for our shareholders, this transaction better positions Kaman for continued growth and enhanced profitability.”

Littlejohn & Co. is a Greenwich, Connecticut-based investment firm focused on private equity and debt investments primarily in middle market companies. Its holdings in distribution include Sunsource, a distributor of fluid power and motion control technologies.