CHARLOTTE, N.C.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Babcock & Wilcox Enterprises, Inc. (B&W) (NYSE:BW) announced that it had signed a definitive agreement to sell its MEGTEC and Universal businesses to Dürr AG (“Dürr”) for $130 million, subject to adjustment.
Proceeds from the transaction will largely be used to reduce outstanding balances under the Company’s bank credit facilities, improving its balance sheet and financial flexibility. Going forward, the Company’s strategic focus will continue to be on optimizing its market-leading portfolio of equipment, technology and services for the power generation industry and driving efficiencies and cost reductions throughout the organization.
As part of the Dürr organization, these businesses will be well positioned to continue to serve their customers around the world with high-quality products.
The sale is expected to close in third quarter 2018 and is subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions.
William Blair & Company LLC acted as financial advisor and Jones Day acted as legal advisor to B&W in connection with the transaction.
Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Babcock & Wilcox is a global leader in energy and environmental technologies and services for the power and industrial markets, and has been transforming our world for over 150 years. Follow us on Twitter @BabcockWilcox and learn more at www.babcock.com.
B&W cautions that this release contains forward-looking statements, including, without limitation, statements relating to actions to improve liquidity, enhance efficiencies and reduce costs. These forward-looking statements are based on management’s current expectations and involve a number of risks and uncertainties, including, among other things, our ability to continue as a going concern; our ability to obtain and maintain sufficient financing to provide liquidity to meet our business objectives, surety bonds, letters of credit and similar financing; the highly competitive nature of our businesses; general economic and business conditions, including changes in interest rates and currency exchange rates; general developments in the industries in which we are involved; cancellations of and adjustments to backlog and the resulting impact from using backlog as an indicator of future earnings; our ability to perform contracts on time and on budget, in accordance with the schedules and terms established by the applicable contracts with customers; failure by third-party subcontractors, joint venture partners or suppliers to perform their obligations on time and as specified; our ability to realize anticipated savings and operational benefits from our restructuring plans, and other cost-savings initiatives; our ability to successfully integrate and realize the expected synergies from acquisitions; our ability to successfully address productivity and schedule issues in our Renewable segment, including the ability to complete our Renewable energy projects within the expected time frame and the estimated costs; willingness of customers to waive liquidated damages or agree to bonus opportunities; our ability to successfully partner with third parties to win and execute renewable projects; changes in our effective tax rate and tax positions; our ability to maintain operational support for our information systems against service outages and data corruption, as well as protection against cyber-based network security breaches and theft of data; our ability to protect our intellectual property and renew licenses to use intellectual property of third parties; our use of the percentage-of-completion method of accounting; the risks associated with integrating businesses we acquire; our ability to successfully manage research and development projects and costs, including our efforts to successfully develop and commercialize new technologies and products; the operating risks normally incident to our lines of business, including professional liability, product liability, warranty and other claims against us; changes in, or our failure or inability to comply with, laws and government regulations; difficulties we may encounter in obtaining regulatory or other necessary permits or approvals; changes in, and liabilities relating to, existing or future environmental regulatory matters; our limited ability to influence and direct the operations of our joint ventures; potential violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act; our ability to successfully compete with current and future competitors; the loss of key personnel and the continued availability of qualified personnel; our ability to negotiate and maintain good relationships with labor unions; changes in pension and medical expenses associated with our retirement benefit programs; social, political, competitive and economic situations in foreign countries where we do business or seek new business; the possibilities of war, other armed conflicts or terrorist attacks; and our ability to successfully consummate the sale of our MEGTEC and Universal businesses, as well as any other non-core assets, within the expected timeframes or at all. If one or more of these risks or other risks materialize, actual results may vary materially from those expressed. For a more complete discussion of these and other risk factors, see B&W’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our most recent annual report on Form 10-K and subsequent quarterly reports on Form 10-Q. B&W cautions not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this release, and undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement, except to the extent required by applicable law.