AGI acquires Global Industries

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Global Industries products in Cameroon
In 2016 Allied Grain Systems, the exclusive Australia distributor for Global Industries, supplied four storage silos to Cameron Pastoral Company in Goondiwindi, Queensland, Australia. 
Photo courtesy of Global Industries. 

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA, CANADA —Ag Growth International (AGI) announced it has acquired 100% of the outstanding shares of Global Industries, Inc. for $100 million.  Global is a manufacturer of grain storage bins, portable and stationary grain handling equipment, grain drying and aeration equipment, structural components, and steel buildings.

Tim Close CEO and President of AGI
Tim Close, president and CEO of AGI. 

“We are excited today to announce that we have acquired the Global family of companies,” said Tim Close, president and chief executive officer (CEO) of AGI. “This highly strategic transaction brings key products, very talented people, and great brands into the AGI group, and significantly increases our U.S. manufacturing capabilities and distribution channels. The U.S. grain market continues to be a core supplier of the world’s food and AGI is committed to our dealers and customers in this important market.”

Global has four divisions located in Nebraska and Kansas, production capacity in South Africa, and warehouses in the United States, Europe, Australia and Africa. AGI said Global’s product catalogue and domestic and offshore geographic sales are highly complementary to its existing footprint, and are expected to substantially expand AGI’s North American and international grain handling, drying and storage platforms in both Farm and Commercial segments.

“It was a very difficult decision for me to decide to sell Global Industries,” said Jack Henry, chairman and CEO of Global. “However, the culture and the way AGI does business were a great fit for Global and I’m very excited for Global’s future prospects as part of AGI. I would also like to thank each and every current and former employee of Global for everything they have done for Global, and for me personally, over the past 15 years. Without their support and contributions, Global would not be the great company that it is today.”

AGI believes the acquisition will expand its U.S. presence, enhance its geographic positioning, create a broader product offering, and diversify its customers, dealers and geography.  

“Jack Henry has built four strong businesses within Global that have benefited immensely from the leadership of Doug Fargo and his teams in Nebraska, Kansas and internationally as they pushed to grow their business both domestically and abroad,” Close said. “AGI and Global share very similar cultures and values that are focused on employees, customers, and achieving success. We are proud to welcome all Global employees to AGI, and look forward to working together to continue to partner with our combined suppliers and dealers to excel at earning our customers’ respect and business.”

The $100 million purchase price for Global (subject to customary post-closing adjustments), was financed by cash on hand and AGI’s revolving credit facility. Global’s normalized EBITDA averaged approximately $11.5 million over the three years ended Nov. 30, 2016. In the four years prior to 2015, being the years before the current downturn in the U.S. farm market, Global’s normalized EBITDA averaged approximately $17 million. AGI expects the transaction to be immediately accretive to profit per share and funds from operations.

This is the latest in a string of acquisitions that most recently included Yargus, NuVision and Entringer, a Brazilian based manufacturer of grain bins, bucket elevators, dryers and cleaners. In the past 10 years, AGI also previously acquired Hi Roller, Westeel, Union Iron, Tramco and Airlanco. 

AGI is a manufacturer of portable and stationary grain and fertilizer handling, storage and conditioning equipment, including augers, belt conveyors, grain storage bins, grain handling accessories, grain aeration equipment and grain drying systems. AGI has manufacturing facilities in Canada, the United States, Italy, Brazil and the United Kingdom, and distributes its products globally.

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