Change of ownership

Platinum Equity to acquire Husky

Marketing - Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Platinum Equity on December 18 announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Bolton, Ontario based Husky IMS International. The transaction is expected to close during the second quarter of 2018. Members of Husky’s management team will remain significant investors in the business through continued equity ownership.

“Husky is an extraordinary company with a well-deserved reputation for developing the industry’s most innovative technology,” said Louis Samson, the Platinum Equity Partner who led the transaction. “John Galt and his team have built one of Canada’s most successful enterprises and a truly world class industrial company. We are excited to partner with such an exceptional leadership team and we aim to help them continue raising the bar”.

Husky is a leading industrial technology provider to the plastics processing community that has an unprecedented level of innovation effectiveness. Over the last several years, Husky has worked with its investors to successfully advance state-of-the-art manufacturing equipment, which it delivers to its wide range of customers in various end-markets across the globe. Platinum Equity will be purchasing the company from Boston based private equity firm Berkshire Partners, and Omers Private Equity, the private equity arm of Omers, the defined benefit pension plan for Ontario’s municipal employees. Berkshire Partners and Omers acquired Husky in June of 2011.

Demand for Husky’s products and services is primarily driven by growth in the beverage packaging segment, as well as in plastics consumables. Husky is a truly global enterprise with approximately 75% of its sales generated outside North America. In addition to complete injection moulding solutions, Husky provides aftermarket services and parts to a large and growing installed base of systems globally. Husky’s highly experienced and talented management team will continue to lead the company.

“In Platinum, Husky has found a partner that brings a wealth of experience, a highly capable team, and a shared enthusiasm for building great companies. I am confident that by working together we will find new and exciting ways to serve our customers”, said John Galt, Husky’s president and CEO.

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