[SWE] SKF’s acquisition of Lincoln Holdings Enterprises approved

SKF’s acquisition of Lincoln Holdings Enterprises, a leading supplier of lubrication systems and tools, has now been approved by the relevant antitrust authorities. SKF pays around USD 1 billion on a cash and debt free basis for Lincoln Industrial. The acquisition is supposed to be finalized by the end of the year.

Lincoln Industrial, headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, USA and has around 2,000 employees. In 2010 the company is expected to generate sales approaching USD 400 million with an operating profit margin of around 24%. The company will be part of a newly created business unit for lubrication systems within SKF’s Industrial Division.

Lincoln Industrial will be included in the SKF balance sheet as per year-end 2010 and will be reported as operationally part of SKF from the first quarter 2011.

– We are very excited to welcome Lincoln Industrial to SKF. This acquisition is in line with our strategy to grow in the lubrication systems market, and Lincoln Industrial complements SKF’s existing lubrication systems business in a very good way. With this acquisition we broaden our competencies within this area and we will be able to support our customers with even better solutions, says Tom Johnstone, SKF President and CEO.

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