Applied Completes Acquisition Of Knox; Adds Acquisitions In Mexico & Australia

Applied completed the previously announced acquisition of Knox Oil Field Supply and announced it has acquired Rodamientos y Derivados del Norte S.A. de C.V. (RODENSA) of Monclova, Coahuila, Mexico, and Great Southern Bearings and Northam Bearings (GSB/Northam) of Western Australia.

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Cleveland, OH - Applied Industrial Technologies has completed the previously announced acquisition of Knox Oil Field Supply (Knox), a distributor of oilfield supplies and related services with 15 locations in Texas and one in New Mexico. Based in San Angelo, Texas, the business employs 140 people and has annual sales of more than $100 million. The Knox acquisition will be accretive in fiscal 2015, providing incremental EPS of $0.05 to $0.07. 

Applied also announced it has acquired Rodamientos y Derivados del Norte S.A. de C.V. (RODENSA) of Monclova, Coahuila, Mexico, and Great Southern Bearings and Northam Bearings (GSB/Northam) of Western Australia.

RODENSA distributes bearings, power transmission products, and related parts and accessories from 10 locations in Mexico with an employee base of 95. The company serves a broad customer base in the agriculture, industrial and automotive sectors. GSB/Northam provides bearing and power transmission products from two locations and serves agriculture and timber industry markets, as well as general industrial customers. Combined, RODENSA and GSB/Northam have approximately $20M in sales and will generate about one cent earnings per share accretion. 

The three purchases were funded through a $120 million fixed-rate private placement facility and additional borrowings under Applied's existing revolving credit facility.

"We are excited to conclude the Knox acquisition and expand our oil and gas market presence," said Neil A. Schrimsher, President & Chief Executive Officer for Applied. "Together with our recent Reliance Industrial Products and Texas Oilpatch Services (TOPS) acquisitions, Knox significantly enhances our capabilities to serve upstream oil and gas customers."

He continued, "The RODENSA and GSB/Northam businesses are an excellent fit for Applied. They extend our global reach, further enhance our bearing and power transmission product offering, and provide new opportunities in Mexico and Western Australia."

Todd A. Barlett, Applied's Vice President - Acquisitions and Global Business Development, added, "We are pleased to welcome Knox to Applied, and we are excited about further building our business in Mexico and Australia. RODENSA has a strong reputation and brings us access to new industries in Mexico. GSB/Northam diversifies our customer base and provides access to two new markets in Western Australia."

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