Machine Tooling Provider Hardinge Privately Acquired, Moves HQ

Emira, NY-based cutting machine solutions provider Hardinge Inc. has been acquired by Privet Fund Management and is relocating its global headquarters to Berwyn, PA, near Philadelphia.

BERWYN, PA — Atlanta-based Privet Fund Management LLC Tuesday announced that it has completed the acquisition of Hardinge Inc., a global provider of advanced metal-cutting machine tool solutions and accessories. Under the terms of the agreement, Privet acquired all shares of Hardinge common stock not currently owned by Privet for $18.50 in cash, for a total transaction value of approximately $245 million.

Hardinge designs and manufacturers metal cutting machine solutions and aftermarket tooling and accessories for customers and partners in over 65 countries worldwide. The company offers an expansive product portfolio of high-precision CNC turning, milling and grinding machines, as well as workholding and accessory products. Its unique and vast product offerings enable it to provide customers with a full solution to their manufacturing requirements.

In addition, Hardinge announces the relocation of their global headquarters from Elmira, NY to Berwyn, PA — located in the Philadelphia area — effective immediately. The relocation of its corporate functions to the Philadelphia area increases Hardinge's ability to service its customers and grow its global organization.

“Hardinge has been an established global brand and solutions provider to manufacturers for over 100 years,” said Chuck Dougherty, President and CEO of Hardinge. "Privet understands and appreciates the opportunities for growth in our industry and we are excited to partner with them. This deal will enable us to better focus on long-term growth and performance of our business.”

“Hardinge has been on the forefront of innovation with a full spectrum of advanced machine tool solutions and we are thrilled to work with the management team to further the company’s leadership position,” said Ryan Levenson, Principal of Privet Fund Management. “We’ve been extremely impressed with the depth of the leadership team and the company’s strong market position, and are confident that we can help expand and accelerate the business and create even greater value for Hardinge’s customers and partners worldwide.”

Financing for the transaction was provided by White Oak Global Advisors, LLC as Administrative Agent and Lead Arranger, Manufacturers and Traders Trust Company and Credit Suisse (Schweiz), AG. BMO Capital Markets Corp. acted as financial advisor and Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz acted as legal advisor to the Company’s Board of Directors. Robert W. Baird & Co acted as financial advisor and Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP served as legal counsel to Privet in connection with the transaction.

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