Wajax Acquires Maintenance Supplier Tundra Process Solutions

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TORONTO, Ontario — Wajax Corporation announced Dec. 30 it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire all of the issued and outstanding shares of Calgary, Alberta-based Tundra Process Solutions Ltd. for total consideration of US $78 million. Pursuant to the terms of the Definitive Agreement, the purchase price for the Tundra shares will be satisfied by the payment in cash of US $58.5 million and the issuance of 1,357,142 common shares of Wajax. The value of the Wajax common shares to be issued will be based on the 20-day volume weighted average trading price of Wajax common shares on the Toronto Stock Exchange (the “TSX”) for the period ending December 29, 2020. The transaction is expected to close early in the first quarter of 2021 and is subject to customary closing conditions, including the approval of the TSX and approval under the Competition Act (Canada), as well as normal post-closing adjustments.

UnnamedFounded in 1999, Tundra provides maintenance and technical services to customers in the western Canadian midstream oil and gas, oil sands, petrochemical, mining, forestry and municipal sectors. Tundra also distributes a diverse range of industrial process equipment, representing industry-leading manufacturers of valves and actuators, instrumentation and controls, motors and drives, control buildings, boilers and water treatment solutions. Employing approximately 150 people, Tundra operates four facilities in Alberta: Calgary, Edmonton (2 locations) and Grande Prairie. Tundra also maintains a local sales presence in Fort McMurray and Red Deer, Alberta; Vancouver and Fort St. John, British Columbia; and southern Saskatchewan.

Transaction Highlights

  • Consistent with Wajax’s strategy, the acquisition of Tundra is expected to provide meaningful growth in the Corporation’s Engineered Repair Services (“ERS”) and industrial parts categories. For the twelve months ended November 30, 2020, Tundra had revenues of approximately US $116 million;
  • Tundra’s operations are complementary to Wajax’s existing ERS and industrial parts businesses, adding extensively to its service offering and product portfolio, and further enhancing the “One Wajax” value proposition as macro tailwinds support the potential for a return to pre-COVID-19 activity levels; and
  • The acquisition is expected to be immediately accretive to Wajax shareholders in an anticipated range of $0.10 – $0.15 for the 2021 financial year, on an earnings per share basis.

Concurrent with the signing of the Definitive Agreement and to assist in funding the cash portion of the purchase price for the Tundra shares, Wajax has entered into an agreement with the lenders under its existing credit facilities for a US $39 million acquisition credit facility. Such acquisition credit facility is for a 24-month term and is on substantially the same terms as the Corporation’s existing credit facilities. The Corporation expects to continue to use cash flow from operations to contribute to debt reduction and to maintain its current quarterly dividend of $0.25 per share.

"We welcome Tundra and its team of dedicated professionals to Wajax,” said Mark Foote, President and Chief Executive Officer of Wajax, “Tundra’s market leadership in process control provides Wajax with meaningful scale in ERS and related industrial parts in western Canada. In central and eastern Canada, Tundra’s technical capabilities and product and service range will provide new opportunities to further extend Wajax’s ERS services 2 to our customers. Our complimentary cultures of safety, customer service and product and service innovation translates into growth driven by a consistent vision of constantly increasing what we can do for our customers.”

Iggy Domagalski, Chief Executive Officer of Tundra, stated, “Partnering with Wajax allows us to instantly grow our volumes by leveraging our combined customer relationships and branch networks. Existing Wajax customers will benefit from a broader range of valve, instrumentation and electrical products and services, and existing Tundra customers will benefit from Wajax’s extensive ERS portfolio and geographic footprint. We are excited to join Wajax and contribute to the goal of becoming Canada’s leading ERS provider.”    

Wajax industrial products segment was No. 29 on Industrial Distribution's 2020 Big 50 List.

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