Kennametal Inc. announced today that it has signed a definitive agreement to sell its consumer products business, South Deerfield Industrial, Inc., to Cal SDI. The disposition of this business is in line with the continued execution of Kennametal's strategy to concentrate on its core business. The sale, which is expected to close by August 31, 2006, remains subject to negotiated conditions of closing.
Kennametal expects to receive $34 million in proceeds and will recognize an estimated pre-tax loss of $12 million to $13 million in the quarter ended June 30, 2006 in connection with the transaction. In addition, Kennametal also anticipates it will recognize a tax benefit of approximately $15 million in the same quarter.
Cal SDI, a private investment entity formed by an entrepreneur with interests in similar businesses, will acquire the operations of South Deerfield Industrial, Inc., and the employees will become Cal SDI employees when the transaction closes. The sale also includes the Industrial Sawblade Division of Kennametal's Industrial Products Group. South Deerfield Industrial manufactures and markets high quality national branded and private label power tool accessories for the consumer and industrial markets. Its focus on consumer products is not consistent with Kennametal's core industrial customer base.
"As we announced earlier this year, Kennametal has been pursuing strategic alternatives for this operation as a part of our stated strategy to concentrate on our core business," commented Ron Keating, Kennametal Vice President and President of Kennametal's Metalworking Solutions Services Group. "Through this transaction, we are able to advance our strategy, and our affected employees become part of an organization that is situated to invest in and grow the business."
The company expects to redeploy proceeds from the sale to continue building long-term value for its shareholders. The redeployment opportunities chosen will be consistent with Kennametal's strategic direction.
NatCity Investments, Inc. is serving as financial advisor to Kennametal on this transaction.
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Kennametal Inc. is a leading global supplier of tooling, engineered components and advanced materials consumed in production processes. The company improves customers' competitiveness by providing superior economic returns through the delivery of application knowledge and advanced technology to master the toughest of materials application demands. Companies producing everything from airframes to coal, from medical implants to oil wells and from turbochargers to motorcycle parts recognize Kennametal for extraordinary contributions to their value chains. Customers buy over $2 billion annually of Kennametal products and services-delivered by our nearly 14,000 talented employees in over 60 countries -- with almost 50 percent of these revenues coming from outside the United States. Visit us at www.kennametal.com. [KMT-G]
SOURCE: Kennametal Inc.
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