Ahlstrom to Acquire Sweden-based Munktell Filter for EUR 20 Million

Sept. 5, 2012 - Ahlstrom has signed an agreement to acquire the Sweden-based Munktell Filter AB as a strategic step to grow the advanced filtration business particularly in life science and laboratory applications.

Under the agreement, Ahlstrom will acquire 100 percent of the shares in Munktell Filter AB, as well as its holdings in Munktell & Filtrak GmbH, Filtres Fioroni SA and Munktell Inc.

The enterprise value of the transaction is approximately EUR 20 million, including the planned subsequent buyouts of minority interests. Through the transaction, Ahlstrom will become a global leader in life science and laboratory media filtration.

According to Jan Lang, President & CEO, the acquisition reinforces Ahlstrom's leadership in filtration material markets worldwide. "There is a clear strategic fit with Munktell and Ahlstrom, and the transaction allows us to strengthen our product portfolio in advanced filtration materials. This move is a prime example of our focus on new type of high performance materials business with attractive future growth potential."

Munktell is based in Falun, Sweden and it has production sites in Germany and Sweden, a joint venture in France, as well as a sales office in the U.S. The company's net sales amounted to approximately EUR 15 million and operating profit margin was roughly 15% in 2011. It employs some 100 people.

Munktell produces filtration materials mainly for life science and laboratory applications. End-use examples include new born screening, laboratory media filtration, filter materials for pollution control, as well as testing materials used by medical, sugar and beverage industries.

Munktell will be integrated into Ahlstrom's Filtration business area.

The acquisition is expected to be completed by the end of October 2012 and is subject to customary regulatory approvals.

SOURCE: Ahlstrom