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Vulcan to acquire Ullrich Aluminium

Vulcan (ASX: VSL, NZX: VSL) has signed a conditional sale and purchase agreement (“SPA”) with Gilbert Ullrich the founder owner of Ullrich Aluminium Company Limited (“Ullrich”, “the Transaction”) to acquire 100% of the company for approximately NZ$1651m2 (A$149m) which represents the projected book value of net assets and net
debt as at 31 July 2022 excluding NZ$79m capitalised lease obligations.

Established 60 years ago, Ullrich is a major integrated distributor of industrial aluminium products in Australasia with a large sales network, together with extrusion facilities and fabrication operations. In the financial years ended 31 March 2021 and 2022, the company recorded NZ$215m and NZ$270m in revenue, respectively, and NZ$32m (NZ$23m pre-IFRS 163) and NZ$49m in EBITDA4 (NZ$39m pre-IFRS 16), respectively.

Commenting on the Transaction Rhys Jones, CEO and Managing Director, said, “The acquisition of Ullrich significantly adds to the network reach and scale of Vulcan and supports our growth strategy to be the most customer service focused and efficient steel and metal products distributor and value-added processor in Australasia. The aluminium distribution market is an opportunity which Vulcan has been considering for many years. Ullrich’s platform and network combined with Vulcan
offer significant potential synergies.

We are at the formative stage of our integration process and intend to provide more details on earnings and synergies with the release of Vulcan’s FY22 result on 24 August.”

The Transaction

The NZ$165m transaction price – the enterprise value - comprises the purchase of the business for projected net tangible assets (NTA) of NZ$131m and net debt within Ullrich of NZ$34m (both of which are subject to finalisation of accounts through to 31 July 2022). Based on Ullrich’s March years ended 2021 and 2022 earnings, this represents 7.2x and 4.3x pre-IFRS-16 EBITDA multiple, respectively.

Note the projected $34m debt includes working capital, to be reduced, which will be funded by deferred settlement of $20m for the Transaction in 1H 2023. Adjusting for this, the effective adjusted enterprise value would be NZ$145m (A$131m). On Ullrich’s March years ended 2021 and 2022 earnings, this represents 6.3x and 3.8x pre-IFRS 16 EBITDA multiple, respectively.

Vulcan expects the Transaction to be NPAT and earnings per share accretive in FY23.

Transaction funding

This transaction will be fully debt funded. On completion of the settlement (excluding
the NZ$20m working capital deferred payments in 2023) on 16 September 2022, Vulcan
proforma net debt to EBITDA cover based on trailing 12 months earnings to 30 June 2022
is projected to be 1.4x

Completion of the Transaction remains subject to customary adjustments and conditions to be satisfied by 16 September 2022.


Investor and media contact:
Kar Yue Yeo
Phone: +64 9 273 7214

This announcement was authorised by Vulcan Board of Directors

About Vulcan
Founded in 1995, Vulcan is an Australasian-wide industrial product distributor and
value-added processor with 29 logistics and processing facilities employing over 850
staff across the company’s Steel and Metals divisions.

About Ullrich Aluminium
Established 60 years ago, Ullrich is an integrated aluminium distributor with extrusion
facilities and fabrication operations. The company employs more than 600 staff and
operates in 43 locations across Australia and New Zealand.

Posted at 28 July 22

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