Sandvik has signed an agreement to acquire DSI Underground, the global leader in ground support and reinforcement products, systems and solutions for the underground mining and tunneling industries. The company will be reported in Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions.
“This acquisition is an important step in our growth ambition. DSI Underground’s track record of driving progress and safety in underground operations and its global reach will further strengthen our world-leading market position within mining and rock solutions,” says Stefan Widing, President and CEO of Sandvik.
“With the world’s most extensive choice of ground support products and systems, the DSI Underground’s offering is highly complementary and enables us to deliver greater value and safety to our customers. The deal gives DSI Underground access to Sandvik’s substantial R&D, global service and sales network, complements our growing aftermarket business and strengthens our leadership in underground mining and tunneling,” says Henrik Ager, President of Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions.
DSI Underground has approximately 2,000 employees. DSI Underground’s revenue for 2020 is expected to be about EUR 518 million ($635 million USD) – excluding the four joint ventures that are part of the acquisition – and an EBIT margin that to a certain extent will be dilutive to Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions’ margin. The purchase price is approximately EUR 943 million ($1.155 billion USD) on a cash and debt free basis. Impact on Sandvik’s earnings per share will be slightly positive.
The transaction is expected to close by mid-2021 and is subject to relevant regulatory approvals.