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ABB announces offer to buy Chloride Group PLC

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Global power and automoation technology group, ABB , has announced a recommended offer to acquire UK-based Chloride in order to establish a leading presence in and help to meet the growing demand for uninterruptible power supplies.
The recommended offer price of 325 pence per share was agreed upon by the boards of directors of both companies. The offer price values the business at approximately 860 million pounds.

Chloride shareholders will also be entitled to receive a final dividend of 3.3 pence per share, as proposed on 24 May 2010. This acquisition is subject to approval by Chloride shareholders, the UK High Court, and certain regulatory authorities.

“The combination of Chloride’s strong position in the fast-growing medium- to high-power uninterruptible power supplies business with ABB’s global reach and complementary power and automation offering provides significant growth opportunities for both businesses,” says Joe Hogan, CEO of ABB.

“The transaction is in line with our strategy to acquire companies especially in areas where demand is converging across both of these businesses,” adds Hogan.

Chloride’s uninterruptible power supply offering is used in applications where power quality and security are critically important. This includes ABB’s traditional utilities and industrial customer base such as the oil, gas, and petrochemicals industry, as well as new sectors in service industries such as data centers, financial institutions, hospitals and airports. The company has a strong service offering and a significant installed base.

Chloride would be integrated into ABB’s Discrete Automation and Motion division.

“Chloride‘s strength in uninterruptible power supply solutions and ABB’s existing offering will provide customers with a very attractive package to ensure power quality and critical power supply. Chloride would become the global center for uninterruptible power supplies within ABB,” said Ulrich Spiesshofer, head of the Discrete Automation and Motion division.

ABB’s power and automation offering for uninterruptible power supply customers includes drives, high- and medium-voltage switchgear, transformers, as well as low-voltage products and systems. With the integration of Chloride, ABB would be able to offer a broad package of power quality, security and related service solutions.

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