SKF Group to acquire Blohm + Voss Industries GmbH

  SKF Group to acquire Blohm + Voss Industries GmbH

Strengthens SKF’s position as global specialist offering complete life cycle &
asset management solutions for the marine industry

Business Wire

GÖTEBORG, Sweden -- January 9, 2013

SKF (STO:SKFA) (STO:SKFB) (LSE:SKFB) (Pink Sheets:SKFRY) today announced they
have signed an agreement to acquire German-based ship components provider
Blohm + Voss Industries (BVI) from Star Capital Partners. SKF will pay 80 MEUR
for 100% of the equity of BVI and assumes net loans/cash of 18 MEUR. The
transaction is subject to relevant regulatory approvals. The acquisition is in
line with SKF’s strategy to further position itself as the preferred
application development partner offering a full asset life cycle management
approach for marine solutions.

Blohm + Voss Industries is a leading manufacturer of, and service provider
for, premium quality equipment for critical marine applications, including
shaft components (seals and bearings), stabilizers, and oily water separators.
The company has around 400 employees and originates from the Blohm + Voss
shipyard, which was founded in 1877. Sales for 2011/2012 were around 100 MEUR
with an operating margin in line with the SKF Group.

“We are excited to have Blohm + Voss Industries become part of the SKF Group.
The synergies between the SKF and BVI marine portfolio will support SKF to be
an even stronger partner for critical shaft components to the marine industry
and marine specific applications for both OEM and end users,” says Tom
Johnstone, SKF President and CEO.

“We are very positive about joining the SKF Group. The combination of our
technologies, strategies, and organisations will be a good basis to make SKF
an even stronger supplier to the marine industry,” says Martin Johannsmann,
CEO Blohm + Voss Industries.

Summary and rationale:

•SKF entered the marine business in the 1940’s and currently offers products,
engineering and services to the marine industry, mainly self-aligning bearings
and coupling products

•BVI operations and capabilities have a very strong fit with the SKF marine
strategy

•BVI products are of similar design parameters and production processes to
other SKF seals and bearing products

•Compliments SKF’s existing marine product and service range

•Strengthens SKF’s service capabilities and contributes with a complementary
market presence, through subsidiaries in Shanghai, Hong Kong, Singapore,
Busan, Andover and Kobe and sales agents and service stations worldwide

•Provides a strong customer network with shipyards and ship owners, in
addition to SKF’s strong position towards OEM’s (propeller makers)

•Establishes SKF as a leading supplier of marine sealing arrangements, and
hydrodynamic bearings, which is a significant bearing type in the marine
industry.

SKF is a leading global supplier of
bearings(http://www.skf.com/portal/skf/home/products?contentId=876709&lang=en),
seals(http://www.skf.com/portal/skf/home/products?contentId=238358&lang=en),
mechatronics(http://www.skf.com/portal/skf/home/products?contentId=447144&lang=en),
lubrication systems(http://www.skf.com/portal/skf_lub?lang=en), and
services(http://www.skf.com/portal/skf_lub/home/services?contentId=867934&lang=en)
which include technical support, maintenance and reliability services,
engineering consulting and training. SKF is represented in more than 130
countries and has 15,000 distributor locations worldwide. Annual sales in 2011
were SEK 66,216 million and the number of employees was 46,039. www.skf.com

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Contact:

SKF
MEDIA HOTLINE: 46 31337 2400
PRESS: Rebecca Janzon, Director, Press Relations
Tel: 46 31337 3880,
Mobile: 46 727-173880,
E-mail: rebecca.janzon@skf.com
or
INVESTOR RELATIONS:
Marita Björk, Director, Investor Relations
Tel: 46 31-337 1994,
Mobile: 46 705-181994,
E-mail: marita.bjork@skf.com
 
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