Wabtec signs agreement to acquire Nordco

March 24, 2021
Nordco’s railway maintenance equipment and service portfolio will expand Wabtec’s rail maintenance offerings.

Wabtec Corporation has signed a definitive agreement to acquire railroad maintenance-of-way equipment manufacturer Nordco from Greenbriar Equity Group LP.

Wabtec says the acquisition will expand its installed base and accelerate growth across Nordco’s product portfolio both domestically and internationally, while driving increased value creation for customers and shareholders. The acquisition has received necessary regulatory approvals and is subject to customary closing conditions.

“Nordco is a strategic addition to the Wabtec portfolio with an attractive pipeline of vertical solutions and strong aftermarket demand that will only be strengthened by our vast global footprint,” said Wabtec President and CEO Rafael Santana. “This acquisition aligns with our growth strategy, is supported by a strong recurring revenue model, technology that complements our business and is projected to deliver over $10 million in cost synergies for our shareholders over the next three years.”

In recent years, Greenbriar partnered with Nordco to invest in innovation, new product development and customer relationships, helping create a leader in rail maintenance-of-way equipment, products and services.

Nordco is expected to have full year 2021 sales of more than $175 million and EBITDA of about $40 million and will join Wabtec as part of its Freight Services group. Wabtec is acquiring Nordco for $400 million in cash, financed through cash on hand and a revolving credit facility. Wabtec expects Nordco to be immediately accretive to EBITDA margin, EPS and cash flow in 2021 after adjusting for one-time costs.

The Nordco family of companies provides an extensive selection of products and services that enable rail-related industries to build, improve, maintain and inspect their track infrastructure and reposition rolling stock. Nordco’s equipment and services support the North American Class 1 railroads, shortline and transit authorities, equipment leasing companies and leading industrial customers.

Pascal Schweitzer, president of Wabtec’s Freight Services group, said, “We are excited to welcome Nordco to Wabtec in an acquisition that accelerates our long-term profitable growth strategy. This deal will significantly increase our presence in the maintenance of way segment and give us a strong position in the growing railcar mover market. Our combination provides an attractive offer for customers and opens further opportunities for international expansion.”

Baird served as financial advisor to Nordco. Jones Day provided legal services to Wabtec and Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP provided legal services to Nordco.

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