Biesse Acquires GMM Group

Biesse S.p.A., a company listed in the Euronext STAR segment of the Italian Stock Exchange, signed a contract for the acquisition of the entire share capital of GMM Finance S.r.l., the holding company of the GMM Group which comprises GMM S.p.A., Bavelloni S.p.A. and Techni Waterjet Ltd., as well as their Italian and foreign subsidiaries, active in the stone, glass and other materials’ machining segments. GMM Group is present in 90 countries, operates with nine commercial subsidiaries worldwide, six production plants in Italy and one in Thailand, and approximately 450 employees.

The sellers are Consilium Private Equity Fund III (managed by Consilium SGR p.a.) with a 75 percent holding, and FGL Holding s.r.l. (owned by the founding shareholders) with a 25 percent holding. The provisional value of the deal of approximately 72 million euros (Equity Value), will be paid by cash at the closing date, and has been determined considering Net Financial Debt starting from an Enterprise Value of 86.5 million euros. Furthermore, the agreement provides the usual price adjustment mechanisms that will be determined in the months following the closing, defined mainly according to variations of GMM Finance S.r.l.’s net working capital and net financial debt. The closing of the operation is expected by February 15, 2024 and is subject to the fulfilment of specific suspensive conditions in line with normal market practices for such operations.

This operation, in line with Biesse’s strategic plan that provides for growth also through acquisitions, will increase the product portfolio of the stone-working, glass-working and other materials’ processing segments by integrating the technologies of a leading company in these productions.

GMM, founded in 1993 in Gravellona Toce in Piedmont, started its activities designing and assembling bridge cutters for the stone industry and continued its evolution to become a leader in the production of advanced machines and numeric control equipment. Through the acquisition of the Australian company Techni Waterjet, GMM has successfully extended its offering adding an innovative water cutting technology mainly applied to the metal-working, stone-working and glass-working segments. Subsequently, with  the  acquisition  of  the  Italian  company Bavelloni, GMM further extended its product portfolio in the glass processing industry.

The latest consolidated financial statements of the GMM Group are referred to the year 2022 and report a sales turnover of 124 million euros, EBITDA of 12.5 million euros and net financial debt of 4.4 million euros. Performance for 2023 is foreseen in line with the prior year.

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