Hillenbrand Closes Batesville Divestiture; Completes Company’s Transformation into Pure-Play Industrial

Date 2023-02-01 | Future Strategy

  • Hillenbrand is well-positioned to accelerate long-term growth with a focus on key end markets including durable plastics, food, and recycling
  • Company continues to build upon its strength in industrial processing expertise and highly-engineered equipment and systems, particularly following the strategic acquisitions of LINXIS Group, Peerless Food Equipment, Gabler Engineering, and Herbold Meckesheim

BATESVILLE, Ind., Feb. 1, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Hillenbrand, Inc. (NYSE: HI) announced today that it has completed its transformation into a pure-play industrial company with the closing of the sale of its Batesville business segment to an affiliate of private investment firm LongRange Capital for $761.5 million, subject to agreed closing adjustments, which includes an $11.5 million subordinated note.

"Over the last 12 months, we have been laser-focused on creating shareholder value by accelerating our transformation into a pure-play industrial company," said Kim Ryan, President and Chief Executive Officer of Hillenbrand. "The completion of this transaction is a defining moment in Hillenbrand's journey and allows us to concentrate our investments where we see strong growth potential, including durable plastics, food, and recycling. Our highly-engineered equipment and systems, our process expertise, and our industry-leading brands position us for compelling long-term growth."

Following customary closing adjustments, the Company expects after tax net proceeds of approximately $530 million, which it plans to use for existing debt reduction. Hillenbrand will remain headquartered in Batesville, Indiana.

About Hillenbrand

Hillenbrand (NYSE: HI) is a global industrial company that provides highly-engineered, mission-critical processing equipment and solutions to customers in over 100 countries around the world. Our portfolio is composed of leading industrial brands that serve large, attractive end markets, including durable plastics, food, and recycling. Guided by our Purpose — Shape What Matters For Tomorrow™ — we pursue excellence, collaboration, and innovation to consistently shape solutions that best serve our associates, customers, communities, and other stakeholders. To learn more, visit: www.Hillenbrand.com.

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