SPARTANBURG, S.C., Aug. 13, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Synalloy Corporation (Nasdaq:SYNL), a producer of stainless steel pipe, fabricator of stainless and carbon steel piping systems, and producer of specialty chemicals, announces that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Palmer of Texas ("Palmer"), a leading manufacturer of liquid storage solutions and separation equipment for the petroleum, municipal water, wastewater, chemical and food industries.
In recent years, Palmer's business has been focused on providing fiberglass (FRP) and steel tanks to the oil industry. Their primary facility in Andrews, Texas is strategically located in the heart of the Permian Basin of west Texas and also serves other liquid rich shale areas including the Anadarko Basin, Eagle Ford Shale and the Barnett Shale. Palmer also operates a temporary facility on the Sabine River in Orange, Texas, where it builds oversized FRP tanks for international customers. With 137 employees, Palmer generated $32 million in revenues for the trailing twelve months ended May 31, 2012.
The all-cash transaction is valued at $25,575,000, plus working capital and fixed asset adjustments at and after closing. Palmer shareholders will also have the ability to receive earn-out payments ranging from $2,500,000 to $10,500,000 if the business unit achieves targeted levels of EBITDA over a three year period following closing; and Synalloy will have the ability to claw-back portions of the purchase price over a two year period following closing if EBITDA falls below baseline levels. Synalloy intends to fund the purchase price through an increase in its existing credit facility and new long-term debt in the amount of approximately $22.5 million. Although Synalloy has obtained a commitment from a bank for this funding, the loan has not yet closed, and closing will be subject to Synalloy completing and finalizing the acquisition of Palmer.The transaction is expected to be immediately accretive to Synalloy's earnings. At Palmer's current level of revenues, Synalloy is projecting a contribution of $.30 per share to its annual earnings. The transaction is expected to close by August 25, 2012.