Generac Holdings Inc. (NYSE: GNRC), a leading designer and manufacturer of generators and other engine powered products, announced today the signing of a purchase agreement to acquire the equity of Tower Light Srl and its wholly-owned subsidiaries from European private equity fund Ambienta I, advised by Ambienta SGR, and a group of minority-share investors.
Founded in 1996 and headquartered outside Milan, Italy, Tower Light is a leading developer and supplier of mobile light towers throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Tower Light has experienced growth and built a leading market position in the equipment rental markets by leveraging their broad product offering and strong global distribution network in over 50 countries. With approximately 100 employees, Tower Light’s net sales for year ended December 31, 2012 were approximately €37 million.
“Tower Light is a great strategic fit for Generac’s business, providing an expanded product offering of light tower generators to support additional geographic markets beyond those we serve today,” said Aaron Jagdfeld, President and Chief Executive Officer of Generac. “Acquiring Tower Light positions us as a global leader in light towers, allowing us to participate in the growing rental market for these products outside the U.S.”
“This is a very exciting development for Tower Light which opens up many new opportunities and allows us to continue to innovate and further develop the Tower Light product range. We are pleased to join the Generac family, and we look forward to our continued success as we work together to execute on potential synergies and drive global growth for mobile power products,” said Andrea Fontanella, Founder and Managing Director of Tower Light Srl.
Following the close of the transaction, Tower Light’s management team will continue to lead the company and the Tower Light brand name will join Generac’s brands, including Magnum and Ottomotores, in serving global power generation and associated markets. It is expected that the transaction will close in the third quarter of 2013, pending standard closing conditions. The purchase price of the acquisition was not announced.