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EQT Private Equity to sell Dorner to Columbus McKinnon in a deal worth USD485m

EQT Private Equity, through the EQT Mid Market US fund, has agreed to sell Dorner to Columbus McKinnon Corporation for an Enterprise Value of USD485 million.

Founded in 1966 and headquartered in Hartland, WI, Dorner is a global provider of high precision conveyor solutions for high growth and resilient end markets including e-commerce, life sciences, food & beverage, industrial automation, packaging, and CPG. Dorner supports the quickly evolving automation industry, which is backed by the accelerating adoption of automated solutions. Dorner’s robust product portfolio extends across modular standard and highly engineered solutions along with aftermarket parts and services. Dorner’s proprietary DTools software provides access to its comprehensive solution library and allows customers to design and specify their own customized conveyors. The Company serves a global blue chip customer base with manufacturing facilities in North America, Latin America, Europe, and Asia and has approximately 400 employees worldwide.

With the support of EQT, Dorner continued to grow organically to solidify its position as a leading global industrial technology business. Substantial investments were made to integrate previous acquisitions to create a truly global platform with the ability to provide customers consistent quality and a uniform portfolio of products worldwide. EQT partnered with Dorner’s management team to realign the Company’s go-to-market approach to best serve its extensive customer base. Research and development was also prioritized, resulting in industry leading new product developments in additional end markets, such as life sciences and e-commerce, with many more products in the pipeline.

Kasper Knokgaard, Partner and Investment Advisor at EQT, says: “Dorner operates at the forefront of the automation revolution and is supporting industries undergoing rapid growth and transformation, such as e-commerce and life sciences. The Company exemplifies EQT’s thematic approach to investments within the Industrial Technology sector and is a market leader in the highly attractive automation subsector. We are very thankful to the Dorner management team, led by Terry Schadeberg, for its strategic vision and strong execution, and look forward to following Dorner’s journey with Columbus McKinnon.”

Terry Schadeberg, CEO of Dorner, says: “With the support of EQT, Dorner has strengthened our internal infrastructure, expanded our solutions set and gained share in high growth end markets that will continue to benefit from Dorner’s unique capabilities in the coming years. We thank EQT for its guidance and counsel through the last four years. Columbus McKinnon is an excellent strategic fit for Dorner and we are thrilled to partner with them in this next phase of growth.”

The transaction is subject to customary conditions and approvals and is expected to close in Q2 2021.

Baird and William Blair & Company LLC acted as financial advisors and Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP acted as legal advisor to EQT Private Equity and Dorner.

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