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FTC Approves Carlisle’s Purchase of the Liquid Finishing Business Assets from Graco


March 25, 2015
By Business Wire News

CHARLOTTE, N.C.

Carlisle Companies Incorporated (NYSE:CSL) has received notification that the United States Federal Trade Commission has approved Carlisle’s purchase from Graco Inc. (NYSE:GGG) and its subsidiary Finishing Brands Holdings, Inc. their held separate liquid finishing business assets (“Liquid Finishing Brands”), pursuant to the previously announced purchase agreement with Graco for $590 million in an all-cash transaction. The closing of the acquisition is expected to occur on or about April 1, 2015, subject to satisfaction or waiver of remaining closing conditions.

With annual sales of approximately $275 million, Liquid Finishing Brands is a global manufacturer and supplier of finishing equipment and systems serving diverse end markets for paints and coatings, including OE automotive, automotive refinishing, aerospace, agriculture, construction, marine, rail and other industrial applications. The business operates from 26 locations in seven countries. Liquid Finishing Brands manufactures and sells products under the well-known brand names of Binks®, DeVilbiss®, Ransburg® and BGK.

The transaction is expected to be accretive to Carlisle in the first year. Carlisle will include Liquid Finishing Brands in a new industry segment named Carlisle Fluid Technologies.

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About Carlisle Companies

Carlisle Companies Incorporated is a global diversified company that designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of products that serve a broad range of niche markets including commercial roofing, energy, agriculture, mining, construction, aerospace and defense electronics, medical technology, foodservice, healthcare and sanitary maintenance. Through our group of decentralized operating companies led by entrepreneurial management teams, we bring innovative product solutions to solve the challenges facing our customers. Our worldwide team of employees, who generated $3.2 billion in net sales in 2014, is focused on continuously improving the value of the Carlisle brand by developing the best products, ensuring the highest quality and providing unequaled customer service in the many industries we serve. Learn more about Carlisle at www.carlisle.com.

Carlisle Companies Incorporated
Steven J. Ford, (704) 501-1100
Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
http://www.carlisle.com