Briggs & Stratton to acquire Brazilian company

Briggs & Stratton Corp. announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Companhia Caetano Branco of Brazil for approximately $60 million, subject to post-closing adjustments.

Founded in 1936, Branco is a leading brand in the Brazilian light power equipment market with a broad range of outdoor power equipment used primarily in light commercial applications in Brazil. Its products, including generators, water pumps and light construction equipment, are sold through its independent network of over 1,200 dealers throughout Brazil. Branco employs approximately 150 people in Brazil.

Briggs & Stratton anticipates financing the transaction from cash on hand and/or its existing credit facilities. Branco has annual sales of approximately $40 million with operating margins ranging from approximately 13 to 17 percent across its various product lines.

“This acquisition brings two great companies with incredible brand strength together. It is also another step in executing our strategy to expand in developing regions of the world in order to expand our product portfolio in higher margin categories and to diversify our geographic footprint,” said Todd Teske, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Briggs & Stratton.

“This is a very positive outcome for Branco customers and Briggs & Stratton. The Branco business is a leading brand in Brazilian light power equipment with a very strong distribution network in Brazil. It’s brand strength and current operational performance can only add to the strength of a company like Briggs & Stratton,” stated Denise Remor, CEO of Branco.
“We view this acquisition very positively for Briggs & Stratton and for all of the stakeholders in each entity – employees, customers and shareholders. With Branco’s brand strength, employees and customer base, we will have an established, well performing company located in a country that has aggressive infrastructure needs and a history of higher growth opportunities, which can only add to the strength of our company,” Teske said.

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