GE plans to acquire Denmark-based LM Wind Power for $1.65B
GE announced its intent to purchase LM Wind Power, a Denmark-based manufacturer and supplier of rotor blades to the wind industry, for $1.65B. The deal in-sources wind turbine blade design and manufacturing for GE's Renewable Energy business, improving its ability to increase energy output and create value for onshore and offshore customers. Since 2001, LM Wind Power has been owned by Doughty Hanson, a leading London-based private equity firm. The acquisition is valued at 8.3 times pro forma earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization. The transaction is subject to customary regulatory and governmental approvals and GE expects to close the transaction in the first half of 2017. GE expects the acquisition to be accretive to earnings in 2018. GE Renewable Energy is expected to sustain a solid growth rate over the next few years. The integration with Alstom Power is on track and global demand is robust. The business can fully leverage all elements of the GE Store. GE expects sustainable growth in margins and returns. Following the closing of the deal, GE intends to operate LM Wind Power as a standalone unit within GE Renewable Energy and will continue to fully support all industry customers with the aim of expanding these relationships. GE will also retain the ability to source blades from other suppliers. LM Wind Power will continue to be led by its existing management team and be headquartered in Denmark, where it also maintains a global technology center.