02/02/2022

2 February 2022
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H.B. Fuller acquires Apollo (UK manufacturer of adhesives, coatings and primers) to support growth strategy in UK and Europe

H.B. Fuller Company has finalized its purchase of Apollo, the United Kingdom’s largest independent manufacturer of liquid adhesives, coatings and primers for the roofing, industrial and construction markets.

Apollo manufactures and sells a diverse range of commercial roofing, construction, and adhesives solutions. It is based in Tamworth, UK, and is projected to have 2022 revenue of approximately £42 million and EBITDA of approximately £11 million.

Apollo will operate within H.B. Fuller’s existing Construction Adhesives and Engineering Adhesives business units, and is expected to enhance H.B. Fuller’s position in key high-value, high-margin markets in the UK and Europe.

Apollo complements H.B. Fuller’s Construction Adhesives businesses in Europe and its recent addition in early January 2022 of Fourny nv in Belgium, which had 2021 sales of €8 million and EBITDA of €2.1 million.

The addition of this business will expand the company’s share in key construction markets in the UK and across Europe and enable global expansion of its leading position in the roofing industry.

Apollo’s roofing technology includes a range of insulation and membrane adhesives, and roof and waterproofing primers.

The construction solutions business supplies liquid adhesive, sealants, and resin to construction markets, which are used to bond or repair building materials in homes, on construction sites and in factories, replacing traditional adhesives, such as cements, wood glues, or traditional fasteners.

The industrial adhesive solutions business will enhance H.B. Fuller’s Engineering Adhesives’ transportation product line with high-performance applications for panel laminations in caravans and motor homes, PVC door panels, insulation, furniture, textiles, aircraft seating and marine vessels.

Total purchase price for the two acquisitions was $211 million, a multiple of 12.3X EBITDA before synergies. Annual run-rate synergies of $8 million are expected to be realized over the next three years, resulting in a post synergy multiple of 8.4X EBITDA.

“With these acquisitions, we have added deep market knowledge, strong customer relationships and a local manufacturing footprint which will enable H.B. Fuller to capitalize on access to regional capabilities in the UK and core Europe and to fully leverage our CA technology portfolio much more effectively,” said H.B. Fuller President and CEO Jim Owens. “Apollo’s highly specified commercial roofing, construction and high-performance industrial adhesives will drive new growth opportunities in our construction and transportation adhesives businesses in the UK and across EIMEA. Fourny’s position as a leader in the commercial roofing business will accelerate our growth in the region and allow localization of products imported from the United States. Our companies share cultures and growth strategies that are well aligned, and both companies will integrate seamlessly into our Construction and Engineering Adhesives business units. Together, we will leverage the synergies made possible through this transaction to partner more efficiently and effectively with customers in roofing, building envelope and transportation.”

Apollo and Fourny’s technologies advance H.B. Fuller’s strategy of growing its portfolio of high-performance applications for highly specified markets. It expands its portfolio of applications for commercial roofing, building envelope and transportation.

Apollo adds complementary solutions that align with H.B. Fuller’s existing strategic business units. More than 80% of H.B. Fuller’s current sales in its Construction Adhesives business are in North America. Substantial opportunity exists to grow sales in the UK and Europe through the addition of Apollo and Fourny.

Fuller expects sales expansion of Apollo and Fourny’s established products to provide annualized revenue and cost synergies of approximately $8 million by 2024.

The transactions are expected to have a positive impact on H.B. Fuller’s long-term growth rate and gross margin in its Construction Adhesives and Engineering Adhesives business units, and be accretive to adjusted earnings per share in the first year following the close of the transaction.