CHICAGO, July 1, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — JBT Corporation (NYSE: JBT), a global provider of technology solutions for high-value segments of the food and beverage industry, today announced the acquisition of Alco-food-machines GmbH & Co. KG (Alco ), a leading supplier of supplemental food processing solutions and production lines.
“Alco has been a family business for generations and over time has established an excellent reputation in the market as a leading provider of post-processing technology solutions with strong ties in the DACH region,” said declared Brian Deck, President and CEO. “Alco represents the perfect fit for JBT, where our brand family approach and broad food and beverage platform offer a compelling succession opportunity for businesses with industry-leading expertise in technology and food.
“The acquisition of Alco complements and expands our product offering in the further processing space, in particular expanding our offering in ready meal lines as well as alternative and plant-based protein technology,” said declared Bob Petrie, Executive Vice President and President, Proteins. “Bringing our businesses and technologies together supports our vision to be our customers’ preferred solutions partner, backed by unparalleled application expertise and best-in-class local service support. Alco is also strengthening our presence and capabilities in the important German market,” added Pétrie.
Alco was founded in Bad Iburg, Germany in 1977 based on the idea of Heinz and Gertrude Algra to make the best machines in the industry, which today produce everything from noodle sauces and pizzas to ready meals and snacks. “JBT has always been considered a leader in food processing, and its approach to preserving the Alco brand and continuing the family legacy of technology and service was of the utmost importance in finding the right partner for acquire the business,” said Isabelle Kleine-Ausberg, former shareholder of Alco. “We are excited about the possibilities of Alco’s next phase of growth,” added Thomas Kleine-Ausberg, Chief Executive Officer.
Alco expects 2022 revenue of approximately $35 million with EBITDA margins below double digits before synergies. The transaction is expected to have a slightly dilutive effect on GAAP 2022 earnings per share, but approximately two cents accretive on an adjusted basis, which excludes transaction-related costs and purchase price recognition. The purchase price has not been disclosed.
JBT Corporation (NYSE: JBT) is a leading global provider of technology solutions for the high-value segments of the food and beverage industry, with a focus on protein, liquid foods and automated systems. JBT designs, produces and services sophisticated products and systems for multinational and regional customers through its FoodTech segment. JBT also sells essential equipment and services to domestic and international air transport customers through its AeroTech segment. JBT Corporation employs approximately 6,800 people worldwide and operates sales, service, manufacturing and supply operations in more than 25 countries. For more information, please visit www.jbtc.com.
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