Terex Corp., Westport, Conn., announced today that it has agreed to divest its Terex Atlas heavy construction equipment, Ganderkesee, Germany, and knuckle-boom crane and related components businesses, operated in Vechta and Delmenhorst, Germany. Also included are the sales and service business located in Bradford, United Kingdom, and the Terex minority ownership position in the Atlas Chinese joint venture. Terms of the transaction, expected to close in the second quarter of 2010, are not being disclosed, although the business is being divested with an agreed-upon amount of capital to be transferred with the business.
"The Atlas divestiture is another important step forward in the strategic repositioning of Terex," said Ron DeFeo, Terex chairman and CEO. "We acquired the Atlas business in 2001 with the intention of having a quality full-size excavator as part of a globally competitive portfolio of construction equipment. Our goal was to grow the regionally strong Atlas excavator product as part of this strategy, but we were, for various reasons, never able to achieve the product cost advantage required for it to be successful. Despite restructuring attempts, the tough economic conditions in 2009 resulted in an operating loss for this business in excess of $61 million on sales of approximately $194 million, with approximately two-thirds of the loss coming from the construction products."
Product lines being divested in the transaction include crawler, wheel and rail excavators, knuckle-boom truck loader cranes and Terex Atlas-branded material handlers. The transaction also includes the Terex Atlas UK distribution business for truck loader cranes in the United Kingdom. The Atlas business is reported in the Terex Construction segment, with the exception of the knuckle-boom truck loader cranes, which is reported in the Terex Cranes segment.
Terex compact equipment made in Germany, namely mini- and midi-excavators and compact wheel loaders, as well as the Terex Fuchs material handler line, will remain with Terex as part of the Construction business segment. Also not part of the transaction are Terex rigid and articulated trucks, backhoe-loaders and other products manufactured in the United Kingdom.
The approximately 800 team members in Germany and the UK employed by the businesses being divested will have their employment transfer to the new owner. Additional information regarding the transfer will be provided to employees and their representatives, where provided for under local laws.