S&P 400 Component
Russell 1000 Component
|Founder||Mitchell and Steven Rales|
|Matthew Trerotola (CEO)|
Number of employees
Colfax Corporation is an American corporation manufacturing welding, air and gas handling equipment, and medical devices headquartered in Annapolis Junction, Maryland. Indexed on the NYSE, the company was originally founded as a spinoff from the American conglomerate Danaher Corporation. In 2011, Colfax acquired British Charter International PLC, which in turn owned Swedish ESAB (8,500 employees worldwide, 2012). Both companies have since been wholly owned by Colfax. Further Colfax also acquired Allweiler (2,100 employees worldwide, 2011). The company made its largest acquisition ever in November 2018, buying medical device company DJO Global for $3.15 billion.
In August 1997, Colfax Corporation acquired approximately 93% of IMO's common stock through a public tender offer. At the time of the acquisition, IMO was a diversified industrial manufacturer, with $469.0 million in annual revenue and five business units: Boston Gear, IMO Pump, Morse Controls, Gems Sensors, and Roltra Morse. Simultaneously with the closing of the tender offer, IMO sold its Gems Sensors unit to Danaher. In February 1998, IMO sold Roltra Morse to Magna International. These divestitures were made to narrow the strategic focus to two groups.
Consisting of two groups, power transmission and fluid handling, during its early years Colfax focused on strong brands that had leading positions in their markets. In July 1998 the German-based Allweiler was purchased to enhance the position in the Fluid Handling segment. In February 2005 the Power Transmission group was sold to Genstar Capital. At that time the President and CEO, John Young, promoted Scott Faison to SVP Finance & CFO and consolidated the Fluid Handling Group leadership with the corporate team in Richmond Virginia.
Acquisitions were then made of Zenith Pumps (from Parker Hannifin), Portland Valve, Lubrication Systems Company (Jan 2007) and Fairmount Automation (Nov 2007) to the Fluid Handling platform.
The revenue of the company for 2012 was $3 billion.
In July 2015, Matthew Trerotola was appointed CEO. In the 7 months following, the stock price fell by 40%, and Trerotola was awarded a $9 million bonus.
In December 2017, Colfax sold its fluid handling platform to Circor for cash and stock. This reduced the size of the company by about $0.5 billion. It also changed the name of the Gas and Fluid Handling division to the Air and Gas Handling division consisting of Howden. The Fab Tech group remained unchanged consisting of ESAB and Victor.
KPS Capital Partners (“KPS”) announced on May 16th 2019 that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Howden, from Colfax Corporation for $1.80 billion, including $1.66 billion in cash consideration and $0.14 billion in assumed liabilities and minority interest, subject to customary closing adjustments.
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