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Weir completes sale of oil and gas division to Caterpillar

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The Weir Group has announced that it has completed the sale of its Oil & Gas division to Caterpillar Inc.

The sale, for an enterprise value of US$405 million, subject to customary working capital and debt-like adjustments, was first announced on 5 October 2020 and approved by Weir shareholders on 23 November 2020.

Since then, the Group’s joint venture partner in Saudi Arabia-based Arabian Metals Company (AMCO) has exercised its pre-emption right, as set out in the Class 1 circular published on 3 November 2020, to purchase Weir’s 49% stake in AMCO. Therefore, the cash proceeds from the sale of the division, subject to customary working capital and debt-like adjustments, will be split between US$375m received from Caterpillar Inc. and US$30 million to be received on completion of the sale of AMCO, which is expected to occur in the first half of this year.

Commenting, the Weir Group CEO Jon Stanton said: “I would like to thank the Oil & Gas team for their magnificent contribution to Weir over the years. The sale delivers a great new home for the business and its people, and enables Weir to fully focus on our role as a provider of premium technology to global mining and infrastructure markets.”

Weir Oil & Gas has been reported under discontinued operations since the sale agreement was announced. The Weir Group will announce its 2020 full year results on 2 March 2021.

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