- Announces sale of subsidiary holding all asbestos liabilities, related insurance assets, and approximately $550 million of cash
- Buyer is Spruce Lake Liability Management, a long-term liability management company specializing in the acquisition and management of legacy corporate liabilities
- Transaction permanently removes all asbestos related liabilities and obligations from Crane’s balance sheet
- Will result in stronger annual free cash flow generation due to elimination of asbestos-related payments
- Creates greater focus on core businesses and value creation through capital deployment
Crane Holdings, Co. (“Crane,” NYSE: CR), a diversified manufacturer of highly engineered industrial products, announced today that it has divested Redco Corporation (“Redco”), a wholly owned subsidiary that holds liabilities including asbestos liabilities and related insurance assets to Spruce Lake Liability Management Holdco LLC (“Spruce Lake” or “Spruce Lake Liability Management”), a long-term liability management company specializing in the acquisition and management of legacy corporate liabilities. The transaction indemnifies Crane for all legacy asbestos liabilities. At closing, Crane contributed approximately $550 million in cash to Redco, and Spruce Lake made a capital contribution of $83 million. Crane financed its contribution with a combination of short-term debt and cash on hand.
Max Mitchell, Crane President and Chief Executive Officer stated: “Today’s announcement provides finality and certainty to investors regarding asbestos obligations, and it removes the distraction of asbestos related risks. Further, eliminating ongoing payments for asbestos related defense and indemnity costs will increase annual free cash flow available for us to invest in our business, both organically and inorganically. The transaction will also give us substantially more flexibility to optimize the capital structures for post-separation Crane Company and Crane NXT in a manner that positions both companies for growth and value creation.”
Mr. Mitchell continued: “This transaction is yet another step demonstrating our firm and longstanding commitment to delivering long-term growth and sustainable value creation for all stakeholders. That commitment is evident in our consistent and differentiated execution; the numerous actions we have taken to shape our portfolio including acquisitions that strengthen our strategic growth platforms, as well as divestitures to streamline and focus our portfolio; and, our announcement earlier this year to pursue a separation into two independent, publicly traded companies.”
Spruce Lake will assume the operational management of Redco, including the administration of all the asbestos claims and collection of existing insurance policy reimbursements.
As a result of the transaction, Crane has removed all asbestos obligations and liabilities, related insurance assets, and associated deferred tax assets from the company’s consolidated balance sheet. The divestiture will result in an estimated one-time after-tax loss of approximately $170 million that will be recorded in the third quarter of 2022 which will be excluded from adjusted earnings per share.
Evercore acted as exclusive financial advisor to Crane in connection with the transaction, and legal counsel was provided by Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP; and, K&L Gates LLP. Nomura Securities International, Inc. acted as exclusive financial advisor to Spruce Lake in connection with the transaction.
About Crane Holdings, Co.
Crane Holdings, Co. is a diversified manufacturer of highly engineered industrial products. Founded in 1855, Crane provides products and solutions to customers across end markets including aerospace, defense, chemical and petrochemical, water and wastewater, payment automation, and banknote security and production, as well as for a wide range of general industrial and consumer applications. The Company has four business segments: Aerospace & Electronics, Process Flow Technologies, Payment & Merchandising Technologies, and Engineered Materials. Crane has approximately 11,000 employees in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Australia. Crane is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE:CR). For more information, visit www.craneco.com.
About Spruce Lake
Spruce Lake Liability Management, an entity formed by a joint venture between Global Risk Capital LLC and affiliates of Fortress Investment Group LLC, is a long-term liability management company specializing in the acquisition and management of legacy corporate liabilities and related corporate assets. Spruce Lake draws on the extensive experience of Global Risk Capital LLC, which has made over 140 portfolio acquisitions and investments in the legacy liability sector since 2001, while also providing corporate sellers of legacy liabilities with a counterparty funded by institutional capital and a long-term investment strategy. Spruce Lake’s mission is to assist corporate stakeholders by restructuring or divesting legacy liabilities, through transactions that optimize corporate balance sheets and allow management to refocus on core business operations. Spruce Lake’s capabilities extend to various types of legacy liabilities, but with a particular focus on asbestos related exposures. For more information, visit www.sprucelakelm.com.
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Jason D. Feldman
Vice President, Investor Relations