Precision Castparts Buys Aerospace Fastener Business for $190m

Precision Castparts Corp. has entered into definitive agreements to acquire the shares of Air Industries Corporation (AIC) and the assets of Air Tuf Products, Inc. for $194.0 million in cash.

Founded in 1951, privately held AIC is a leading manufacturer of airframe fasteners, which include bolts, pins, and screws made from titanium and nickel-based alloys. This acquisition will significantly enhance PCC’s presence in the aerospace fastener market by expanding the Company’s product portfolio. AIC employs 510 people at its facilities in Garden Grove, California.

The transaction for AIC, which is expected to be treated as an acquisition of assets for tax purposes, and the acquisition of Air Tuf assets should generate approximately $57 million in tax savings over the next 15 years, which are worth approximately 18 percent of the total acquisition price on a present value basis. The acquisitions will be immediately accretive to earnings.

“Since our successful acquisition of SPS Technologies in December 2003, we have been actively pursuing aerospace fastener manufacturers that would ‘tuck in’ with our existing product line, and AIC fits squarely into that strategy,” said Mark Donegan, PCC’s chairman and chief executive officer. “AIC’s significant presence in structural airframe bolts and its expertise in titanium fastener products will greatly expand our manufacturing capabilities and the range of fastener product families we can offer to our customers. The founder and management of AIC have built a great company, which we are excited to add to the PCC and SPS family.”

PCC will also acquire AIC’s production facilities and associated real property in Garden Grove, California, and through PCC Precision Tool Group, the assets of Air Tuf Products, Inc., a manufacturer of header tooling and punch dies located in Phoenix, Arizona. PCC has entered into agreements assuring that both the president and chief operating officer will aid in the transition and ensure optimal performance from AIC in the future.

The transaction, which is subject to regulatory approvals, including Hart-Scott-Rodino, is expected to close in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2005. PCC will fund the acquisition with cash on hand.

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