US-Based Global Technology Firm Acquires G&H Subsidiary EM4 for $12 Million

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Gooch & Housego, the specialist manufacturer of photonic components and systems, announced that it has sold its subsidiary EM4, LLC to EMFOUR Acquisition Co., LLC, a subsidiary of a US-based global technology company for a total consideration of up to $12 million. 

The EM4 business, located near Boston (MA), manufactures optoelectronic components and laser modules primarily for the US A&D market. The business also manufactured and supplied fused fibre couplers, but this product line has been excluded from the sale and transferred to the Group’s Torquay facility.

The total consideration payable of up to $12 million comprises an initial consideration of $5.25 million and deferred consideration of up to $6.75 million. The initial consideration will be settled in cash subject to customary adjustments for working capital, cash and debt at completion. The deferred consideration, which is based upon the performance of the EM4 business in the period ending 30 September 2025, will be settled in cash. The net proceeds of the Disposal will be used to reduce the Group’s borrowings.

In the Group’s results for the year ended 30 September 2023, the elements of the EM4 business that are subject to the sale contributed £13.4 million of revenue and delivered a loss before tax of £0.7 million. Some of the Group’s global function resources previously charged to the EM4 business will be redeployed following the Disposal to support the execution of the Group’s strategy. At 31 January 2024, the book value of the gross assets of the business totalled £12.4 million. The Disposal and its associated costs are expected to generate a non- underlying charge of circa £8.0 million (cash effect circa £1.5 million). The transaction is expected to be marginally accretive to underlying earnings for the year ending 30 September 2024.

Charlie Peppiatt, Chief Executive Officer of Gooch and Housego, commented, “I am pleased to be able to report the completion of an important milestone on our journey to deliver sustainable margin growth for the Group. The divestment of EM4 is the result of a carefully considered and ongoing review of our A&D product portfolio. The Disposal supports the Group’s consolidation of our A&D activities into areas where we can offer differentiated products to our customers and enable the Group to grow our optical systems business and maximise value creation from accretive optical systems solutions. I would like to thank the EM4 team in Boston for their contribution to G&H and wish them well for the future.”

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