Luxfer to acquire Neo Performance Materials, Vaulting to Nearly $1 Billion Player in Magnetics and Advanced Engineered Materials

Luxfer Holdings PLC, and Neo Performance Materials Inc have announced a definitive agreement under which Luxfer would acquire the Canadian rare-earth and rare-metals leader for $612 million in cash and stock. The deal vaults Luxfer to become a nearly $1 billion operator with a diverse portfolio of advanced materials serving industrial, defense, emergency response, healthcare and automotive markets.

Alok Maskara of Luxfer

“Neo’s magnequench segment is an industry leader in rare-earth powders used to manufacture magnets for performance micro motors and other critical applications, while the chemicals and oxides segment complements Luxfer’s own zirconium-based chemicals business.” stated Alok Maskara, CEO of Luxfer, when the agreement was announced in December.

The transaction accelerates Luxfer’s strategy to become a leading global manufacturer of highly-engineered advanced materials for high-end applications, said the company. The acquisition also expands Luxfer’s access to high-growth Asian markets, diversifying its customer base and creating a more direct path to procure raw materials.

Based in Manchester, UK, Luxfer is a producer of highly engineered materials with five business units focused on magnesium, zirconium and other materials. The company posted revenues of $441 million in 2017. Pictured above is Luxfer’s specialty magnesium alloy.

Geoff Bedford of Neo Performance Materials

According to Geoff Bedford, CEO of Neo Performanc Materials, “The combination of Luxfer and Neo creates a global leader of highly-engineered advanced materials which are critical to many of today’s macro global trends, including those promoting energy efficiency and environmental sustainability. This combination will enable our businesses to reach the next level as an important part of a larger, more diversified company.”

Neo had revenues of $454 million in its most recent fiscal year, ended September 2018. Its business is organized along three segments: Magnequench, Chemicals & Oxides and Rare Metals. Neo is headquartered in Toronto, Canada with corporate offices in Greenwood Village, Colorado, and Beijing, China. It operates globally with sales and production across 10 countries, being Japan, China, Thailand, Estonia, Singapore, Germany, the UK, Canada, USA and South Korea. 

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