MISSION WOODS, Kan., Aug. 25, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Layne Christensen Company (“Layne”) (Nasdaq:LAYN) today announced the acquisition of a 50% interest in Diberil Sociedad Anonima, a Uruguayan company and parent company to Costa Fortuna (Brazil and Uruguay). Costa Fortuna, with operations in Sao Paulo, Brazil and Montevideo, Uruguay, is one of the largest providers of specialty foundation and specialized marine geotechnical services in South America. Layne has mineral exploration operations already in Brazil and sees the expansion of its geotechnical construction business into this market as a very strategic opportunity. Costa Fortuna, with 250 employees, produced approximately $25 million in revenue and $4.5 million in earnings before interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization for the year ended December 31, 2009. Layne’s investment for its 50% interest included the purchase of shares from individuals for $10.1 million and the purchase of shares directly from Diberil for $4.8 million resulting in, net of Layne’s interest in Diberil, an economic investment of $12.5 million. Subsequent to the acquisition, both shareholders contributed $1.25 million in cash for working capital. In addition, and as part of this transaction, Diberil purchased from Layne 100% of the stock of Layne GeoBrazil for $4.8 million. Layne will record activity from its investment in Diberil as equity in earnings of affiliates.
Peter Iovino, Layne GeoConstruction Division President, said, “This acquisition adds capacity to Layne’s strategy of expanding its geotechnical expertise in ground stabilization product lines. Costa Fortuna operations complement Layne’s current product offerings and expands those offerings, especially, in marine geotechnical and slurry wall construction. We are extremely pleased to add the Costa Fortuna entities to the Layne GeoConstruction family.”
Aldo Corda, President of Costa Fortuna, said, “Our relationship with the management of Layne GeoConstruction goes back many years. We are looking forward to working with them once again and to expanding Layne’s geotechnical construction capabilities into our South American markets.”
Costa Fortuna was recently awarded a construction contract for 270,000 square ft. of reinforced concrete slurry walls by one of the largest mining companies in the world. The construction of the slurry walls will allow the excavation of a large collection pit that will receive and store iron ore that arrives from a mine by train and subsequently loaded on ships by conveyors. Management believes this is the first time in South America that the “Hydromills” trench cutting technique will be used in such a large scale project. The project value is estimated to be approximately $22 million in labor and $20 million in materials (steel/concrete) and it should be completed over the next several months.
Costa Fortuna operates as a specialty marine contractor or subcontractor to heavy civil constructors and construction managers in connection with governmental and industrial construction projects throughout Brazil, Uruguay and other South America countries. From design through construction, Costa Fortuna provides an array of services to address complex civil construction foundations and soil stabilization issues.
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Layne Christensen Company provides products and services for the water, mineral, construction and energy markets.