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Weir Group completes acquisition of ESCO Corp.

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The Weir Group PLC has completed the acquisition of ESCO Corp. effective today.

This follows the announcement on 19 April 2018 of an agreement to acquire ESCO, a provider of ground engaging tools for surface mining and infrastructure, for an estimated Enterprise Value of US $1285 million.

Weir Group CEO, Jon Stanton, said: “I am delighted that ESCO has formally become part of the Weir Group. ESCO brings a strong global leadership position and adds another premium brand to our portfolio of market-leading products and services.

As mining markets continue to grow customers are focused on increasing production sustainably and efficiently. ESCO’s premier position in surface mining complements our established leadership in materials processing, meaning together the Group has a unique range of mission critical solutions from extraction to concentration, built on proprietary technology, superior wear life and supported by an unrivalled service network.”

ESCO will operate as a new division of the Weir Group, and will be reported as a separate segment alongside Minerals and Oil & Gas. Following the previous announcement that the Group will initiate a process to sell the Flow Control Division, the results of that division will now be reported as discontinued operations.

ESCO will be led by Division President, Jon Owens, formerly President and Chief Operating Officer of ESCO Corp., who first joined the business in 1986. Owens will join Weir’s Group Executive and become a Person Discharging Managerial Responsibilities (PDMR) with immediate effect.

Cal Collins, formerly Chairman and CEO of ESCO Corp., will join The Weir Group PLC Board as a Non-Executive Director and PDMR with immediate effect.

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