Agility Fuel Systems and Hexagon Composites Announce Merger to Create Agility Fuel Solutions

Agility Fuel Systems and Hexagon Composites Announce Merger to Create Agility Fuel Solutions


Hexagon Composites, the global leader in composite cylinders for natural gas vehicles (NGVs), and Agility Fuel Systems, the leader in natural gas fuel system solutions for commercial vehicles, announced today that the companies will merge Hexagon Composites’ CNG Automotive Products Division, which includes medium- and heavy-duty vehicle composite cylinder manufacturing operations and its bus systems business unit, with Agility to form Agility Fuel Solutions. The new entity will be owned equally by Hexagon Composites and Agility’s current investors. Agility Fuel Solutions will continue to transform the global medium- and heavy-duty vehicle industry with clean fuel technologies.

The merger is uniquely positioned to drive innovation in the industry, while better serving the global market and expanding its product offerings worldwide. The strategic integration of fuel systems and cylinders will provide value by reducing up-front costs for clean technology, accelerating commercialization of new product ideas, and driving faster returns on investments. The combined company will have production sites in the US, Norway, and Brazil, with technical centers located in Lincoln, Nebraska and Kelowna, British Columbia. Agility Fuel Solutions will manufacture cylinders for use in its systems, as well as for direct sale with offices in the US, Canada, Latin America, Norway, India, and Southeast Asia.

“This merger combines two market leaders with strong backgrounds in engineering creativity, profitable growth and operational excellence” said Kathleen Ligocki, named CEO of the newly merged company, Agility Fuel Solutions. “Agility is proud of our successful relationship with Hexagon, and together we will target driving adoption of clean natural gas systems in commercial vehicle markets around the world.”

“This transaction is a natural progression of our existing joint venture arrangement and will expand our ability to create unique value for our customers by deepening our technical capabilities and expanding our reach globally.” stated Sam Gabbita, General Partner at Element Partners, the lead investor for Agility Fuel Systems. “Natural gas is a key component of the global green shift, and we remain committed to providing the industry with the highest quality products to optimize its use.” said Jon Erik Engeset, President and CEO of Hexagon Composites ASA.

Natural gas is an economical and environmentally attractive fuel for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles, addressing the world’s environmental health with significantly lower emissions of greenhouse gases, NOx and particulate matter. It is a game changer for the global economy, especially when combined with renewable sources and pricing stability relative to conventional liquid fuels.

Hexagon’s Mobile Pipeline®, Hydrogen Products and Light-Duty Vehicles divisions will continue to operate as Hexagon Composites. The transaction is expected to close in the 3rd quarter of 2016.

The following additional information is provided in accordance with Continuing Obligations of listed companies section 3.4.2:

1.) Transaction and parties: The transaction described above is subject to final board approvals and completion.

2.) Consideration: The total consideration for the 50% interest in the newly formed Agility Fuel Solutions entity, in addition to the contribution of the CNG Automotive Products Division, is a cash payment of USD 17.5 million (approx. NOK 140 million) from available funds. The implicit transaction value of the new entity is USD 318 million of which Hexagon Composites group’s 50% share is then USD 159 million (approx. NOK 1.3 billion)

3.) Further description of the companies and transaction: Please refer to the Attachment to this notice which gives the Financial Year 2015 proforma financial statements on a carve out basis for Hexagon Composites ASA’s contributed CNG Automotive heavy and medium duty business. This includes assets held by the wholly owned Hexagon Lincoln Inc subsidiary, as well as 100% of the shares of Hexagon Bus Systems AS. The recently acquired Hexagon Composites Brazil Ltda follows this transaction. The Net Assets contributed, on this reference basis, is USD 50 million (approx. NOK 400 million). Total Operating Income on this reference basis is USD 87 million (approx. NOK 700 million). The net profit on this reference basis, restated on an “as previously reported” basis, is approximately USD 2.5 million (NOK 20 million) after group financial costs, royalties and charges. The total number of employees in this business is 200. As the transaction is primarily a carve-out, information around board of directors etc. is not considered applicable. The new entity is expected to be self-financed. The new entity on a combined basis using Financial Year 2015 proforma financial statements of both contributed businesses is estimated to have Net Assets and total Operating Income (Revenue) of USD 115 million (approx. NOK 925 million) and USD 209 million (approx. NOK 1.7 billion) respectively.

4.) Consequences of the transaction: In addition to the strengthened strategic impacts disclosed above, the transaction will trigger a move from the current consolidation accounting for the contributed business, to equity accounting for this new jointly controlled entity. This will mean that profit and loss items previously reported in gross terms will, going forward, be reported in net terms as share of profit or loss from joint ventures and associates, in the Income Statement. As a result of the transaction, excess value over book value (including Goodwill) of the magnitude of NOK 370 million is expected to be recognized on the Statement of Financial Position. A corresponding one-time extraordinary profit will be realized in the Income statement. Aside from these one-off entries, the initial impact to the consolidated group net income or total assets is not considered significant. Final quantification of impacts and accounting classification will only be available post-closing and so these may vary from the estimates given. An updated statement, together with proforma financial statements of the new entity, will be prepared after final completion of the transaction.

5.) Agreements with directors or senior executives in relation to the transaction: No such agreements have been entered into in relation to this transaction.

Agility Fuel Systems, headquartered in Santa Ana, California, is the leading developer and manufacturer of natural gas fuel systems for medium and heavy-duty vehicles in North America. Agility’s highly engineered, proprietary natural gas fuel systems store, manage and deliver natural gas to the engine and enable the safe and effective use of natural gas as a vehicle fuel for local, regional and long-haul applications.

Hexagon Composites is a publicly listed company with its headquarters in Aalesund, Norway.It operates one of the world’s most advanced facilities for designing, testing and manufacturing all-composite cylinders for gas applications. It is a globally leading supplier in the industry and sets the standard for excellence in efficiency, safety and durability.

Both companies have been leaders in the natural gas industry for over two decades.