Layne Christensen Announces Closing of Sale of Geoconstruction Business for $43 Million

Aug 18, 2015, 07:00 ET from Layne Christensen Company

THE WOODLANDS, Texas, Aug. 18, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Layne Christensen (NASDAQ: LAYN) ("Layne" or the "Company") today announced the closing of the previously announced sale of its Geoconstruction business segment to a subsidiary of Keller Foundations, LLC, a member of Keller Group plc ("Keller") for a total of $43 million, including the preliminary value of the business segment's working capital which is subject to a post-closing reconciliation. Approximately $6.0 million of the purchase price will remain in escrow or will be paid at a later date upon the satisfaction of certain conditions. As previously announced, Layne will share in the profit or loss for one of the contracts being assumed by Keller, which could increase the purchase price by up to $5 million, or decrease it by up to $1.5 million.  Layne expects to use the net proceeds from the sale for general corporate purposes and growth opportunities in its core businesses.

Michael J. Caliel, Layne's President and CEO, commented, "We are pleased to have closed this transaction as it furthers our strategy to reshape our operating portfolio and focus on Layne's core competencies. Our detailed review of all aspects of our portfolio and our operations, including our cost structure, continues in order to unlock value for our shareholders."

Layne Christensen Company

Layne is a global water management, construction and drilling company, providing responsible solutions to the world of essential natural resources — water, mineral and energy. We offer innovative, sustainable products and services with an enduring commitment to safety, excellence, and integrity.

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Contacts

Layne Christensen Company Michael J. Caliel President & CEO 281-475-2690 michael.caliel@layne.com

Michael Anderson Chief Financial Officer 281-475-2670 michael.anderson@layne.com

Dennard Lascar Associates Ken Dennard/Jack Lascar 713-529-6600 ken@dennardlascar.com jlascar@dennardlascar.com

 

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