Twin Disc acquires Dutch global marine propulsion supplier Veth Propulsion

Sarah Carter
Sarah Carter

19 June 2018


The global power transmission manufacturer Twin Disc has announced its acquisition of Veth Propulsion Holding, a Dutch global marine propulsion supplier, and its wholly-owned subsidiaries in a USD 58.6 million deal.

"The purchase price is approximately USD 58.6 million (EUR49.7 million) plus net cash, with potential adjustments based on Veth Propulsion’s working capital as of the closing date, and will be financed through a combination of cash and new debt facilities," said a press release from the company.

The acquisition is expected to be completed in July 2018 and is subject to typical closing conditions.

For over 65 years, Veth Propulsion has provided the global marine industry with innovative and leading propulsion and power control products and associated services. Headquartered in Papendrecht, Netherlands Veth Propulsion is a customer-oriented manufacturer of azimuth rudder propellers, thrusters and generator sets, and is a supplier and repairer of diesel engines.

In December 2015, Veth Propulsion selected Twin Disc as its distributor for select Asian markets. This unique relationship expanded with a North American distribution partnership in 2016.

“As we celebrate our 100th anniversary, I am excited to announce the accretive acquisition of Veth Propulsion. Twin Disc has worked with Veth Propulsion for over two years and the companies share similar cultures based on providing customers with high-quality products and leading design, engineering, and manufacturing services,” said John H. Batten, President and CEO of Twin Disc. “Veth Propulsion strategically expands our global market opportunity, increases our size, scale, and scope within the marine industry, and diversifies our end-market penetration. This is part of our continual strategy to diversify our geographies, markets, and products.”