SPX, three private equity groups vie for Gardner Denver -sources
By Soyoung Kim
NEW YORK Nov 28 (Reuters) - Industrial machinery maker SPX Corp is pursuing a potential merger with rival Gardner Denver Inc, competing with three private equity groups that are also bidding for the company, five people familiar with the matter said.
Private equity firms Advent International, KKR Co & LP and the partnership of TPG Capital and Onex Corp are the buyout suitors involved in the second round of bidding for Gardner Denver, the people said this week.
Reuters reported on Nov. 15 that the company had short-listed a small group of bidders, including KKR and the TPG-Onex pair, for the next round of bidding after reviewing first-round bids.
Gardner Denver, which has a market value of roughly $3.3 billion, is expected to negotiate with the parties through the year-end for a potential deal early next year, the people said.
Gardner Denver and the private equity firms have declined to comment on the sale process. SPX did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
The Wayne, Pennsylvania-based company, which makes pumps and vacuum products for industrial uses, said last month that it is exploring a potential sale, confirming a Reuters report.
It remains to be seen if SPX could eventually prevail in the auction, as Gardner Denver's valuation has become expensive for publicly traded industry competitors that have seen their own stock prices languish over the past year.
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