UPDATE 1-Johnson Controls to buy Air Distribution Technologies for $1.6 bln

Wed Apr 16, 2014 9:10am EDT
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By Euan Rocha

TORONTO, April 16 (Reuters) - Johnson Controls Inc said on Wednesday it will acquire Air Distribution Technologies from Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) for $1.6 billion, in a move aimed at expanding its offerings in the ventilation products segment.

Milwaukee, Wisconsin-based Johnson Controls, which makes car interiors and batteries as well as heating, ventilation and cooling systems for buildings, said the acquisition reflects its commitment to invest in the buildings business as a growth platform.

"This investment expands Johnson Controls' position in the buildings space with additional products that are complementary to our existing heating, ventilation and air conditioning offerings," said the diversified manufacturer's Chief Executive Alex Molinaroli, in a statement.

Canadian pension fund manager CPPIB had acquired Dallas-based Air Distribution business from Tomkins in 2012 for $1.1 billion, of which about $500 million was funded with equity from CPPIB.

Upon closing of the proposed deal with Johnson Controls in July, CPPIB expects to receive proceeds of about $1 billion.

The transaction comes just days after CPPIB and Canadian private equity firm Onex Corp agreed to sell industrial conglomerate Gates Corp to private equity firm Blackstone Group LP for $5.4 billion.

Auto-parts and building-products maker Gates is a division of Tomkins, which Onex and CPPIB jointly bought in 2010 for about $5 billion. That sale is also expected to close later this year, the companies said in early April.   Continued...