Lydall completes divestiture of Affinity

Manchester, Conn. – Lydall Inc. has completed the sale of Lydall Industrial Thermal Solutions Inc. (Affinity), a designer and manufacturer of high performance industrial chillers and heat exchangers, to Lytron Inc. at a purchase price of $14 million.

"We are pleased to announce the successful completion of another step in our strategic plan," said Dale Barnhart, CEO and president of Lydall Inc.  "The divestiture of Affinity is clearly in line with our efforts to transform Lydall into a more focused organization. Further, we believe that this transition will enhance Affinity and enable its employees and customers to benefit from Lytron's core expertise in thermal management solutions."

"With our strong balance sheet, new credit facility and the proceeds from this sale, Lydall is very well positioned to pursue its organic growth initiatives as well as potential acquisitions," Barnhart added,

Founded in 1990 and acquired by Lydall in 2001, Affinity is a North American producer of highly engineered thermal management systems that precisely control operating temperatures of advanced manufacturing equipment and analytical tools. Affinity's thermal management solutions – including chillers, heat exchangers, product maintenance, and service – are sold to customers in the semiconductor, laser and general industrial markets.

Based in Woburn, Mass., Lytron Inc. manufactures custom and standard cold plates, heat exchangers, assemblies, and cooling systems for OEMs and end users. The company's products are primarily used in the medical, laser, military, commercial aerospace, power electronics, analytical, and semiconductor markets.

C.W. Downer & Co., an independent global middle-market investment bank based in Boston, Mass., acted as exclusive financial advisor to Lydall Inc. on this divestiture.

Lydall Inc. focuses on manufacturing specialty engineered products for the thermal/acoustical and filtration/separation markets.


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