Press Release

Announcement of Completion of Acquisition of Membership Interests in Central Conveyor


Tsubaki is pleased to announce that it completed the acquisition of Central Conveyor Company, LLC and its five subsidiaries (“Central Conveyor”) through its wholly owned subsidiary, U.S. Tsubaki Holdings, Inc. (“USTH”) and made them consolidated subsidiaries of Tsubaki on June 15, 2018.

Reasons for acquisition

The Tsubakimoto Chain Group aims to expand its Materials Handling business in addition to its Chain and Automotive Parts businesses and become a diversified machinery manufacturer in the U.S. market where significant growth is expected to continue. To achieve this goal, Tsubaki acquired Central Conveyor, a conveyor system integrator with blue-chip customers in the U.S. automotive and other industries, and made it a consolidated subsidiary.

Outline of USTH

Company name:

U.S. Tsubaki Holdings, Inc.


(HQ) 301 E. Marquardt Drive, Wheeling, IL 60090 U.S.A.


Tetsuya Yamamoto, President

Business description:

U.S. holding company



Outline of Central Conveyor

Acquisition scope:

Central Conveyor Company, LLC and its five subsidiaries listed below
Central Automation Holdings, Inc.
Central Process Engineering, LLC
Electrical Insights, LLC
KCI, Incorporated


(HQ) 52800 Pontiac Trail Wixom, MI 48393, USA


Rick Wells, CEO

Business description:

Design, manufacture, construction, and sales of conveyor and materials handling systems

Member Capital:


Year of establishment:


Main shareholders and shareholdings:

(1) NS CCC Acquisition LLC: 75%
(2) Central Conveyor Holdings, Inc.: 19.81%

Relationship with Tsubaki:

There is no significant capital, personnel or business relationship between Central Conveyor and Tsubaki.

Consolidated business results and financial position over the past three fiscal periods (Unit: USD 000s):

*Dec 2017 includes figures of a company acquired in March 2017.
Fiscal Period Dec 2015 Dec 2016 Dec 2017*
Net assets 16,829 22,181 31,675
Total assets 66,438 76,083 111,558
Sales 107,380 113,258 242,269
Operating income 7,442 10,811 19,950
Ordinary income 3,398 10,032 17,529
Net income attributable to Central Conveyor 3,398 10,032 16,871

Outline of other parties to the acquisition

Details of the shareholders including the main shareholders above are undisclosed because consent from such other parties could not be obtained. There is no significant capital, personnel or business relationship between Tsubaki and any of the shareholders.

Percentage of voting rights pertaining to acquired interests, acquisition price, and percentage of voting rights before and after acquisition

(1) Percentage of voting rights before acquisition:


(2) Percentage of voting rights pertaining to acquired interests:


(3) Acquisition price:

141 million US dollars (*)

(4) Percentage of voting rights before acquisition:


(*) Includes debt, etc. in addition to the funds for the membership interests. Further, pursuant to the Purchase and Sale Agreement (“PSA”), the base amount above shall be adjusted according to an increase or decrease in working capital, etc. through the Closing.

Transfer schedule

(1) Execution of Purchase and Sale Agreement :

Apr 24, 2018 (EST)

(2) Transfer date of membership interests:

June 15, 2018 (EST)

Future outlook

Tsubaki intends to make Central Conveyor a consolidated subsidiary from FY2018 (fiscal period ending March 31, 2019). Consequently, there will be no impact on Tsubaki’s FY2017 consolidated forecast (fiscal period ending March 31, 2018) which was disclosed on February 7, 2018. Tsubaki also intends to disclose the financial impact on its FY2018 consolidated forecast at an appropriate time in accordance with the Timely Disclosure Rules of the Tokyo Stock Exchange once the details have been determined.

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