PITTSBURGH, PA -- Limbach Holdings, Inc., a leading national Design/Build mechanical, electrical and plumbing contractor and services firm with headquarters in Pittsburgh, announced on Sept. 20 it had entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Dunbar Mechanical, Inc. from its stockholders for an enterprise value of approximately $20.2 million.
In CONTRACTOR Magazine's 2018 Book of Giants, Limbach ranked at #10, and Dunbar Mechanical ranked at #74.
Dunbar is a privately-owned provider of mechanical construction services in Toledo, Ohio and the surrounding region. Dunbar supports the maintenance and growth capital project needs of regional industrial customers, and also provides new construction and renovation services for customers in the education, healthcare and general institutional markets. Dunbar’s strong local and regional relationships with facility owners drive significant owner-direct small project and special project work, in addition to Dunbar’s large project capabilities. Limbach and Dunbar have side-by-side experience working together since 2016, most notably on one of the largest healthcare projects ever built in the Toledo area
The acquisition of Dunbar reinforces Limbach’s position as a dominant mechanical services firm in the Ohio market, and provides a substantial industrial resume from which Limbach intends to further develop its industrial capabilities nationwide. Limbach will further support Dunbar’s growth by leveraging its robust corporate platform, including the design and engineering capabilities of LEDS, Limbach Engineering & Design Services.
On an annualized basis, Dunbar is expected to contribute revenue of approximately $75 million initially. In addition to Dunbar’s owner-direct work, which constitutes a significant portion of its annual revenue with margins similar to Limbach’s service segment, the company maintains a mechanical service division with a significant maintenance base and revenue from associated pull-through and spot repair work.
Subject to the terms and conditions of the purchase agreement, Limbach has agreed to acquire Dunbar for a purchase price of $20.2 million, comprised of $4.0 million of LMB common stock, which is approximately 402,000 shares and a $3.6 million subordinated seller note with a two-year maturity and $12.6 million in cash, subject to adjustment as set forth in the purchase agreement. The cash portion of the consideration is expected to be funded through new term loan borrowings under the Company’s existing senior credit facility.
“We are excited to announce our acquisition of Dunbar,” said Charlie Bacon, President and CEO of Limbach. “As we have reported previously, our focus has been heavily-weighted toward companies we know well. Dunbar is one such example as we have successfully partnered with it for the past two years and believe the corporate culture there will facilitate a seamless transition. In addition to knowing the business over this period of time, the acquisition of Dunbar’s resume of industrial projects brings us a much stronger presence in the expanding industrial and manufacturing sector, a sector which is experiencing significant growth driven by a favorable energy environment and tax environment following the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act legislation in December of 2017.”
Mr. Bacon continued, “Dunbar is a family business with a sterling reputation. Among the many aspects of the acquisition that excite me, I am very pleased to note that Erik Dunbar, a third-generation Dunbar family member, will stay with us to run the business unit along with his team of excellent, long-tenured executives and a terrific group of staff members that have made the Dunbar business successful. We look forward to welcoming the new members of our Limbach family.”
The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including a condition that Limbach secures the requisite debt financing, and is expected to close within 60 days of the announcement on Sept. 20.