Burckhardt Compression initially purchased a 60% interest in Shenyang Yuanda Compressor, a Chinese compressor manufacturer based in Shenyang, in March 2016 and both companies have collaborated closely in the meantime. To finance the acquisition, Burckhardt Compression plans to issue a bond in the Swiss capital market.
Burckhardt Compression has held a call option to acquire the remaining 40% of Shenyang Yuanda Compressor’s outstanding shares since May 2020. The company plans to exercise this call option in November 2020. In the years since the initial interest in Shenyang Yuanda Compressor was acquired, the company has expanded into more segments of the market, the product portfolio has been broadened to address a wider range of market needs, and Burckhardt Compression has gained direct access to a well-established local supply chain. Compressors manufactured by Shenyang Yuanda Compressor have been available in selected export markets through Burckhardt Compression’s sales and distribution channels since 2019. Shenyang Yuanda Compressor employs approximately 650 people in China and generated sales of CHF100 million in 2019. Burckhardt Compression is planning a maiden bond issue to be listed on the Swiss market to finance the acquisition of the 40% interest in Shenyang Yuanda Compressor.
The new plant in Shenyang will be commissioned as planned at the end of September, despite a six-week standstill earlier in the year due to the outbreak of the coronavirus. It will comprise a production area of 86 000 m2 on a total land area of 153 000 m2 and thus has approximately 60% more production floor space than the two former sites combined. The new plant replaces both sites, which were engulfed by Shenyang’s rapid urban growth and are now located in the middle of the city. The land of the current sites will be handed back to the government. Construction costs for the new plant and the relocation costs will therefore be reimbursed by the Chinese government. The new plant marks an investment in the company’s future business development. Operations at the former two locations are being combined at the new site, where workflows and processes have been aligned with the latest standards and best practices to improve operational efficiency even more.
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