Hydro’s aluminium rolled products are used in different end markets such as foil packaging, beverage can and printing

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KPS has agreed to acquire Hydro’s aluminium rolling business. (Credit: Norsk Hydro ASA)

KPS Capital Partners has agreed to purchase the global aluminium rolling business from the Norway-based Norsk Hydro ASA (Hydro) for €1.38bn ($1.67bn).

Hydro’s rolling business is engaged in the manufacturing of aluminium rolled products, which are supplied to different end markets such as foil packaging, beverage can and printing.

The aluminium rolled products are also used in the engineering, automotive, building and construction industries.

KPS Capital Partners co-founder and co-managing partner Michael Psaros said: “The size and global scale of the Rolling business, the quality of its assets, coupled with the breadth of its products and technology capabilities, form the foundation of a tremendous investment platform.”

Hydro’s rolling business’ includes seven manufacturing facilities, as well as one research and development (R&D) centre across Germany and Norway. It also manages nine sales offices across the globe.

Its Alunorf location is claimed to be the world’s largest aluminium mill, while the Grevenbroich location is said to be the world’s largest rolled aluminium finishing mill.

With around 5,000 employees mostly in Germany and Norway, Hydro’s rolling business’ manufactures around one million tonnes per annum.

Hydro’s rolling business executive vice president Einar Glomnes said: “We are excited to operate under KPS’ ownership as an independent company. This is a great day for all stakeholders of our Rolling business, especially our customers and employees.

“KPS has a demonstrated track record of creating and building industry-leading companies, and has enjoyed tremendous success investing in the metals and automotive industries.”

Subject to customary closing conditions and approvals, the deal is expected to be completed in the middle of this year.

Perella Weinberg Partners served as an advisor, while Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison acted as legal counsel to KPS Capital Partners and its affiliates. Goldman Sachs served as advisor and Clifford Chance acted as legal counsel to Hydro.