EFI Acquires Cretaprint
The company expects the transaction to be accretive to 2012 earnings and immaterial to first quarter 2012 earnings.
EFI, Foster City, CA, recently announced that it has acquired privately held Cretaprint S.L., for approximately $31 million and an earn-out of up to $21 million based on growth targets for 2012 and 2013. Cretaprint, with headquarters in Castellón, Spain, is a developer and supplier of inkjet printers for ceramic tiles.
The company expects the transaction to be accretive to 2012 earnings and immaterial to first quarter 2012 earnings. Cretaprint is expected to contribute approximately 5 to 7% to EFI's 2012 revenue.
"As evidenced by our record revenues, we are benefitting from strong traction in our industrial inkjet segment and are excited about expanding into the ceramic tile market, which represents a tremendous growth opportunity for EFI," says Guy Gecht, CEO of EFI. "We have been tracking the swift transformation from analog to digital technology in tile imaging for quite some time, and have been deeply impressed with the fast growth and global leadership position of Cretaprint."
Industry analysts continue to project rapid growth in ceramic tile inkjet printing, as noted by Ray Work, Ph.D., Work Associates. "The tile industry is moving towards inkjet," he said.