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RPM Acquires Dudick

June 28, 2021


RPM Acquires Dudick, Fortifies Performance Coatings Group

Contributor Zacks Equity Research Zacks Published Jun 8, 2021 10:35AM EDT

RPM International Inc.’s RPM subsidiary — Carboline — has acquired Dudick Inc., a high-performance coating, flooring systems and tank linings provider. However, the terms of the transaction have been kept under wraps.

This buyout of Dudick will enable Carboline to fortify its position in the secondary containment linings market with a well-recognized product. This deal will also expand its footprint worldwide.

Dudick, with annual revenues of $10 million, makes high-performance linings and secondary containment coatings. It provides solutions for corrosion resistance and chemical containment systems across a wide range of applications comprising food processing, steel production, chemical processing, pulp and paper, electronics, power as well as biological research labs.

Frank C. Sullivan, RPM chairman and CEO said, “Dudick will be a natural fit in our Performance Coatings Group, bringing with them a strong reputation for high-quality products and excellent service built under the leadership of Tom Dudick.”

Acquisitions to Drive Growth

Acquisitions have been an important part of RPM’s growth strategy.  The company increased cash usage for investment activities by $53.8 million to $217.9 million in third-quarter fiscal 2021 from $164.1 million in the prior-year period. This upside was largely attributable to the significant acquisitions made by RPM during the first nine months of fiscal 2021. Notably, the company completed two acquisitions in March, shifting its focus on driving the top line.

The company made three buyouts in fiscal 2020, five in fiscal 2019 and seven in fiscal 2018. Acquisitions added 1.1% to net sales in fiscal 2020 and 1.4% in fiscal 2019. For the first nine months of fiscal 2021, acquisitions contributed 1.6% to sales.