Blount International has acquired Woods Equipment Company

Lincoln International, a leading global mid-market investment bank, has announced that Woods Equipment Company (“Woods”) has been acquired by Blount International, Inc. (NYSE: BLT) (“Blount”). Woods, a manufacturer and marketer of equipment and replacement parts for the agriculture, grounds maintenance, and construction markets, was a portfolio company of Genstar Capital, LLC, a private equity firm based in San Francisco, California. Lincoln International served as financial advisor to Blount. The purchase price was approximately $185 million.

As the exclusive financial advisor to Blount, Lincoln International assisted the senior management team throughout the acquisition process, providing advisory expertise and assisting in the negotiation and due diligence phases of the transaction. The Woods acquisition represents another successful agricultural and construction equipment transaction completed by Lincoln International’s Global Industrials Group. “Lincoln’s experience with niche equipment manufacturers, deep knowledge of the agricultural and construction equipment industry, and process advice and guidance were extremely valuable and were a key factor in the successful outcome for Blount,” said David Willmott, Blount’s President and Chief Operating Officer.

Founded in 1946, Woods is a manufacturer and marketer of equipment and replacement parts for the agriculture, grounds maintenance, and construction markets, primarily in North America, with approximately $160 million in sales for the twelve months ended July 31, 2011. Woods manufactures, markets, and distributes agriculture and construction attachments and related replacement parts in its Attachment business unit, and it markets and distributes one of the largest selections of replacement parts for tractors and implements through its Aftermarket Parts business unit. Woods offers its products under the brand names Woods®, Alitec®, Central Fabricators®, Gannon®, Wain-Roy®, WoodsCare™, and TISCO® through a vast distribution network, including over 11,000 dealers nationwide, original equipment manufacturers, nationwide farm stores, an ecommerce portal, and tractor repair shops.

About Blount International, Inc.

Blount is a leader in the design, manufacturing, and marketing of replacement parts and equipment for consumers and professionals in select global end markets, including forestry; lawn and garden; farm, ranch, and agriculture; and concrete cutting and finishing, and is the market leader in manufacturing saw chain and guide bars for chain saws. Blount sells its products in more than 100 countries around the world. For more information about Blount, please visit

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