DSI Underground Australia announces acquisition of Fero Group
Newcastle, Australia: 1 May 2018 – DSI Underground Australia and the owners of Fero Group Pty Ltd (Fero) have entered an agreement under which DSI Underground Australia will acquire 100 per cent of privately owned Fero.
Employing 300 people, DSI Underground Australia is an Australian manufacturing success story. It supplies high quality Australian-made strata reinforcement and ground support products essential to safety and efficiency in the underground mining, infrastructure and construction sectors.
Fero Group is a national steel manufacturing and anti-corrosion service company and a leading provider of products and services to the oil & gas, mining, civil, marine, commercial, industrial and residential industries. The Group has manufacturing operations in Kewdale (WA) and Narangba (QLD).
“The acquisition of Fero will add galvanizing and mesh manufacturing processes into DSI Underground Australia’s manufacturing capability, allowing us to better serve customers, continue to invest in R&D, and increase exports to African and Asian mining services markets,” CEO of DSI Underground Australia, Mr Derek Hird, said.
The owners of Fero, the Franco family of Perth, have agreed to invest part of the sale proceeds into DSI Underground Australia’s parent company, DSI Underground Holdings S.a.r.l. and will become a significant shareholder in DSI Underground’s global mining business.
Michael Reich, Group CEO of DSI Underground International said the aim was to provide customers with a broader range of products, allow for continued R&D investment; and adapt to the digitalization of products and services.
“I am very pleased that the owners of Fero, the Franco family, will become shareholders in DSI Underground and Fero’s Managing Director, Michael Franco, will continue to support DSI Underground at an operational level and as an advisor to the global DSI Underground Board. I look forward to welcoming Michael and the entire Fero team to DSI Underground.”
Fero’s Managing Director, Michael Franco said the Franco family was extremely proud of the entire Fero team and the leading business they have built together.
“We now look forward to working closely with the DSI Underground team to support the continued growth of the combined businesses. Personally, I look forward to becoming part of the DSI Underground global team,” Mr Franco said.
Terms of the acquisition have not been disclosed and the transaction is conditional on regulatory approval.