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ABB Closes Baldor Generator-Set Biz Sale

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ABB Ltd. (ABB) announced the completion of the sale of its Baldor’s generator-set business to Generac Holdings Inc (GNRC) on Nov 1, 2013. Since then, ABB’s stock price has surged 1.07% to $25.48 till the close of trading on Nov 6, 2013. The deal to divest the business was signed on Oct 8, and was projected to be completed by the fourth quarter of 2013. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The decision to divest the generator-set business is a strategic decision by ABB, as this business did not form a part of the company’s core portfolio business. In fiscal 2012, this division contributed only 3% to the total revenue. The generator-set business was part of the acquisition of Baldor Electric by ABB in 2011.  

The divestiture is expected to be a win-win situation for both ABB’s Baldor Electric and Generac. Through the sale of the generator-set division, Baldor Electric will primarily focus on industrial electric motors and mechanical power transmission products, which are in line with ABB’s core portfolio. While for Generac, buying this generator biz will be beneficial as the company is primarily focused on the manufacturing, distributing and selling this type of generator products.

Generac is a leading designer and manufacturer of a wide range of generators and other engine-powered products. The company is one of the leading providers of power equipment serving residential, light commercial, industrial and construction markets.

ABB has completed various acquisitions to gain more focus on its core business, which include automation and power. Now this divestiture further emphasizes the company’s commitment to continuously optimize its portfolio.  

ABB, a global leader in power and automation technologies, currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). Other stocks worth considering at the moment are AO Smith Corp. (AOS) and Rexnord Corp. (RXN). AO Smith carries a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) while Rexnord carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy), while Plug Power carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). 

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