RPM Buys SPS Group, a Decorative and Specialty Coatings Company

  WPCIA Washington December 28, 2016

  RPM International has announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire SPS Group (SPS), a Dutch decorative and specialty coatings company with annual net sales of approximately $60 million. Located about an hour south of Amsterdam in 's-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands, SPS will operate as part of RPM's Rust-Oleum European business. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. It is expected to be accretive to earnings within one year, excluding one-time costs.

  SPS offers a complete line of topcoats for interior and exterior walls, primers, lacquers, floor and roof coatings, metal coatings, wood stains and finishes, plasters and more. Its major customers are large home center chains and builder merchants based in the Netherlands. Its products are used by painters, plasterers, industry and do-it-yourselfers.

  "By leveraging the manufacturing and distribution strengths of SPS, we expect this acquisition to accelerate Rust-Oleum's growth in the Netherlands and other nearby European countries," stated Frank C. Sullivan, RPM chairman and chief executive officer. "It will also allow the existing customer base of SPS to benefit from Rust-Oleum technologies and innovations."