30 September 2021
Stock Exchange Release
Hexagon Purus ASA (“Hexagon Purus”), a global leader in zero emission mobility solutions, has entered into an agreement to acquire 100% of Wystrach GmbH (“Wystrach”), a leading European systems and solutions provider for storage and transport of compressed gases (the “Transaction”). The combination brings unprecedented expertise and capacity together to create the vertically integrated industry leader in hydrogen storage solutions.
Key terms of the Transaction
Strong strategic rationale and industrial fit
The Transaction represents a step-change for Hexagon Purus and reinforces its position as a global leader in zero emission mobility solutions. Wystrach will bring significant systems assembly capacity and knowhow and complement the capabilities of Hexagon Purus, improving control of the value chain and accelerating time to market. Combining two industry frontrunners will increase scale, organizational bandwidth and execution capabilities and put Hexagon Purus in pole position to capitalize on the strong market growth expected for hydrogen storage solutions.
Hexagon Purus and Wystrach have been partners since 2008, delivering high performance hydrogen storage solutions to the market for use in applications ranging from transportation to stationary storage and refueling solutions. Strengthening its foothold in systems manufacturing and assembly has been a key pillar in Hexagon Purus’ strategic roadmap and acquiring a long-term partner and established market leader will fast-track the growth plan and sharpen Hexagon Purus’ competitive edge.
“In Hexagon Purus, we believe that progress can’t wait. Together with Wystrach, we share the ambition to lead the industry and contribute to a vision of Clean Air Everywhere. By combining forces, we will have the scale and position to accelerate the transition to hydrogen and in doing so, deliver significant value to customers, shareholders and society going forward,” said Morten Holum, CEO of Hexagon Purus. “The addition of Wystrach supports and accelerates our growth plans in three key respects. It brings highly complementary capabilities, it expands our product portfolio and it adds significant capacity needed to meet industry demand.”
“Today’s market is highly dynamic. It demands strong alliances and brings up new constellations. We have a long history of working with Hexagon Purus and a common understanding of the market and its opportunities. Together we make climate-friendly hydrogen applications a part of everyday life. Hexagon Purus is the right industrial owner to further strengthen Wystrach and the legacy we have built from the ground up,” said Wolfgang Wolter, Co-CEO of Wystrach.
“This combination is a great fit from both a cultural perspective and from a segment expertise and customer perspective. It strengthens our offering and gives us the capacity and additional expertise to support customers in their transition to sustainable energy,” said Michael Kleschinski, EVP Hexagon Purus. “I have great respect for what the team at Wystrach has accomplished under the leadership of Wolfgang Wolter and Jochen Wystrach. I look forward to combining our employees’ skills and industry expertise to become THE provider of turn-key hydrogen solutions in the industry.”
About the market
The global market for hydrogen cylinders and storage systems is expected to grow to USD 7 billion by 2030 and systems design, assembly and metalworking capability are key to addressing this opportunity.
Hydrogen continues to build momentum globally as a key contributor to the energy transition. Over 30 countries have released hydrogen roadmaps; more than USD 70bn in government funding is committed to hydrogen investments; 359 large-scale hydrogen projects have been announced by the industry to date, and green hydrogen is projected to supply up to 25% of the world’s energy needs by 2050.
Live video webcast
Hexagon Purus will host a webcast to present the acquisition on September 30th at 10:30 AM Central European Time (CET). Interested investors/analysts/media can follow the webcast live from www.hexagonpurus.com.
Following the webcast:
Investors/analysts are invited to contact Dilip Warrier/Salman Alam to arrange one-to-one sessions
Media are invited to contact Karen Romer/Ina Jünemann to schedule interviews with Morten Holum, CEO Hexagon Purus or Michael Kleschinski, EVP Hexagon Purus (see contact details below).
Dilip Warrier, CFO, Hexagon Purus Telephone: +1 949-236-5528 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Salman Alam, Vice President Corporate Development, Hexagon Purus Telephone: +47 476 12 713 | email@example.com
Karen Romer, SVP Communications, Hexagon Composites Telephone: +47 950 74 950 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Ina Jünemann, Marketing Communications Manager, Hexagon Purus Telephone: +49 151 58044647 | email@example.com
This information is considered to be inside information pursuant to the EU Market Abuse Regulation. This stock exchange announcement was published by David Bandele, CFO at Hexagon Composites ASA, on 30 September, 2021 at 07:00 CET.
About Hexagon Purus
Hexagon Purus, a Hexagon Composites company, is a world leading provider of hydrogen type 4 high-pressure cylinders, battery packs and vehicle systems integration for fuel cell electric and battery electric vehicles. Hexagon Purus enables zero emission solutions for light, medium and heavy-duty vehicles, buses, ground storage, distribution, maritime, rail and aerospace. Learn more at www.hexagonpurus.com.
Founded in 1988 in Weeze, Germany, Wystrach is a full-service provider of high-pressure storage and transportation solutions for hydrogen and other gases. Its portfolio includes stationary bundles; containers of all sizes; tank systems for trains, buses, and trucks; and storage solutions, e.g. for power-to-gas applications. The company also offers a mobile hydrogen refueling station, the WyRefueler, in its range of products. In addition to in-house design and production capabilities, Wystrach offers end-to-end service packages for assembly, commissioning, and maintenance, and also provides support on approval matters. Wystrach is based in the Lower Rhine region of Germany and employs around 185 people.
Acquisition of Wystrach GmbH