ALS strategically expands and strengthens its European and USA Life Sciences presence

25 MAR 2024

ALS Limited (ASX: ALQ) has today announced the acquisitions of Northeast USA based York Analytical Laboratories (York) and Western Europe based Wessling Holding GmbH & Co. KG (Wessling), supporting ALS’ strategic growth agenda in its Life Sciences portfolio, more specifically, the Environmental business. These acquisitions are expected to contribute ~A$195 million in revenues on a full-year basis. The total cost of the acquisitions is approximately A$225 million and will be funded from existing bank debt facilities.
 
The York acquisition will be effective 1 April 2024. The Wessling acquisition, is subject to approval from European authorities which is expected to take 45-60 days, will likely be effective from June 2024. ALS has already well-developed integration plans for employees, clients and stakeholders of both businesses.
 
ALS CEO & Managing Director, Malcolm Deane, commented “These acquisitions demonstrate our ability to execute on transactions within our strategic growth framework, with a focus on expanding both geographic reach and service offerings for existing and new clients. York Analytical will accelerate our expansion into the USA environmental market, particularly in the fast-emerging northeast region where investment in infrastructure and contamination issues, such as PFAS, support the long-term outlook. Wessling provides an immediate pathway and operational footprint into the large German and French environmental and pharmaceutical markets, which will complement our existing reach in Europe.
 
“York and Wessling are expected to deliver project returns in mid double digits over the medium to longer term. Operational improvements, sales growth and efficiencies unlocked within the ALS portfolio will improve underlying margins, trending upwards towards the Life Sciences portfolio average.”
 
York Analytical Laboratories
 
York, which generated revenues of ~A$35M in calendar 2023, is a full-service environmental testing business, located in Northeast USA across 8 locations, specializing in the analysis of water, soil, air and drinking water for regulated contaminants, with an orientation towards Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) testing. York has approximately 200 employees. The acquisition of York supports ALS strategic expansion into the largest global environmental market, providing additional scale and leveraging York’s technical leadership capabilities within the PFAS testing market. York has delivered strong organic growth with a CAGR of more than 20 per cent from 2019 to 2023 and is expected to contribute meaningful growth to ALS’ USA environmental business.
 
Wessling
 
Wessling, which generated revenues of ~A$160M in calendar 2023, provides environmental, food and pharmaceutical testing across 22 locations in Europe. Wessling has ~1,200 employees. The acquisition provides a unique opportunity for ALS to build a sizeable presence in Europe’s largest testing, inspection and certification (TIC) markets, expanding ALS’ geographic reach and service offering into key regions, such as Germany, France and Switzerland, that previously have not been captured by ALS.
 
Wessling is expected to benefit from integration into the ALS operating model, with operational improvements, sales growth and efficiencies to materialise over the short to medium term.
 
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For further information please contact:
Cameron Sinclair
Head of Investor Relations
ALS Limited
+61 412 430 393
 
About ALS Limited
A global leader in testing, ALS provides comprehensive testing solutions to clients in a wide range of industries around the world. Using state-of-the-art technologies and innovative methodologies, our dedicated international teams deliver highest-quality testing services and personalized solutions supported by local expertise. We help our clients leverage the power of data-driven insights for a safer and healthier world.