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H.B. Fuller makes adhesives acquisition

December 22, 2011

Purchase of Forbo reaffirms leading position.

H.B. Fuller Company will purchase the global industrial adhesives business of Forbo Group. This business will generate approximately $580 million in revenue for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2011, operates 17 manufacturing facilities in 10 countries, and employs more than 1,100 people globally. Projected EBITDA for the business for the 2011 fiscal year is $35 million.

The purchase price for the transaction is $394 million on a debt-free and cash-free basis. The consideration will be paid in cash at the time of closing. H.B. Fuller has committed financing from Morgan Stanley Senior Funding, Inc., Citigroup Global Markets Inc. and JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. to support the completion of this transaction.

With this acquisition, H.B. Fuller will gain product technology and add people and skills that will make the company stronger.In addition, there will be sizable opportunities to capitalize on synergies and eliminate duplication in a number of areas, including raw material procurement, manufacturing and redundant services.

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