Danfoss to acquire Eaton’s hydraulics business for $3.3 billion

Kim Fausing, president and CEO of Danfoss.

Danfoss has announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire Eaton’s Hydraulics business for a cash purchase price of US$3.3 billion.

The acquisition is in line with Danfoss’ strategy to strengthen its core businesses and enhance customer value.

As well, the acquisition will enable Danfoss to enter the industrial hydraulics market that is served by Eaton Hydraulics.

“Today, we take a significant and transformational step in creating a global leader in mobile and industrial hydraulics. It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to combine our largely complementary portfolios and geographic footprints,” said Kim Fausing, president and CEO of Danfoss.

“Eaton Hydraulics is a highly respected player in the global industry, recognized for its dedicated people and strong brands. By combining the knowledge and experience of the two businesses, our customers will benefit from unmatched expertise from a single partner. With this agreement, we continue to invest in our core hydraulics business and digital solutions to stay a strong technology partner.”

The Danfoss and Eaton Hydraulics businesses have many organizational similarities, including company culture R&D and quality.

Both businesses are global with complementary geographic footprints and the combined business creates a broader presence across the world.

Eaton Hydraulics join Danfoss Power Solutions

Eaton Hydraulics provides products in agriculture, construction and industrial market segments. The business will be transferred into the existing Danfoss business segment, Danfoss Power Solutions, adding about 11,000 employees and 2019 sales of US$2.2 billion USD, which will double the hydraulics business.

“We believe Eaton’s Hydraulics business will benefit greatly from being part of a company that has hydraulics at its core,” said Craig Arnold, Eaton chairman and CEO.

“When complete, this deal will bring together two talented teams with deep hydraulics knowledge and expertise. And Eaton’s hydraulics team will be part of a company that is committed to becoming a global leader in mobile and industrial hydraulics. The combined business will also benefit customers and distributors by offering industry-leading technology and a much broader portfolio of hydraulic solutions.”  

Danfoss today has about28,000 employees and 2019 sales of US$7.0 billion. With the Eaton acquisition, Danfoss will increase its size by one-third.

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“Hydraulics is our core, and we have for years strengthened our Power Solutions business through high customer focus, as well as through significant investments in technology leadership. I believe our customers will benefit from combining these two businesses into a full-line hydraulics player dedicated to innovation and with a broad offering of products, robust distribution channels and tremendous geographic reach,” says Eric Alström, president of Danfoss Power Solutions.