3M buying Capital Safety from KKR for $1.8B

Transaction includes approximately $700 million in debt; expected to close in Q3.

June 24, 2015
by The Canadian Press

ST. PAUL, Minn. — 3M is buying safety equipment maker Capital Safety from KKR for about $1.8 billion as demand for protective gear grows.

The transaction also includes approximately $700 million in debt.

3M Co., which makes Post-it notes and other products, said increasing demand for worker safety in developing countries is driving sales of equipment.

Capital Safety’s equipment is sold under brands including DBI-SALA and PROTECTA.

The deal is expected to close in the third quarter.

3M is based in St. Paul, Minnesota. Capital Safety is based just outside of Minneapolis, in Bloomington.

© 2015 The Canadian Press

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