- Agrees to Acquire Summit Industrial in Houston, TX, and Expand Modular Offering -
HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 2, 2024--
Comfort Systems USA, Inc. (NYSE: FIX) (the “Company”) today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Summit Industrial Construction, LLC (“Summit”) headquartered in Houston, Texas. The transaction is currently expected to close in the first quarter of 2024.
Summit is a specialty industrial mechanical contractor offering engineering, design-assist and turnkey, direct hire construction services of modular systems serving the advanced technology, power, and industrial sectors. Summit’s capabilities encompass a wide range of modular and site-based construction, including process piping, equipment setting, large pipe rack trestles, and related steel erection and specialty concrete work. Summit is a trusted supplier to some of the world’s largest advanced technology, power and industrial companies and is currently deployed on several major chip fabrication projects. Initially, Summit is expected to contribute annualized revenues of approximately $360 million to $400 million, and earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization of $30 million to $45 million. In light of the amortization expense, Summit is expected to make a neutral to slightly accretive contribution to earnings per share in 2024 and 2025.
Brian Lane, Comfort Systems USA’s Chief Executive Officer, commented, “We are extremely happy to announce that Summit and its extraordinary team of professionals have agreed to join Comfort Systems USA. Summit is a 100% industrial contractor with the capacity to execute large scale modular programs for its customers, and we are optimistic that this investment will expand and diversify our modular construction offering, which is experiencing significant demand and growth. We believe that Summit will be a key platform to further expand our off-site solutions, especially for advanced technology and heavy industrial customers.”
Jeff Johnson, Chief Executive Officer of Summit, commented, “We chose Comfort Systems USA based on our belief that we can leverage their complementary capabilities and assets to better serve our customers. Summit and Comfort Systems USA have a strong cultural alignment and a shared commitment to team members at all levels. Together we can continue our strategic focus and provide even more value to customers with additional capabilities and resources. We believe that Summit and Comfort Systems USA have a bright future together.”
Brian Lane concluded, “Summit brings extraordinary capabilities and a stellar reputation as a modular technology leader in growing end markets, with multiple ongoing and large semiconductor projects. We are confident in the quality of Summit’s leadership team, and we believe that Summit will continue to innovate and grow as a part of our network of world-class contracting companies. We are truly thrilled that Summit has chosen to become an exciting new part of Comfort Systems USA.”
Comfort Systems USA® is a leading provider of commercial, industrial, and institutional heating, ventilation, air conditioning and electrical contracting services, with 169 locations in 129 cities across the nation. For more information, visit the Company’s website at www.comfortsystemsusa.com.
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Julie Shaeff, Chief Accounting Officer
Source: Comfort Systems USA, Inc.