RPM Acquires Canadian Pipeline Coatings Company

MEDINA, Ohio, Sept. 12, 2016 /CNW/ -- RPM International Inc. (NYSE: RPM) today announced that it has acquired Specialty Polymer Coatings, Inc. (SPC), a Canadian manufacturer of high-performance coatings for the global oil and gas pipeline market with annual net sales of approximately $26 million. It will operate as a free-standing business within the RPM Performance Coatings Group and report through the Carboline Company. Terms of the transaction, which is expected to be accretive to earnings within one year, were not disclosed.

The SPC product line is comprised predominantly of 100-percent solids epoxy and urethane coatings that contain no volatile organic compounds. They are specified and sold for the maintenance and construction of steel pipes, railway cars, tank linings, steel structures and marine applications. Headquartered near Vancouver, in Langley, British Columbia, SPC also has a manufacturing facility in Brantford, Ontario, and an office and warehouse in Angleton, Texas.

"We already have a strong position in the U.S. oil and gas energy market through our Carboline business. The acquisition of SPC complements that position by providing a proven, tenured technology with strong brand recognition for the pipeline industry. We intend to accelerate SPC's growth by leveraging Carboline's large global sales force," stated Frank C. Sullivan, RPM chairman and CEO. "In keeping with our reputation as the best home for entrepreneurial businesses in our industry, several members of the current senior leadership under the founder, Bob Alliston, will continue to manage the business as part of RPM."

About RPM
RPM International Inc. owns subsidiaries that are world leaders in specialty coatings, sealants, building materials and related services across three segments. RPM's industrial products include roofing systems, sealants, corrosion control coatings, flooring coatings and other construction chemicals. Industrial companies include Stonhard, Tremco, illbruck, Carboline, Flowcrete, RPM Belgium, and Euclid Chemical. RPM's consumer products are used by professionals and do-it-yourselfers for home maintenance and improvement and by hobbyists. Consumer brands include Rust-Oleum, DAP, Zinsser, Varathane and Testors. RPM's specialty products include industrial cleaners, colorants, exterior finishes, specialty OEM coatings, edible coatings, restoration services equipment and specialty glazes for the pharmaceutical and food industries. Specialty segment companies include Day-Glo, Dryvit, RPM Wood Finishes, Mantrose-Haeuser, Legend Brands, Kop-Coat, and TCI. Additional details can be found at www.rpminc.com and by following RPM on Twitter at www.twitter.com/RPMintl.

For more information, contact Barry M. Slifstein, vice president – investor relations, at 330-273-5090 or bslifstein@rpminc.com.

This press release contains "forward-looking statements" relating to our business. These forward-looking statements, or other statements made by us, are made based on our expectations and beliefs concerning future events impacting us, and are subject to uncertainties and factors (including those specified below) which are difficult to predict and, in many instances, are beyond our control. As a result, our actual results could differ materially from those expressed in or implied by any such forward-looking statements. These uncertainties and factors include (a) global markets and general economic conditions, including uncertainties surrounding the volatility in financial markets, the availability of capital and the effect of changes in interest rates, and the viability of banks and other financial institutions; (b) the prices, supply and capacity of raw materials, including assorted pigments, resins, solvents and other natural gas- and oil-based materials; packaging, including plastic containers; and transportation services, including fuel surcharges; (c) continued growth in demand for our products; (d) legal, environmental and litigation risks inherent in our construction and chemicals businesses and risks related to the adequacy of our insurance coverage for such matters; (e) the effect of changes in interest rates; (f) the effect of fluctuations in currency exchange rates upon our foreign operations; (g) the effect of non-currency risks of investing in and conducting operations in foreign countries, including those relating to domestic and international political, social, economic and regulatory factors; (h) risks and uncertainties associated with our ongoing acquisition and divestiture activities; (i) risks related to the adequacy of our contingent liability reserves; and (j) other risks detailed in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the risk factors set forth in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended May 31, 2016, as the same may be updated from time to time. We do not undertake any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements to reflect future events, information or circumstances that arise after the date of this release.

SOURCE RPM International Inc.

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