Crane Company announces acquisition of Vian Enterprises

Crane Company announced that it has acquired Vian Enterprises for approximately $103 million on a cash free and debt free basis.

Founded in 1968, Vian is a global designer and manufacturer of multi-stage lubrication pumps and lubrication system components technology for critical aerospace and defense applications with sole-sourced and proprietary content on the highest volume commercial and military aircraft platforms. Through August 2023, we estimate that Vian had trailing 12-month sales of approximately $33 million and adjusted EBITDA of approximately $8 million, with an order backlog exceeding $100 million. Crane financed the acquisition primarily with proceeds from its revolving credit facility.

Crane’s President and CEO, Max Mitchell, said: “We are very excited to announce this transaction. Vian is highly complementary to our Fluid Solution within the Aerospace & Electronics segment, significantly expanding our portfolio of mission critical aerospace flow control products. Vian has strong positions on the most attractive commercial and military aircraft platforms today, and combined with our existing fluid and thermal management capabilities, further strengthens our positioning for future content opportunities on engines, gearboxes and auxiliary power units. We expect that Vian’s margins will be accretive to the Aerospace & Electronics’ segment EBITDA margins immediately, with a long-term sales growth rate in line with the segment’s previously disclosed 7% to 9% long-term CAGR. Vian, along with the other acquisitions that we continue to pursue, meets our clearly defined strict financial and strategic acquisition criteria.”

Mr. Mitchell concluded: “I would like to personally thank Chris and Elizabeth Vian and the Vian family for entrusting Crane as the stewards of this great business moving forward. I also would like to welcome the Vian team to Crane, and to acknowledge the effort and success of all of Vian’s valued employees, who have grown this business into a leading industry supplier of aerospace lubrication solutions and related products. We look forward to working together in the years ahead, investing for further growth and building on the strong legacy and track record of both companies.”