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September 2022

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  • Epic Code:
  • SDI
  • Price:
  • 164p
Since my last update, SDI has acquired LTE, a manufacturer of sterilization, decontamination and  thermal  processing  equipment,  used  in  the  life  science  and  medical  market  sectors.  SDI has paid c.£5.5m for the business, which had sales of £6.4m and  EBIT of c.£0.4m in FY21; excluding a property and cash of £1.3m, which comes as part of the deal, this equates to 6.4x  EV/EBIT.The acquisition has been funded from borrowings (as SDI only held £1.1m net cash at 30 April). The acquisition goes some way towards filling the gap from lower than expected sales from SDI's Atik division this year and Finncap has nudged up its forecast to pretax profit of  £11.9m and eps of 9p for the current year. Tipped at 21p in ...

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