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Valmont Industries, Inc. Announces Sale of its 49% Stake in Manganese Metal Company

OMAHA, Neb., Feb. 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Valmont Industries, Inc. (NYSE: VMI), a leading global provider of engineered products and services for infrastructure and mechanized irrigation equipment for agriculture, announced today the sale of Bilston Investments Proprietary Limited, a South African holding company acquired as part of the Delta plc acquisition. All the outstanding shares of Bilston were sold to three South African purchasers for a total purchase price of $30 million. Bilston served as a South African holding company for Delta plc and held 49% of the outstanding shares of Manganese Metal Company, a non-consolidated subsidiary.

Bilston contributed $5.1 million after tax to Valmont in 2012. The Company does not expect the profit or loss on the sale to be material, although certain deferred tax benefits approximating $3 million associated with the sale are expected to be recognized in 2013.

Valmont is a global leader in designing and manufacturing poles, towers and structures for lighting and traffic, wireless communication and utility markets, industrial access systems, highway safety barriers and a provider of protective coating services. Valmont also leads the world in mechanized irrigation equipment for agriculture, enhancing food production while conserving and protecting natural water resources. In addition, Valmont produces a wide variety of tubing for commercial and industrial applications.

This release contains forward-looking statements, within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are based on management's current views and estimates and are subject to uncertainty and changes in circumstances. Future economic and market circumstances, industry conditions, Company performance and financial results, operating efficiencies, availability and price of raw materials, availability and market acceptance of new products, product pricing, domestic and international competitive environment, actions and policy changes of domestic and international governments and other risks described from time to time in Valmont's reports to the Securities and Exchange Commission are examples of factors, among others, that could cause results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statement. The Company cautions that any forward-looking statement included in this press release is made as of the date of this press release and the Company does not undertake to update any forward-looking statement.

SOURCE Valmont Industries, Inc.

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