KAI Kadant

Filed: 17 Jun 21, 8:34am

Washington, DC 20549



Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the
Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of report (Date of earliest event reported): June 17, 2021

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

Commission file number 001-11406
(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation or organization)(I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)
One Technology Park Drive
Westford, Massachusetts 01886
(Address of principal executive offices, including zip code)
(978) 776-2000
(Registrant's telephone number, including area code)

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Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934:
Title of each classTrading Symbol(s)Name of each exchange on which registered
Common Stock, $.01 par valueKAINew York Stock Exchange

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Item 7.01 Regulation FD Disclosure.

On June 16, 2021, Kadant Germany Holding GmbH, a subsidiary of Kadant Inc. (“Kadant” or the “Company”), entered into a Framework Agreement and various ancillary agreements for the purchase of all partnership interests and shares in The Clouth Group of Companies (“Clouth”) for approximately 78 million Euros in cash, subject to certain customary adjustments (the “Acquisition”). Clouth is a leading manufacturer of doctor blades and related equipment used in the production of paper, packaging, and tissue and will become part of Kadant’s Flow Control reporting segment upon the closing, which is expected to occur in the third quarter of 2021. A copy of the press release issued by the Company in connection with the Acquisition is furnished with this Current Report on Form 8-K and attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1.

On June 17, 2021 the Company will hold a webcast and conference call to discuss the transaction described above at 1:00 p.m. eastern time. A copy of an investor presentation with an overview of the Acquisition that will be presented on the webcast and discussed in the conference call is furnished as Exhibit 99.2 to this Current Report on Form 8-K and is posted in the “Investors” section of the Company’s website at

The information contained in this Item 7.01 (including Exhibits 99.1 and 99.2) shall not be deemed “filed” for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “Exchange Act”) or otherwise subject to the liabilities of that section, nor shall it be deemed incorporated by reference in any filing under the Securities Act of 1933 or the Exchange Act, except as expressly set forth by specific reference in such a filing.

Safe Harbor Statement

The following constitutes a “Safe Harbor” statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve a number of risks and uncertainties, including forward-looking statements about the financial and operating performance of Clouth, the benefits of the Acquisition, the probable timing of the completion of the Acquisition, and the expected future business and financial performance of Clouth following the transaction. These forward-looking statements represent our expectations as of the date of this press release. Kadant undertakes no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise. These forward-looking statements are subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties that may cause our actual results to differ materially from these forward-looking statements as a result of various important factors, including those set forth under the heading "Risk Factors" in Kadant’s annual report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 2, 2021 and subsequent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. These include risks and uncertainties relating to the ability to consummate the Acquisition; Kadant’s ability to successfully integrate Clouth and its operations and employees and realize anticipated benefits from the transaction; unanticipated disruptions to the business, general and regional economic conditions, and the future performance of Clouth; potential adverse reactions or changes to business or employee relationships, including those resulting from the announcement or completion of the Acquisition; uncertainties as to the timing of the Acquisition; competitive and/or investor responses to the Acquisition; uncertainty of the expected financial performance of the combined operations following completion of the Acquisition; the ability to realize anticipated synergies and cost savings; unexpected costs, charges or expenses resulting from the Acquisition; the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our operating and financial results; adverse changes in global and local economic conditions; the variability and difficulty in accurately predicting revenues from large capital equipment and systems projects; health epidemics; our acquisition strategy; levels of residential construction activity; reductions by our wood processing customers of their capital spending or production of oriented strand board; changes to the global timber supply; development and use of digital media; cyclical economic conditions affecting the global mining industry; demand for coal, including economic and environmental risks associated with coal; failure of our information systems or breaches of data security and cybertheft; implementation of our internal growth strategy; price increases or shortages of raw materials; competition; changes in our tax provision or exposure to additional tax liabilities; our ability to successfully manage our manufacturing operations; disruption in production; future restructurings; loss of key personnel and effective succession planning; protection of intellectual property; climate change; adequacy of our insurance coverage; global operations; policies of the Chinese government; the variability and uncertainties in sales of capital equipment in China; currency fluctuations; economic conditions and regulatory changes caused by the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union; changes to government regulations and policies around the world; compliance with government regulations and policies and compliance with laws; environmental laws and regulations; environmental, health and safety laws and regulations impacting the mining industry; our debt obligations; restrictions in our credit agreement and note purchase agreement; substitution of an alternative index for LIBOR; soundness of financial institutions; fluctuations in our share price; and anti-takeover provisions.



Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.

(d) Exhibits
The following exhibits relating to Item 7.01 shall be deemed to be furnished and not filed.
No.Description of Exhibits
104Cover Page Interactive Data File (embedded within the Inline XBRL document).


Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
Date: June 17, 2021By/s/ Michael J. McKenney
Michael J. McKenney
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer