LSI Industries to buy EMI Industries for $50 Million cash

CINCINNATI — LSI Industries Inc., a  U.S.-based manufacturer of commercial lighting and display solutions, announced the acquisition of privately held EMI Industries (“EMI”) for an all-cash purchase price of $50 million.

Florida-based EMI is a metal and millwork manufacturer of standard and customized fixtures, displays, and food equipment for the convenience store, grocery, and restaurant industries. EMI is also ranked #204 in FDMC 300. For more than 40 years, EMI has worked closely with customers to develop innovative custom solutions that drive in-store customer traffic, elevate brand identity, and enhance the shopping experience. EMI serves a diverse, well-established customer base ranging in size from regional brands with several hundred site locations to national and international brands operating thousands of sites. EMI designs and manufactures products from five production facilities across the United States.

“LSI continues to build the premier commercial lighting and retail display solutions business in North America,” stated James A. Clark, President and Chief Executive Officer. “The addition of EMI serves to broaden our product and services capabilities within retail fixtures, displays, and food equipment. Consistent with our Fast Forward strategy introduced last year, the acquisition positions us to further capitalize on the ongoing, multi-year investment cycle evident across the grocery, refueling/c-store, and restaurant markets.

“As we bring our complementary products, services, and technologies, there are significant cross-selling opportunities that enable us to be a single-source provider to more customers throughout North America,” continued Clark. “The combination represents a major step forward in our ability to serve a growing portfolio of national retail chains that value our integrated, solutions-based approach, which emphasizes quality, reliability, and deep technical expertise.”

“EMI has established one of the most respected fixture and equipment brands in our industry,” stated Clark. "At LSI, we share EMI’s customer-centric commitment to performance excellence and look forward to leveraging our combined capabilities as we enter the next phase of strategic growth. We are excited to welcome the more than 300 employees and experienced leadership to the LSI team.”

Alan Harvill, President and CEO of EMI Industries, stated, “LSI is an industry leader with a proven record of growth and value creation. We are proud to become the newest part of the LSI team and look forward to unlocking the powerful potential of the combined businesses.”

Clark concluded, “As outlined within our Fast Forward strategic plan, LSI intends to drive net sales growth by more than 60% between fiscal year 2023 and fiscal year 2028, with approximately half of this growth supported by acquisition-related contributions. Looking ahead, we will continue to develop leading positions within growing, high-value market verticals that expand our capabilities and reach while continuing to scale our solutions-based platform as we drive long-term value creation for our shareholders.”


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