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May 16 (Reuters) - Welding and valves manufacturer Colfax Corp said on Thursday it had agreed to sell its air and gas handling unit to private equity firm KPS Capital Partners in a deal valued at $1.8 billion.
Reuters had reported on Sunday about the potential deal.
The deal, which is expected to close in the second half of this year, includes $1.66 billion in cash and $140 million in debt and minority interest. Colfax had $1.2 billion in debt as of Dec. 31.
"This transaction will position us to achieve our leverage target and pursue strategic bolt-on acquisitions in our Medical Technology and Fabrication Technology segments," Colfax Chief Executive Officer Matt Trerotola said.
Colfax's air and gas handling unit provides heavy-duty centrifugal and axial cooling fans, rotary heat exchangers, gas compressors and ventilation control systems.
Goldman Sachs & Co LLC is the lead financial adviser to Colfax. (Reporting by Ankit Ajmera and Shanti S Nair in Bengaluru; Editing by Shounak Dasgupta)