Pandrol Australia Pty Ltd - completed acquisition of Intercast & Forge Pty Limited

Acquirer(s)

  • Pandrol Australia Pty Ltd

Target(s)

  • Intercast & Forge Pty Limited

Summary

Pandrol, a supplier of rail fastening products, acquired Intercast & Forge (I&F), Australia's largest iron foundry and manufacturer of rail shoulders and baseplates (rail casting products).

Market definition

The ACCC considered the completed acquisition in the context of the market for the manufacture and supply of rail casting products.

The ACCC did not reach a concluded view with respect to the geographical dimension of the market, however considered that the relevant market would likely encompass, at its narrowest, manufacture and supply of rail casting products in the Asia Pacific region.

Competition analysis

The ACCC concluded that the completed acquisition was unlikely to substantially lessen competition in the relevant market.

As the completed acquisition was vertical in nature with no horizontal overlap, the ACCC considered that the completed acquisition would not result in any increase in market concentration in any relevant market.

The ACCC considered that the ability of customers to import rail castings would constrain any attempt by Pandrol to increase the prices of rail castings post-acquisition and limit Pandrol's incentive to implement a foreclosure strategy for its downstream competitors for the supply of rail fastening systems.

Timeline

DateEvent
06/03/2012ACCC commenced review under the Merger Review Process Guidelines.
26/03/2012Closing date for submissions from interested parties.
09/05/2012ACCC announced it would not oppose the completed acquisition.