ABB sells Lummus Global to CB&I

Aug. 27, 2007

Zurich, Switzerland, August 27 – ABB has agreed to sell its Lummus Global business to Chicago Bridge & Iron Company (CB&I) for an enterprise value of $950 million. The sale is subject to regulatory approvals and approval by CB&I’s shareholders. Under the terms of the agreement, Netherlands-based CB&I will purchase the entire Lummus Global business. Lummus Global employs about 2,400 people and reported revenues of $988 million in 2006.

“The divestment of Lummus Global is the final milestone in our strategy of focusing on our highly successful core business in power and automation technology,” said Fred Kindle, ABB President and CEO. “At the same time, we are pleased that CB&I is taking over our Lummus Global business. They are an experienced engineering, procurement and construction company and are therefore in a very good position to further develop Lummus Global’s market activities and operations.”

In connection with the divestment of Lummus Global, ABB has discovered certain suspect payments in a number of countries. ABB reported these suspected payments to the U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and is cooperating fully with the authorities, while continuing its internal investigations and compliance reviews. ABB retains liability for potential fines and penalties.

In recent years, the ABB Group has been focusing on its strengths in power and automation technologies. ABB’s successful core automation and power businesses remain committed to the oil and gas sector and will maintain and develop their long-standing relationships with key customers.

Lummus Global is a  provider of proprietary process technologies, project management and engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) management services to the upstream and downstream oil and gas, petrochemical and refining industries worldwide.