PITTSBURGH--()--PPG Industries (NYSE: PPG) today announced that it has reached a definitive agreement to acquire the North American architectural coatings business of AkzoNobel, N.V., Amsterdam, in a deal valued at $1.05 billion. The transaction has been approved by the boards of directors of both companies and is expected to close in early second quarter 2013, subject to regulatory approvals.
“It is also an attractive way to significantly increase our scale in the North American architectural paint market, which we anticipate will benefit from a prolonged construction market recovery.”
“This acquisition continues the accelerated pace of our business portfolio transformation through further expansion of our coatings businesses,” said Charles E. Bunch, PPG chairman and CEO. “It is also an attractive way to significantly increase our scale in the North American architectural paint market, which we anticipate will benefit from a prolonged construction market recovery.”
Ton Büchner, CEO of AkzoNobel, said, “Over the past four years, the team has done a great job in turning the North American Decorative Paints business around. I am pleased that we have found a respected company to take over the business. This agreement is a good outcome for all stakeholders.”
Bunch said the acquired business had 2011 revenues of about $1.5 billion and “notably expands our customer reach in all three major North American architectural paint distribution channels.” The acquisition includes the addition of about 600 AkzoNobel-owned paint stores creating a combined network of about 1,000 company-owned stores serving the North American market. “It also complements PPG's national home center strategy by extending our branded paint product offerings to more than 8,000 retail outlets,” he added, referencing AkzoNobel- and PPG-branded retail paint products, “and finally, it enhances our already strong presence in the independent paint dealer channel.”
The acquisition includes all AkzoNobel North American architectural coatings manufacturing and distribution facilities, paint stores, product lines and employees related to the production, sale and distribution of architectural coatings in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean.
Leading brands included are GLIDDEN(R), FLOOD(R), LIQUID NAILS(R), SICO(R) and CIL(R). PPG also will license the following brands: DULUX(R), DEVOE(R) architectural coatings, and SIKKENS(R) architectural wood products.
“We expect to achieve significantly improved net operating earnings of about $160 million for the acquired business over a three-year period, including a $60 million improvement immediately upon closing and a total of $90 million by the end of the first year,” Bunch added.
The $60 million improvement anticipated upon closing includes costs that will not be incurred by PPG relating to defined benefit pension expense, amortization expense relating to prior AkzoNobel acquisitions and various administrative costs that will not transfer to PPG. The expected incremental savings of $30 million by the end of the first year and an additional $70 million by the end of the third year following the acquisition include cost synergies stemming from overlap in administration, distribution and manufacturing, the company said.
“Additionally, and in recognition of our strong cash position, we plan to reinitiate our share repurchase program immediately following the completion of the separation of our commodity chemicals business, which we expect to occur in early 2013,” Bunch said. “We anticipate a base level of spending between $500 million and $750 million for share repurchases during 2013.
“The acquisition of the AkzoNobel North American architectural coatings business and planned share repurchases are both consistent with PPG’s long-standing heritage of growing our earnings and returning additional cash to our shareholders. We will still have an elevated level of cash even when considering these two defined uses of cash, and we expect to continue to pursue further earnings-accretive cash deployment actions during 2013,” Bunch concluded.
About AkzoNobel and Its North American Architectural Coatings Business
AkzoNobel is a leading global paints and coatings company and a major producer of specialty chemicals. It supplies industries and consumers worldwide with innovative products and is passionate about developing sustainable answers for its customers. Headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, AkzoNobel is consistently ranked as one of the leaders in the area of sustainability. With operations in more than 80 countries, AkzoNobel’s 55,000 people around the world are committed to excellence and delivering TOMORROW’S ANSWERS TODAY(TM).
The company’s North American architectural coatings business is currently reported in the AkzoNobel parent company’s Decorative Paints segment. It currently operates more than 300 company stores in the United States, approximately 240 in Canada and about 50 in the Caribbean. In addition to its strong U.S. architectural coatings position, AkzoNobel is the leading architectural coatings company in Canada and one of the leaders in the Caribbean. The business employs about 5,000 people and has a number of manufacturing locations across the U.S. and Canada.
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PPG Industries' vision is to continue to be the world’s leading coatings and specialty products company. Through leadership in innovation, sustainability and color, PPG helps customers in industrial, transportation, consumer products, and construction markets and aftermarkets to enhance more surfaces in more ways than does any other company. Founded in 1883, PPG has global headquarters in Pittsburgh and operates in more than 60 countries around the world. Sales in 2011 were $14.9 billion. PPG shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol:PPG). For more information, visit www.ppg.com.
Conference Call and Webcast Details
PPG will provide a presentation regarding the acquisition via conference call today, Dec. 14, at 9 a.m. ET. The conference call dial-in numbers are: in the United States, 866-362-4832; international, 617-597-5364; passcode 53850910. The conference call also will be available in listen-only mode via Internet broadcast from the Investor Center of PPG’s website at www.ppg.com/corporate/investorcenter. A telephone replay will be available today, Dec. 14, beginning at approximately 11 a.m. ET, through Friday, Dec. 28, at 11:59 p.m. ET. The dial-in numbers for the replay are: in the United States, 888-286-8010; international, 617-801-6888; passcode 38999670. A web replay also will be available on PPG’s Investor Center.
Additional Information for Journalists
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