Newell Rubbermaid and Jarden Corporation on December 14, 2015 announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement to combine the two companies. The transaction creates a $16 billion consumer goods company to be named Newell Brands, with a portfolio of leading brands in large unconsolidated categories, including Paper Mate®, Sharpie®, EXPO®, Parker®, Elmer’s®, Calphalon®, Rubbermaid®, Graco®, Baby Jogger®, Aprica®, Goody®, Irwin®, Lenox®, Rubbermaid Commercial Products®, Coleman®, First Alert®, FoodSaver®, Jostens®, K2®, NUK®, Oster®, Rawlings®, Sunbeam® and Yankee Candle®. The
“The combination of these two great companies creates a $16 billion consumer goods company with incredible potential to grow and create value,” said Michael B. Polk, Newell Rubbermaid President and Chief Executive Officer. “The scale of our combined businesses in key categories, channels and geographies creates a much broader canvas on which to leverage our advantaged set of brand development and commercial capabilities for accelerated growth and margin expansion. I have long respected the value creation track record and entrepreneurial vision of Jarden’s founder, Martin E. Franklin, co-founder Ian G.H. Ashken, and their team led by Chief Executive Officer James E. Lillie. I want to congratulate Jim on his strong leadership of Jarden over the last twelve years and his work positioning the business for the opportunity ahead, and I look forward to working with Martin and Ian as we drive the new Newell Brands towards its aspiration of becoming one of the preeminent consumer goods companies in the world.”
Martin E. Franklin, Executive Chairman and Founder of Jarden, said, “I am delighted that we are to play a part in bringing together these two winning companies. The combination offers significant value for our shareholders and the opportunity to participate in the combined company’s long-term value creation potential as shareholders in Newell Brands. I’m extremely proud of Jarden’s success over the past 14 years, which has been driven by an extraordinary culture designed to perform at a high level. We have spent significant time with Newell Rubbermaid’s senior management team and are convinced they have a similar ambition and drive. I’m excited by the opportunities for this new combined organization and I look forward to being part of this dynamic new chapter.”
James E. Lillie, Chief Executive Officer of Jarden, added, “This combination is focused on driving shareholder value and accelerating the growth and profitability of both businesses. Together, the business can move faster, globally leveraging the expertise and ability of the dedicated and talented employee base. The combined scale of both businesses will create opportunities for shareholders, customers and employees as the two businesses are very complementary in vision and in their ability to execute. I unequivocally support Mike and the combined teams in executing against the opportunity before us.”
Under the terms of the agreement, Jarden shareholders will receive, for each Jarden share, $21 in cash and 0.862 shares of Newell Rubbermaid stock at closing. Based on Newell Rubbermaid’s closing share price as of December 11, 2015, the implied total consideration would be $60 per share, which represents a 24 percent premium to Jarden’s 30-day volume weighted average share price as of December 11, 2015.
The transaction will be funded by cash on hand, debt and equity issued to Jarden shareholders; convertible bondholders will be entitled to convert in exchange for the merger consideration in conjunction with the transaction. Newell Rubbermaid has obtained a committed bridge facility, which it expects to replace with permanent financing prior to closing. Newell Brands intends to maintain its investment grade credit rating by using strong cash flow from the combined company to prioritize debt reduction in the short term towards a target leverage ratio of 3.0 to 3.5 times. Newell Brands expects to achieve the target ratio within two to three years, while simultaneously maintaining or increasing its dividend per share.
Newell Rubbermaid anticipates incremental annualized cost synergies of approximately $500 million over four years, driven by efficiencies of scale and new efficiencies in procurement, cost to serve and infrastructure that the combination unlocks. The company’s intent is to design a benchmarked, efficient set of structures that support long term business development. The transaction is projected to be immediately accretive with strong double-digit normalized earnings per share accretion post synergy realization.
The acquisition is subject to approval by shareholders of both Newell Rubbermaid and Jarden Corporation, receipt of regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions. The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2016.
Management and Governance
Upon the closing of the transaction, Newell Brands will be led by Michael B. Polk as Chief Executive Officer.
The Newell Brands Board of Directors will be expanded to include three representatives of the Jarden Board, including Martin E. Franklin, Founder and Executive Chairman of Jarden and Ian G. H. Ashken, Co-Founder, Vice Chairman and President of Jarden. The new thirteen member Newell Brands Board will be chaired by current Newell Rubbermaid non-executive Chairman Michael Cowhig.
Mark Tarchetti, currently Chief Development Officer, Newell Rubbermaid, will become the President of Newell Brands upon completion of the transaction, with an initial focus leading the integration of the companies, including synergy delivery, portfolio strategy and long-term business development plans such as accelerated market deployment of the brands at home and internationally. He will also be responsible for the creation of a number of enterprise-wide capabilities, including Design, Innovation, Insights, eCommerce, and Direct-to-Consumer commerce.
Bill Burke, currently Chief Operating Officer, Newell Rubbermaid, will lead the legacy Jarden business upon completion of the transaction, working closely with Richard Sansone, Jarden’s Executive Vice President of Operations and the senior leadership teams across the Jarden businesses to deliver the current business plans while working with Mark Tarchetti to insure the seamless transition of Jarden into Newell Brands.
“Given the magnitude of the opportunity ahead, I’m delighted that Bill and Mark will continue their partnership working with Rich and the great talent that Jarden brings to the combination. This is an important time, and the process of learning more about the brands, the people and the opportunities represented by the combined business is critical to realization of the full potential of the transformation,” said Polk.
As previously announced, Joe Arcuri will assume the role of Chief Commercial Officer, Newell Rubbermaid and Richard Davies will become Chief Development Officer, Newell Rubbermaid, both effective January 1, 2016. These leaders will ensure the development and full delivery of the existing Newell Rubbermaid business plan.
Additional executive roles will be announced at the completion of the proposed transaction.