“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, Flood, Liquid Nails, Sico and CIL. PPG also will license the following brands: Dulyx, Devoe architectural coatings, and Sikkens 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.