Stanley Black & Decker selling unit for $1.4BThe Associated Press | October 10,2012AP PHOTO
A Black & Decker Workmate bench is displayed at a store in Little Rock, Ark. Toolmaker Stanley Black & Decker Inc. announced Tuesday that it is selling its hardware and home-improvement business to Spectrum Brands Holdings Inc. for $1.4 billion in cash.NEW BRITAIN, Conn. — Tool maker Stanley Black & Decker Inc. is selling its hardware and home-improvement business to Spectrum Brands Holdings Inc. for $1.4 billion in cash.
The hardware and home-improvement unit makes locksets, hardware and faucets for residential use and includes brands such as Pfister, Baldwin and Kwikset.
Spectrum Brands, based in Madison, Wis., said that the acquisition will broaden its product offerings which include the Rayovac, Remington and Toastmaster brands.
Stanley Black & Decker, which is based in New Britain Conn., said the sale is part of its ongoing strategy to diversify its revenue and geographic reach. The hardware and home-improvement unit gets 90 percent of its revenue from North America and more than 50 percent of its revenue from U.S. home-improvement stores.
Both companies’ boards have approved the transaction.
Spectrum Brands shares climbed $4.76, or 11.6 percent, to $45.91 in midday trading. Stanley Black & Decker shares shed $1.35, or 1.8 percent, to $72.88.
Stanley Black & Decker anticipates the transaction will result in $1.3 billion in proceeds after taxes. It plans to use a majority of the proceeds to buy back shares and a smaller portion to reduce debt. The remaining proceeds, along with offshore capital, will be used to pay for its previously announced acquisition of Infastech, a Hong Kong company that makes fasteners.
Stanley Black & Decker says that the deal with Spectrum is not expected to change its financial outlook for 2012.
Spectrum, which is majority owned by Harbinger Group Inc., says the acquisition of the hardware and home-improvement business should add 75 cents to 80 cents per share in fiscal 2013 and add more than $1 per share in fiscal 2014, excluding one-time transaction and integration costs.
The hardware and home-improvement business will operate as a separate unit once the deal closes, which is expected during Spectrum’s first quarter in fiscal 2013.
It will be run by Greg Gluchowski, who currently serves as the unit’s president at Stanley Black & Decker. Gluchowski will report to Spectrum CEO David Lumley.
The deal announced Tuesday also includes certain assets of Taiwan’s Tong Lung Metal Industry Co., which makes residential and commercial locksets. Stanley Black & Decker purchased Tong Lung over for summer for about $100 million. Spectrum’s acquisition of the Tong Lung assets is anticipated to close in the second quarter.MORE IN National / World BusinessNEW YORK — Japan has slipped back into a recession for the second time in two years. Full StoryNEW YORK — The cold is back, and with it, rising heating bills. Full Story
- Most Popular
- Most Emailed
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: On this day in 1863, President Abraham Lincoln delivers short speech in Gettysburg, Pa.; in 1984, a Pemex LNG facility destroyed by series of gas explosions, 600 people are killed; in 1998, Senate builds fire under Bill Clinton.
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: On this day in 1831 – Independent South American super-state, Gran Colombia, dissolved; 1856 - Fort Buchanan built to control Apache warriors; 1970 - William Calley Jr. goes on trial after 1968 massacre at My Lai, Vietnam.
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: Wisconsin Sen. Joe McCarthy takes advantage of Cold War jitters and builds a tidy little fiefdom for himself on Capitol Hill. It's all good, but pride goes before you know darn well what. The junior senator is damaged going down.
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: On this day in 1927, Leon Trotsky is expelled from the Soviet Communist Party, leaving Joseph Stalin in control of the Soviet Union; in 1970, Oregon DOT tries to dynamite a dead whale off a beach with a rather shocking result.
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: In 1972, Southern Airways Flight 49 is hijacked, the crew and passengers held for ransom. The hijackers want $10 million and passage to Cuba. In 2007, in Santiago, Chile, King Juan Carlos of Spain loses patience with Hugo Chavez.
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: On this day in 1492, Ensisheim meteorite falls into Alsatian wheatfield, 1665, first issue of London Gazette, 1874, Thomas Nast cartoon features elephant as GOP symbol, 1907, Jesus Garcia saves town from burning dynamite boxcar.