Cornerstone Building Brands to Go Private in $5.8 Billion DealMarch 8th, 2022 by Editor
Cornerstone Building Brands, a manufacturer of exterior building products, has announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by affiliates of Clayton, Dubilier & Rice (CD&R) in an all-cash transaction with an enterprise value of approximately $5.8 billion, including the assumption of debt. The transaction will result in the Cornerstone Building Brands becoming a private company.
CD&R is currently the beneficial owner of approximately 49% of the Company’s outstanding shares of common stock. The proposed transaction offers Cornerstone Building Brands’ shareholders $24.65 in cash per share, representing an approximately 16% premium to the closing price of the Company’s common stock as of March 4, 2022.
The proposed transaction has been approved by a special committee of independent directors of Cornerstone’s Board of Directors, previously formed to evaluate and consider any potential or actual proposal from CD&R.
“We are pleased to have reached this agreement with CD&R, which delivers a significant and immediate cash premium to our shareholders,” said George L. Ball, Special Committee chair. “The Special Committee thoroughly reviewed CD&R’s proposal, considering the benefits of the transaction against other strategic alternatives available to the Company, including continuing as a publicly-traded company. Following this review, the Board determined this transaction is the best path forward for Cornerstone Building Brands and its shareholders. This transaction reflects the significant value of our business and leadership position in the building products industry.”
The Board of Directors approved the proposed transaction on the recommendation of the Special Committee.
“We believe this transaction provides substantial value for our shareholders while also accelerating Cornerstone Building Brands’ aspiration to become a premier exterior building solutions company,” said Rose Lee, president and CEO of Cornerstone Building Brands. “We have grown our business and portfolio since 2018 when the Company was created, delivering high-quality exterior building products with a strong focus on being a partner of choice for our customers. CD&R will continue to be an outstanding partner as we advance our operational improvements and innovation-driven growth to create many positive outcomes for our customers and employees.”
“As a supportive long-term investor over a number of years, we have seen firsthand the significant value that Cornerstone Building Brands brings to its customers and communities across North America. The company has an outstanding team and portfolio of products well-positioned to meet the needs of today’s evolving market. We are confident that as a privately held company, with CD&R’s operational and strategic support, Cornerstone Building Brands will be even better positioned in its next phase of growth,” said J.L. Zrebiec, partner at CD&R.
The proposed transaction is expected to close in the second or third quarter of 2022, subject to customary closing conditions, including receipt of regulatory approvals. The transaction is subject to approval by holders of a majority of the shares not owned by CD&R and its affiliates.