Masco Corporation Announces Signing of Definitive Agreement to Sell Masco Cabinetry
November 15, 2019
LIVONIA, Mich. (November 15, 2019) - Masco Corporation (NYSE: MAS), one of the world’s leading manufacturers of branded home improvement and building products, has entered into a definitive agreement to sell Masco Cabinetry to ACProducts, Inc., a manufacturer of cabinetry products owned by American Industrial Partners, for $1.0 billion, consisting of $850 million in cash at closing and preferred stock issued by a holding company of the buyer with a liquidation preference of $150 million. The preferred stock will have a coupon of 8 percent, increasing to 10 percent in the third year.
The agreement contains customary representations, warranties, and covenants. The closing of the sale is expected to occur during the first quarter of 2020, subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory review.
Masco Cabinetry will be accounted for as discontinued operations for the fourth quarter and full year 2019. With this change, our normalized annual tax rate is now expected to be 26% compared to our previously expected rate of 25%, and our anticipated earnings per share from continuing operations for the full year is expected to be $2.12 to $2.16 per share on a reported basis, and $2.19 to $2.23 per share on an adjusted basis. See Exhibit A for GAAP reconciliations.
Headquartered in Livonia, Mich., Masco Corporation is a global leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of branded home improvement and building products. Our portfolio of industry-leading brands includes Behr® paint; Delta® and Hansgrohe® faucets, bath and shower fixtures; KraftMaid® and Merillat® cabinets; Kichler® decorative and outdoor lighting; and HotSpring® spas. We leverage our powerful brands across product categories, sales channels and geographies to create value for our customers and shareholders. For more information about Masco Corporation, visit www.masco.com.
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Our future performance may be affected by the levels of residential repair and remodel activity and new home construction, our ability to maintain our strong brands and reputation and to develop new products, our ability to maintain our competitive position in our industries, our reliance on key customers, the cost and availability of raw materials and increasing tariffs, our dependence on third-party suppliers, risks associated with international operations and global strategies, our ability to achieve the anticipated benefits of our strategic initiatives, including the potential divestiture of our Cabinetry business, our ability to successfully execute our acquisition strategy and integrate businesses that we have and may acquire, our ability to attract, develop and retain talented personnel, risks associated with our reliance on information systems and technology, and our ability to achieve the anticipated benefits from our investments in new technology. These and other factors are discussed in detail in Item 1A, “Risk Factors” in our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K, as well as in our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and in other filings we make with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Any forward-looking statement made by us speaks only as of the date on which it was made. Factors or events that could cause our actual results to differ may emerge from time to time, and it is not possible for us to predict all of them. Unless required by law, we undertake no obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statements as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
Vice President, Treasurer and Investor Relations