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Fortune Brands To Acquire LARSON Manufacturing For ~$660M Says Transaction Is Immediately Accretive And Expected To Add Between $0.14 To $0.20 To 2021 Earnings Per Share

Fortune Brands renames Doors & Security segment to Outdoors & Security Company signs agreement to acquire LARSON Manufacturing Transaction creates meaningful value by expanding offerings in premium exterior

· 11/17/2020 09:01
  • Fortune Brands renames Doors & Security segment to Outdoors & Security
  • Company signs agreement to acquire LARSON Manufacturing
  • Transaction creates meaningful value by expanding offerings in premium exterior doors and focusing on growth opportunities in the fast-growing outdoor living market

Fortune Brands Home & Security, Inc. (NYSE:FBHS, the ", Company, ", ", Fortune Brands, ", or ", FBHS", ))))), an industry-leading home and security products company, today announced it has signed an agreement to acquire LARSON Manufacturing ("LARSON"), the North American market leading brand of storm, screen and security doors, for a price, net of tax benefits, of approximately $660 million. LARSON also sells related outdoor living products including retractable screens and porch windows. Fortune Brands today announced it is also renaming its Doors & Security segment to "Outdoors & Security" to better represent the Company's brands within the segment and to further align with the Company's growth strategy for this segment of Fortune Brands' portfolio.

"The acquisition of LARSON is aligned with our strategic focus on the fast-growing outdoor living space. The LARSON suite of products creates a bridge from the inside to the outside of the home, and further strengthens Fortune Brands' offerings in Doors and Decking," said Nicholas Fink, chief executive officer, Fortune Brands. "LARSON is the industry leading brand in a highly attractive category with differentiated positioning and fast-paced, consumer-driven innovation. We can accelerate growth and profitability by deploying our cross-company capabilities to create added value for all of our stakeholders."

LARSON is the leading brand in the approximately $1.65 billion U.S. storm door market that is largely driven by repair and remodel activity. Its products create a connection to the outdoors, bringing light and air into the home. LARSON core products are lower-ticket DIY offerings that have a strong presence in the home center retail channel.

"Together, LARSON and Therma-Tru have significant opportunities to drive growth and create value. There is tremendous potential to leverage the innovative products at LARSON with our Therma-Tru and Fiberon offerings to provide a total exterior door system and capitalize on outdoor living trends such as multi-season rooms," added Fink.

"We are excited to join Fortune Brands. Having worked together this past year on innovations that connect homes to the outdoors, we have come to admire the company and its leading brands. We share a commitment to brand excellence, strong channel relationships and a culture of consumer-driven innovation," said Jeff Rief, chief executive officer and president, LARSON. "We are looking forward to driving even more growth by seizing new opportunities together in the door, security and outdoor living markets."

With revenues of approximately $390 million, LARSON has approximately 1,200 associates and is headquartered in Brookings, South Dakota, with manufacturing operations in Brookings, South Dakota, Lake Mills, Iowa, Mocksville, North Carolina and Senatobia, Mississippi, in addition to central distribution centers in Albert Lea, Minnesota and Mocksville, North Carolina. The Company expects that the LARSON management team, associates and locations will remain in place.

The transaction is immediately accretive and expected to add between $0.14 to $0.20 to 2021 earnings per share, net of interest expense and purchase price amortization. The Company expects to receive tax benefits over a 15-year period with a net present value of approximately $80 million, and the net purchase price of $660 million equates to approximately 8.8x estimated trailing 12-month LARSON adjusted EBITDA. The Company expects to leverage operating best practices and scale efficiencies that alone will effectively reduce the net purchase multiple by a couple of turns to below 7x over the next few years. In addition to these FBHS cross-company synergies, the Company expects to drive accelerated growth through the ability to integrate two highly innovative cultures to create new products as well as leverage Therma-Tru's strong builder and wholesale channel relationships. LARSON will join Fortune Brands' newly named Outdoors & Security segment upon closing. The closing of the transaction is subject to regulatory approval and is expected to occur within the next 30 days.