Batesville, Indiana-based Hillenbrand, Inc. (NYSE: HI), a global diversified industrial company, and international firm Milacron Holdings Corp. (NYSE: MCRN), offering manufacture, distribution and service of highly engineered and customized systems within the plastic technology and processing industry, announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Hillenbrand will acquire Milacron in a cash and stock transaction valued at approximately $2 billion, including net debt of approximately $686 million as of March 31, 2019.
Under the terms of the agreement, which has been unanimously approved by the boards of directors of both companies, Milacron stockholders will receive $11.80 in cash and a fixed exchange ratio of 0.1612 shares of Hillenbrand common stock for each share of Milacron common stock they own. Based on Hillenbrand’s closing stock price on July 11, 2019, the last trading day prior to the announcement, the implied cash and stock consideration to be received by Milacron stockholders is $18.07 per share, representing a premium of approximately 34% to Milacron’s closing stock price on July 11, 2019, and a premium of approximately 38% to Milacron’s 30-day volume-weighted average price as of the close on July 11, 2019. Upon closing, Hillenbrand shareholders will own approximately 84% of the combined company, and Milacron stockholders will own approximately 16%.
Milacron manufactures, distributes and services engineered and customized systems in the approximately $30 billion plastics technology and processing industry, as well as fluid technologies and processing systems. Milacron operates in three segments: melt delivery and control systems, which designs and manufactures highly engineered, technically advanced hot runner and process control systems, mold bases, and components; advanced plastics processing technologies, which designs and manufactures plastics processing equipment and systems, including injection molding, extrusion and auxiliary systems; and fluid technologies, which manufactures products that are used in a variety of metalworking processes.
This transaction represents a pivotal step in Hillenbrand’s vision to become a world-class global diversified industrial company by adding new strategic businesses in hot runner systems and injection molding to Hillenbrand’s portfolio through Milacron’s leading brands, including Mold-Masters and Milacron injection molding. Together, the combined company will have increased scale and meaningful product diversification, enhancing its ability to serve customers through complementary technologies across the plastics value chain, including plastic base resins production, compounding, processing both extruded and injection-molded products, and recycling.
The transaction, which is expected to close in the first calendar quarter of 2020, is subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals, including the approval of stockholders of Milacron. Hillenbrand intends to fund the cash portion of the transaction through debt financing and has secured a committed bridge financing facility led by J.P. Morgan.
J.P. Morgan Securities LLC is serving as the exclusive financial advisor, and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP is serving as legal advisor to Hillenbrand. Barclays is serving as the exclusive financial advisor, and Ropes and Gray LLP is serving as legal advisor to Milacron.