$11B Valspar Deal Gets Shareholders’ OK
Paint and coatings maker Valspar, based in Minneapolis, received the support of its shareholders Wednesday (June 29), as they voted to approve the proposed sale of the company to rival The Sherwin-Williams Company.
The vote, which was held during a special shareholders meeting, marks a significant step needed to close the deal—worth an estimated $11.3 billion.
Announced in March, the merger would result in a combined coatings company with annual sales of $15.6 billion, profits of $2.8 billion and 58,000 employees, according to the companies. The deal would increase Sherwin-Williams’ global footprint in Asia-Pacific and Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and add new capabilities in packaging and coil segments, according to Sherwin-Williams’ President and CEO John G. Morikis.
The companies anticipate a first quarter 2017 closing.
Before closing, federal antitrust regulators must also approve the proposed transaction. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has requested additional information and documentary materials from both parties.
According to Wednesday’s filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the Valspar vote in favor of the merger was 63.2 million shares, with 1.1 million against. Sherwin-Williams’ shareholders do not need to vote on the transaction.
The companies' boards of directors previously approved the transaction.
During the special meeting, Valspar shareholders also agreed to a top-level executive compensation clause should the merger close, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported.
Valspar’s CEO Gary E. Hendrickson is expected to receive severance of roughly $38.1 million in combined cash, equity and benefits, the report stated. The company’s chief financial officer, James Muehlbauer, would reportedly receive $11.1 million and Rolf Engh, Valspar’s executive vice president and general counsel, would get $5 million in combined compensation.