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Spectrum Brands Holdings To Acquire Stanley Black & Decker’s Hardware & Home Improvement Group For $1.4 Billion In Cash

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Spectrum Brands Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: SPB), a global consumer products company with market-leading brands, announced today that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the Hardware & Home Improvement Group (“HHI”) of Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. (NYSE: SWK) for $1.4 billion in cash.

HHI is a manufacturer of residential locksets, residential builders’ hardware and faucets for residential applications with such renowned brands as Kwikset, Weiser, Baldwin, National Hardware, Stanley, FANAL, Pfister and EZSET. HHI is a leader in its key markets with #1 positions in U.S. residential locksets (Kwikset), Canada residential locksets (Weiser), U.S. luxury locksets (Baldwin), and U.S. builders’ hardware (Stanley/National Hardware), and a top 5 position in U.S. faucets (Pfister).

HHI generated net sales of approximately $985 million and adjusted EBITDA of $188 million for the 12 months ended June 30, 2012. 1 Approximately 85 percent of HHI’s annual revenues are generated in North America, with more than 40 percent coming through U.S. home improvement centers.

The acquisition is expected to increase Spectrum Brands’ top-line growth and margins, and to be immediately accretive to EPS, EBITDA and free cash flow before synergies. EPS accretion pro forma for a full year of results is expected to be between $0.75 to $0.80 per share in fiscal 2013 and EPS accretion in fiscal 2014 is expected to exceed $1.00 per share, excluding one-time transaction and integration costs and including synergies. The acquisition also is expected to add more than an incremental $90 million of free cash flow in the first two years after closing.

“This is a good acquisition for Spectrum Brands that will increase total revenues to over $4 billion and add renowned brands with top market share positions in the growing and profitable hardware and home products business,” said Dave Lumley, Chief Executive Officer of Spectrum Brands. “The scale and expanded product offering we gain will further balance our sales profile and provide exciting cross-selling opportunities from expanding sales of Spectrum Brands’ products to major U.S. home improvement centers and increasing HHI sales to leading global mass merchants and other Spectrum Brands’ retailers. Spectrum’s and HHI’s product lines are completely complementary, significantly expanding our portfolio of products. HHI will also give us an additional platform for global growth using our existing international infrastructure, as well as entry into the growing market of integrated residential security, fire and lighting solutions.”

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