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Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co. (NYSE:RS) and Metals USA Holdings Corp. (NYSE:MUSA) today announced a definitive merger agreement whereby Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co. (“Reliance”) will acquire all outstanding shares of Metals USA Holdings Corp. (“Metals USA”) for $20.65 per share in cash, representing an enterprise value of approximately $1.2 billion. The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2013. Metals USA’s assets at December 31, 2012 and sales for the year then ended were approximately $1.0 billion and $2.0 billion, respectively. Upon completion of the acquisition, Reliance will have total assets of over $6.5 billion and annual sales of over $10.0 billion.
The transaction has been unanimously approved by the respective Boards of Directors of Reliance and Metals USA. The transaction is subject to approval by Metals USA stockholders, along with the receipt of regulatory clearances and the satisfaction of other customary closing conditions, and includes a 30-day “go-shop” period. David H. Hannah, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Reliance, will continue as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the combined company. Lourenco Goncalves, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Metals USA will retire upon closing of the transaction.
Mr. Hannah commented, "We are very excited about Metals USA becoming an important part of the Reliance family of companies. This is our largest acquisition to date and will add a total of 48 service centers strategically located throughout the United States to our existing operations. Metals USA is an excellent fit and nicely complements Reliance’s existing customer base, product mix and geographic footprint. Additionally, the transaction is expected to be accretive immediately upon closing and we believe that the combined company will be well positioned to continue to outperform the broader metals service center industry."
"I am extremely proud of the company we have built,” said Mr. Goncalves. “Metals USA’s strong position in the metals service center industry will strategically enhance Reliance’s current business, and I am confident that together, our companies will continue to excel. We believe this transaction creates significant value and is in the best interest of our stockholders."