(All financial information is in U.S. dollars, unless otherwise noted.)
- Acquired business is the #1 supplier of store brand infant diapers in the United States
- Purchase price of $272 million, synergies of $10 million to be achieved within two years
- Dramatically expands the North American footprint and product range of our Personal Care division
- Transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2013
(NYSE: UFS) (TSX: UFS)
May 28, 2013
/PRNewswire/ - Domtar Corporation (NYSE: UFS) (TSX: UFS) today announced the signing of a definitive agreement for the acquisition of privately-held Associated Hygienic Products ("AHP"), the largest manufacturer and supplier of store brand infant diapers in
the United States
, from DSG International for
. The closing of the transaction is expected by the end of the second quarter of 2013, subject to customary closing conditions.
"The market for store brand infant diapers is growing steadily in North America driven by high quality products and a strong value proposition. The acquisition of AHP will provide meaningful market expansion opportunities and innovative product development capabilities with our existing Personal Care business, as well as synergies to the bottom line,"
John D. Williams
, President and Chief Executive Officer of Domtar.
"This will be our fourth transaction in Personal Care in two years, and with it the division will reach over $200 million in annualized EBITDA by 2017. This earnings runway is part of our Company-wide goal of having $300-$500 million in annualized EBITDA from growing businesses over the next four years."
AHP manufactures and markets infant diapers in
the United States
with established long-term relationships in the retail distribution channels. AHP operates two large modern facilities, a 376,000 square foot manufacturing facility in
and a 312,000 square foot manufacturing facility in
. The company also has administrative offices and operates a distribution center in
. AHP has 621 employees and has annual run rate sales and EBITDA of
It is anticipated that the integration to Domtar's Personal Care division will provide annualized synergies of
within two years. The synergies will come from a combination of lower purchasing costs, a reduction in general and administrative costs and sharing of best practices in manufacturing and product development.
Commenting on the benefits of the acquisition,
, Senior Vice-President, Personal Care said
"This acquisition will add a key product line to our offering, a competitive manufacturing base to our existing footprint and solid access to the retail channels for our adult incontinence products. AHP invests heavily in research and development and brings to the marketplace quality products, a highly trained workforce and the know-how to service large retailers. I am also impressed with the substantial investments made in the past five years in the facilities which will limit the capital requirements for the foreseeable future."
The acquired business will be integrated in the Personal Care segment of Domtar's financial information filed to the Securities and Exchange Commission.