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Martin Marietta Materials, Inc. (NYSE:MLM) and Texas Industries, Inc. (NYSE:TXI) today announced that the Boards of Directors of both companies have unanimously approved a definitive merger agreement under which Martin Marietta will acquire all of the outstanding shares of Texas Industries common stock in a tax-free, stock-for-stock transaction. Under the terms of the merger agreement, Texas Industries shareholders will receive 0.700 Martin Marietta shares for each share of Texas Industries common stock they own at closing. Based on the closing market prices for the shares of both companies on January 27, 2014, and their debt levels as of their most recently completed quarters, the combined company will have an enterprise value of approximately $8.5 billion.
The combination will create a market leading supplier of aggregates and heavy building materials, with low-cost, vertically integrated aggregate and targeted cement operations. With greater geographic and product diversity and a leading distribution network, the combined company will have uniquely positioned assets across some of the nation’s largest and fastest growing geographies, such as Texas and California. As market conditions improve, the combined company will be well-positioned for long-term growth, with a network in excess of 400 quarries, mines, distribution yards and plants spanning 36 states, Canada, the Bahamas and the Caribbean Islands. With a significant increase in scale and the potential to achieve substantial synergies, the combined company will seek to grow faster and more efficiently than either Martin Marietta or Texas Industries could on a standalone basis.
Based on the closing stock price for Martin Marietta on January 27, 2014, this consideration would be equivalent to $71.95 of Martin Marietta stock for each Texas Industries share. The exchange ratio represents a 13 percent premium to the average exchange ratio implied by the closing prices of Martin Marietta’s and Texas Industries’ shares during the last 90 days, and an over 15 percent premium to the exchange ratio implied by the respective closing stock prices on December 12, 2013, the day prior to market speculation of a potential transaction. The transaction reflects an enterprise value of approximately $2.7 billion, including the assumption of $0.7 billion of Texas Industries’ debt. Upon closing of the transaction, Martin Marietta shareholders are expected to own approximately 69 percent, and Texas Industries shareholders are expected to own approximately 31 percent, of the combined company. The companies expect the transaction to be immediately accretive to Martin Marietta’s earnings per share in 2014, assuming refinancing of Texas Industries’ outstanding debt at or around the closing of the merger and excluding one-time costs.