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Herman Miller Remodeling Continues in DWR Deal

NEW YORK (The Deal) -- Office furniture maker Herman Miller  (MLHR) is continuing to remodel its strategy, striking a deal to acquire modern furniture retailer Design Within Reach for about $154 million in cash.

Zeeland, Mich.-based Herman will acquire an approximately 84% stake in DWR, the companies said after the close of regular trading Thursday.

DWR's current CEO John Edelman and president John McPhee will maintain an approximately 8.5% interest in a newly created Herman Miller consumer division.

Herman Miller anticipates future tax benefits with a present value of approximately $10 million in connection with the acquisition. DWR shareholders will receive approximately $23 per share on a fully diluted basis, while the company's largest shareholders will also be paid an undetermined escrow amount.

Stamford, Conn.-based DWR, which generated about $218 million in revenue during 2013, sells modern residential furniture and home accessories via an established e-commerce presence and throughout its 38 retail locations in the U.S. and Canada. The business will be rolled into Herman Miller's consumer unit, which currently generates only about $60 million and operates within the company's specialty and consumer segment.

The deal follows a competitive auction process for DWR, according to Financo managing partner Lee Helman, who advised DWR on the transaction.

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