Building products provider Headwaters (HW) said Sunday that it has agreed to be acquired by Australian construction materials supplier Boral for $24.25 per share, or $2.6 billion, in cash.
Per the terms of the agreement, Headwaters' shareholders will receive $24.25 per share in cash, representing a roughly 21% premium to the target's closing $20.09 per share stock price on Nov. 18, and a 34% premium over its 30-day volume-weighted average closing stock price through Nov. 18.
The deal comes after a recent acquisition spree for South Jordan, Utah-based Headwaters, which scooped up Dallas-based vinyl and aluminum windows and patio doors manufacturer Krestmark Industries in August for $240 million and Louisville, Ky.-based plasterboard maker Synthetic Materials in March for an undisclosed sum.
Boral is Australia's largest building and constructions materials supplier and the deal will help it expand its current presence in the North American construction industry, according to the target's Sunday statement.
Boral CEO Mike Kane said Headwaters' businesses are highly complementary with the buyer's existing U.S. operations, and added that the transaction price reflects his company's belief that "there is strong commercial rationale for combining the two portfolios."
Headwaters is a diversified building products supplier and also has been one of the largest U.S. sellers of fly ash, since its $243 million acquisition of Industrial Services Group in July 2002. Fly ash, composed of clay, quartz and feldspar, is often added to concrete to make it stronger and easier to work with.
The target is also a supplier of stone, concrete and specialty roofing products and has an energy unit that has a process for converting coal into liquid fuels through its direct coal liquefaction technology.