NCI Building Systems Inc., a leading manufacturer of exterior building products for commercial construction, and Ply Gem Parent LLC, a leading manufacturer of exterior building products for residential construction, announced today that they have signed a definitive agreement under which the two companies will combine in a stock-for-stock merger. The combined company will have a pro forma enterprise value of $5.5 billion and an implied equity value of $2.6 billion, based on NCI’s closing share price on July 17, 2018.
NCI Chairman James S. Metcalf, who will lead the integration of the two companies and serve as Chairman and CEO of the Company, said: “This transformational combination creates the leading exterior building products company with multiple avenues for further growth. Both companies are experiencing sustained momentum driven by meaningful cost savings, and the greater scale and diversification of the combined company support organic growth, margin expansion and longer-term M&A opportunities. With a greater ability to attract and retain top talent in all fields, our combined company will continue to innovate in the exterior building products space – far beyond what either of us could do alone.”
COMPELLING STRATEGIC RATIONALE FOR THE COMBINATION
The transaction will create a market-leading North American exterior building products platform providing new construction and repair & remodel solutions for commercial and residential applications. As a larger, vertically-integrated manufacturer with enhanced growth opportunities through adjacent products, the combined company will become a one-stop solution for exterior building envelope needs.
- Expansive, advantaged customer platform: Improved ability to serve customers with a broader product portfolio across multiple end markets. Complete go-to-market coverage across direct, distribution and retail customers.
- Superior growth and financial profile: Multiple avenues for growth spanning core market expansion, product innovation, cross-selling and multifaceted M&A opportunities. Increased diversification of end markets and raw materials reduces earnings volatility. Ongoing cost initiatives and identified near-term cost synergies totaling over $150 million annually.
- Shared strengths and best-in-class capabilities: Combined strengths in advanced manufacturing, product innovation and cost efficiency coupled with shared acquisition integration and cross-selling capabilities. Strong cultural fit with a focus on continuous improvement.
- Long-term, results-driven stewardship: Experienced leadership teams with a proven track record of integration and execution. Substantial investment from funds managed by Clayton, Dubilier & Rice (“CD&R”).
The Company will operate under a name to be determined, and each entity will preserve its existing established brands. The Company will be headquartered in Cary, N.C., with a significant presence in Houston.
Ply Gem Chairman and CEO Gary E. Robinette, who will continue to serve in this role until close, added: “I am grateful and honored to have had the opportunity to lead Ply Gem over the past 12 years and I am proud of our team’s accomplishments during the past decade of successes and challenges. The joining of these two market-leading exterior building products companies creates a platform for growth, enhanced innovation and cost improvements, while serving all channels of the construction markets. I am excited for the associates and customers of the combined company and the next evolution of this best-in-class provider of exterior building envelope solutions.”
NCI CEO Donald Riley, who will continue to serve in this role until close, noted: “This scalable platform is well-positioned to create shareholder value through improved margins, additional cost savings and expanded market penetration. The opportunity for growth through cross-selling and adjacencies to each other’s customers is a major advantage of this transaction. Furthermore, both of our companies are strong in new construction and Ply Gem also excels at repair and remodel, adding to our combined end market diversification and providing further room for growth.”
Under the terms of the agreement, NCI will issue 58.7 million shares to Ply Gem shareholders. Upon the close of the transaction, NCI shareholders will own 53 percent of the Company’s common equity, with Ply Gem shareholders owning 47 percent. The transaction is generally expected to be tax-free to the Ply Gem owners for U.S. federal income tax purposes.
On a combined basis for calendar year 2018, the Company is expected to generate revenue of approximately $4.5 billionand Pro Forma Adjusted EBITDA of $660 million – $680 million, including run-rate synergies and cost savings. The Company expects that, after three years following close, cost reduction initiatives and merger-related synergies will yield over $150 million in annual cost savings. Clearly scoped standalone cost reduction initiatives are already well underway at both NCI and Ply Gem. Combination-specific synergies include manufacturing efficiencies and procurement and general & administrative savings. The transaction is expected to be immediately accretive to adjusted cash earnings per share and free cash flow.
The Company will generate strong free cash flow and maintain a flexible balance sheet, with ample liquidity and cash flow to invest in growth and pay down debt. The Company’s pro forma capital structure will include Ply Gem’s existing $1,755 million senior secured term loan and Ply Gem’s existing $645 million of senior unsecured notes, each of which will be assumed by the Company following completion of the transaction. The Company also expects to incur a $475 million incremental term loan in connection with the transaction, the proceeds of which will be used to retire NCI’s existing term loan, repay any amounts outstanding under NCI’s existing revolving facility and pay transaction fees and expenses. The Company will retain Ply Gem’s existing $475 million in aggregate asset-based and cash flow revolving facilities, and plans to increase Ply Gem’s existing asset-based revolving facility by $215 million to provide additional working capital capacity as well as replace NCI’s existing asset-based revolving facility.
GOVERNANCE AND MANAGEMENT
Metcalf, current Chairman of NCI, will become Chairman and CEO of the Company. Metcalf served as Chairman and CEO of USG Corporation from 2011 to 2016 and joined the NCI Board in 2017 and became Chairman in 2018.
Riley, current CEO of NCI, will serve as CEO of the Company’s NCI Division. Robinette will continue to serve as President, Chairman and CEO of Ply Gem until the transaction is completed, after which he will serve as Chairman Emeritus and Special Advisor to the Company. Shawn Poe, current CFO of Ply Gem, will serve as CFO of the Company.
The Company’s management team has proven integration experience and a demonstrated ability to create value through revenue growth and cost savings, evidenced by successful recent integrations with CENTRIA and Simonton Windows & Doors by NCI and Ply Gem, respectively. In addition, the Company’s management team has delivered market-leading growth rates in multiple areas throughout various market cycles in both the residential and commercial markets.
Funds managed by CD&R will own just under 50 percent of the Company’s common equity and will designate five directors to the Company’s 12-person Board of Directors. Golden Gate Capital, a significant shareholder of Ply Gem, will own approximately 16 percent of the Company’s common equity.
“We believe the merger creates attractive and profitable new growth avenues in the North American exterior building products market for the combined company,” said Nathan K. Sleeper, Partner at CD&R, who will serve on the Board of Directors of the Company. “There is an enormous value creation opportunity in joining these two industry leaders in terms of delivering operational synergies and enhancing the platform to better serve the Company’s customers, broaden its product portfolio, drive innovation and pursue significant opportunities for organic and inorganic growth. We look forward to working with and supporting the management team to realize these goals.”
The transaction has been unanimously approved by a special committee of independent directors formed by NCI’s Board of Directors and by NCI’s full Board (without participation of directors affiliated with CD&R, NCI’s largest shareholder).
TIMING AND APPROVALS
The transaction is expected to close in the fourth calendar quarter of 2018, subject to approval by NCI shareholders and customary regulatory approvals.
Evercore is serving as exclusive financial advisor and Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz is serving as legal counsel to NCI. Credit Suisse is serving as exclusive financial advisor to Ply Gem. Debevoise & Plimpton is providing legal counsel to Ply Gem and to CD&R. Credit Suisse and RBC Capital Markets, LLC are providing committed financing for the transaction.
CONFERENCE CALL / WEBCAST AND FURTHER INFORMATION
NCI and Ply Gem will host a joint conference call with investors on July 18, 2018 at 8 am Eastern time to discuss this transaction. Please dial 1-412-902-0003 or 1-877-407-0672 (toll-free) to participate in the call. The call will also be webcast at www.ncibuildingsystems.com. To access the taped telephone replay, please dial 1-201-612-7415 or 1-877-660-6853 (toll-free) and the passcode 13681656# when prompted. The taped replay will be available two hours after the call through August 1, 2018. A replay of the webcast will be available on the Event Calendar, Calls & Webcast section of the Investor Relations page of the NCI website for approximately 90 days.
For further information regarding all terms and conditions contained in the definitive merger agreement, please see NCI’s Current Report on Form 8-K, which will be filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in connection with this transaction. An investor presentation and prepared remarks, which will also be filed with the SEC, can be found on the Investor Relations page of NCI’s website: www.ncibuildingsystems.com/investors.html.