Koch Industries to Acquire Georgia-Pacific for $21 billion
Press release from the issuing company
ATLANTA and WICHITA, Kan. -- Georgia-Pacific Corp. and Koch Industries, Inc., today announced they have reached a definitive agreement for Koch Forest Products, Inc., a wholly owned Koch subsidiary, to make a $48 per share cash tender offer for all shares of Georgia-Pacific. The transaction has been unanimously approved by the boards of directors of Georgia-Pacific and Koch.
The transaction has an equity value of $13.2 billion and a total enterprise value of $21 billion, including all Georgia-Pacific debt. The price to Georgia-Pacific shareholders represents a premium of 39 percent based on the closing price of Georgia-Pacific common stock on Nov. 11.
Koch Forest Products expects to launch a cash tender offer for all outstanding shares of Georgia-Pacific common stock no later than Nov. 18, followed by a second step cash-out merger at the offer price. The closing of the tender offer is expected to be completed promptly, subject to customary closing conditions, including antitrust clearances in various countries.
The transaction is not conditioned on financing. Debt financing has been secured by Koch through Citigroup.
Koch has confirmed that Georgia-Pacific will be operated as a privately held, wholly owned subsidiary of Koch Industries. Georgia-Pacific will continue to do business worldwide under the Georgia-Pacific name and continue to operate its businesses from its Atlanta headquarters as an independently managed company.
Included in the transaction are all assets of Georgia-Pacific, including its North America and international consumer products segments, as well as its building products, packaging, and paper and bleached board segments.
"This transaction is the most dramatic step yet in Georgia-Pacific's history and its transformation. We are pleased it offers very significant, incremental value to our shareholders, as is warranted by our company's tremendous assets and talented employees," said A.D. "Pete" Correll, Georgia- Pacific chairman and chief executive officer. "Koch's acquisition of Georgia- Pacific will enable us to move into the future in an exciting fashion and continue achieving our financial and operating goals with committed new ownership that is exceptionally strong financially, has a long history of outstanding business success and a dedication to operational excellence."
"Georgia-Pacific is an outstanding company with highly talented employees, a heritage of leadership in the marketplace and strong branded products," said Charles G. Koch, chairman and chief executive officer of Koch Industries, Inc. "By joining our group of privately held companies, Georgia-Pacific will be able to maintain a long-term focus on growth and a commitment to delivering value for all of its constituents. As a wholly owned Koch subsidiary, it will benefit from our historical practice of reinvesting up to 90 percent of earnings in our businesses. We have extensive experience with cyclical, highly competitive businesses and the ability to commit appropriate resources to enhance the company's assets and pursue a growth agenda."
Koch acquired Georgia-Pacific's non-integrated market and fluff pulp operations at New Augusta, Miss., and Brunswick, Ga., in May 2004. Since the purchase, Koch has invested in these businesses, which have been operating as Koch Cellulose. Upon completion of this transaction, these operations will be reintegrated with Georgia-Pacific businesses.
"Through the experience we gained in our recent transaction with Koch, we are very familiar with Koch's outstanding strategic asset management approach and capabilities," Correll said. "It is gratifying that the same highly effective leadership team we dealt with earlier took a focused interest in all of Georgia-Pacific and in our continuing success story as an industry leader. We are confident that this combination will be a winner, bringing superior strengths, shared core values and readiness to compete in all of our markets."
Added Koch's Joe W. Moeller, president and chief operating officer, "We view this major acquisition not only as a key strategic investment for Koch but as a platform for future growth. We believe this transaction represents a unique opportunity in which each of our enterprises and employees will be able to prosper together."
Goldman, Sachs & Co. acted as exclusive financial advisor to Georgia- Pacific; the company's legal counsel are Shearman & Sterling LLP and King & Spalding LLP. Koch's financial advisor is Citigroup Corporate and Investment Banking; its transaction counsel is Latham & Watkins LLP.
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