H.B. Fuller Buying Royal Adhesives & Sealants For $1.58 Billion

Expected to close in October, the acquisition looks to grow H.B. Fuller's presence in the adhesives industry as Royal is expected to generate about $650 million in 2017 revenue.

ST. PAUL, MN — H.B. Fuller Company announced Monday that it has signed an agreement to purchase Royal Adhesives & Sealants, a manufacturer of high-value specialty adhesives and sealants. H.B. Fuller says Royal consistently delivers growth rates, EBITDA margins and free cash flow that are expected to enhance H.B. Fuller’s position in the adhesives industry.

“With Royal’s strong customer relationships and experienced team, we will add depth and breadth to our portfolio," H.B. Fuller president and CEO Jim Owens said. "Royal’s complementary offerings will expand our presence in North America, Europe and China, and add new technology and capabilities. We have identified $35 million in cost synergies and $15 million in growth synergies that we expect to realize over the next 3 years as a result of merging these two great adhesives businesses. Upon closing the transaction, H.B. Fuller will be a company with nearly $2.9 billion in revenue, focused on profitable growth in attractive engineering, durable assembly and construction adhesives markets.”

Royal is expected to generate approximately $650 million in revenue and $138 million in adjusted EBITDA for H.B. Fuller’s fiscal year 2017. The company operates 19 manufacturing facilities in 5 countries, and employs approximately 1,500 people globally.

The agreed upon purchase price is $1.575 billion, subject to customary adjustments. H.B. Fuller intends to finance the transaction through new debt financing. 

H.B. Fuller has previously announced specific financial goals for organic growth, cash flow and EBITDA margin improvement in the company’s 2020 strategic plan and believes this acquisition will support acceleration and over performance relative to these objectives. Royal is a highly respected supplier of industrial adhesives in a diverse set of end markets, including aerospace, transportation, commercial roofing, insulating glass, solar, packaging and flooring applications.

With this acquisition, H.B. Fuller will gain product technology and add people and skills that will result in a more capable and dynamic company for customers and employees. H.B. Fuller remains committed to maintaining its current dividend and rapid deleveraging using the significant free cash flow it expects to have available for this purpose.

Subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals, the transaction is expected to close as soon as October of 2017.

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