Revlon (REV) Complete Elizabeth Arden (RDEN) Acquisition
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Revlon, Inc. (NYSE: REV) is pleased to announce the successful completion of the Elizabeth Arden acquisition. The transaction creates a global beauty company with a strong portfolio of leading brands, including Revlon, Elizabeth Arden, Revlon ColorSilk, Revlon Professional, and American Crew, along with designer, heritage and celebrity fragrance brands such as: Juicy Couture, John Varvatos, Wildfox Couture, Curve, Elizabeth Taylor, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Giorgio Beverly Hills and Jennifer Aniston.
The combined company will continue to operate with Revlon, Inc. as the parent company, which will continue to be listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the REV ticker symbol.
“The combination of two iconic companies creates a multi-brand, global beauty enterprise and tremendous opportunity for long-term growth and value creation,” said Mr. Fabian Garcia, President and Chief Executive Officer of the newly-combined company. We expect to benefit from greater scale, an expanded global footprint and a significant presence across all major beauty categories and channels. As a combined organization with net sales of approximately $3 billion, this acquisition will help to further accelerate our growth trajectory, position us among the top beauty players and unlock far greater upside than either company would have realized on a stand-alone basis.”
Mr. Garcia continued, “I want to thank Scott Beattie, Chairman and CEO of Elizabeth Arden for his leadership during the transition, and for his role in helping us bring our companies together. Our immediate focus will be to deliver our financial objectives for the remainder of 2016, effectively integrate the two organizations and develop the combined company’s long-term corporate and portfolio strategy that will guide the choices we make and the realization of our full potential.”
On June 16, 2016, Revlon agreed to acquire all of the outstanding shares of Elizabeth Arden for $14.00 per share in cash, representing an enterprise value for Elizabeth Arden of approximately $870 million. The closing of the transaction follows the approval by Elizabeth Arden’s stockholders in a vote held earlier today. Elizabeth Arden’s common stock ceased trading on the NASDAQ Stock Market, following the market close on September 7, 2016 and will no longer be listed on the NASDAQ Stock Market. In connection with closing the transaction, Revlon entered into a new $1.8 billion senior secured term loan facility and a new $400 million senior secured asset-based revolving credit facility. In addition, the net proceeds from the previously-completed private offering of $450 million aggregate principal amount of 6.25% senior unsecured notes due 2024 were released from escrow in connection with closing the transaction. Revlon used the funds released from escrow, together with the borrowings under the new credit facilities and cash on hand, to fund the acquisition and terminate and refinance its previously-existing term loan and asset-based revolving credit facilities, as well as all of Elizabeth Arden’s indebtedness.
Revlon will continue to be led by Mr. Fabian Garcia as President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Beattie is expected to join the Revlon Board of Directors as non-executive Vice-Chairman, and as an advisor to Mr. Garcia. The interim organization structure will have the rest of Elizabeth Arden’s executive leadership team reporting directly to Mr. Garcia, immediately following the close of the transaction and the balance of the operating structure will continue largely unchanged for the remainder of 2016, in order to ensure delivery of each business’s operating plans.
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