Sealed Air (SEE) to Spin-Off Diversey Care and Related Hygiene Business
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Sealed Air Corporation (NYSE: SEE) announced today a plan to pursue the spin-off of its Diversey Care division and the food hygiene and cleaning business within its Food Care division (together “New Diversey”), while the remaining Sealed Air business (“New Sealed Air”) will continue as an independent public company. Under the plan, if effectuated, Sealed Air’s shareholders would own 100% of the common stock of New Diversey following completion of the spin-off. The plan is intended to allow each of New Sealed Air and New Diversey to focus on a distinct set of strategic objectives, creating enhanced shareholder value. The transaction is expected to be completed in the second half of 2017 and is intended to qualify as a tax-free distribution to Sealed Air shareholders for U.S. federal income tax purposes. Upon completion of the spin-off:
- New Sealed Air will continue to be a leading provider of food, product and medical packaging solutions, with a high-margin and technologically advanced business focused on profitable growth and strong cash flow globally. New Sealed Air will continue delivering leading knowledge-based solutions for waste reduction, resource conservation and product security, all of which deliver unique and measurable value to customers and the planet. On a pro forma basis for the twelve months ended June 30, 2016, New Sealed Air (excluding New Diversey) generated $4.2 billion in sales and had Adjusted EBITDA of $826 million.
- New Diversey, to be led by Dr. Ilham Kadri, President of Diversey Care, will be a pure-play, high-growth hygiene and cleaning solutions company. With an integrated product offering comprised of floor care machines, tools, chemicals and services, New Diversey is a pioneer in the hygiene industry through digital innovation and is well-positioned to profitably gain share on a global basis. On a pro forma basis for the twelve months ended June 30, 2016, New Diversey generated $2.6 billion in sales and had Adjusted EBITDA of $305 million.
“Sealed Air has created significant shareholder value by delivering leading innovations to our global customers, improving our quality of earnings and executing a disciplined capital allocation strategy,” said Jerome A. Peribere, Sealed Air’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “Our Board and management team continually evaluate options to enhance shareholder value and we believe this spin-off will allow both New Sealed Air and New Diversey to realize their full potential. Following the spin-off, each company will be well-positioned for profitable growth through a proven business model and enhanced strategic focus, improved operating efficiencies and optimized capital allocation to enable investments in new disruptive technologies.”
“Diversey Care is a market leader thanks to its pioneering approach in the development of innovative solutions that create value for customers, including the Internet of Clean™, Intellibot® robotics, unmatched plant-based biodegradable chemistries and AHP® disinfection technologies,” Peribere continued. “Ilham and her management team have been instrumental in transforming and positioning Diversey Care for sustainable and profitable growth.”
- Enhances Strategic Focus. The spin-off creates two strong, focused operating companies with distinct business models and growth profiles. As independent companies, New Sealed Air and New Diversey will be better able to efficiently allocate capital and optimize investments in disruptive technologies to serve their unique customer bases and enhance their competitive positions. New Sealed Air will continue to execute on its “Change the Game” initiatives to penetrate new markets, introduce new business models and deliver disruptive innovation to drive value for customers and partners. New Diversey will continue to focus on its strategy as an innovator and strong collaborative partner differentiated by its industry leading expertise in dosing, dispensing and concentrated formulas, as well as a global footprint that reaches a diverse customer base.
- Simplifies Operating Structures. Following the completion of the spin, New Sealed Air and New Diversey will each benefit from leaner, more streamlined operating structures to enable more efficient management decision-making.
- Creates Distinct Investment Identities. The spin-off enables investors to evaluate each business based on its respective financial profile, performance and value creation opportunities.
- New Sealed Air and New Diversey will Maintain Strong Financial Positions. Each company will be well-capitalized and well-positioned to pursue future growth opportunities. New Sealed Air and New Diversey will have disciplined returns-based approaches to capital allocation and are targeting similar leverage ratios and credit ratings as existing Sealed Air.
Dr. Ilham Kadri, President of Diversey Care, joined Sealed Air in 2013 from Dow Chemical. She brings more than 20 years of experience through a variety of global roles in Business Leadership, Strategic Planning, Sales, Marketing, Product Management, M&A and Research & Development in public and private companies such as Shell Chemicals-Basell, UCB-Cytec, Huntsman, and Rohm Haas-Dow.
Additional members of New Diversey’s management team and Board of Directors will be named in the months leading up to the completion of the spin-off.
New Sealed Air will continue to be led by its existing management team under Jerome A. Peribere, President and Chief Executive Officer.
Transaction Conditions and Terms
The transaction is expected to be completed in the second half of 2017, subject to final approval by Sealed Air’s Board of Directors, as well as satisfaction of customary conditions, including the effectiveness of appropriate filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The Board has made no final decision regarding a spin-off of New Diversey, and there can be no assurance that the Board’s plan will result in the commencement or consummation of any such spin-off.
Sealed Air anticipates filing a Form 10 relating to the transaction with the Securities and Exchange Commission as early as the first quarter of 2017.
The Company intends the spin-off to be tax-free for U.S. federal income tax purposes. In anticipation of and to facilitate the spin-off, the Company is planning the internal separation of the New Diversey business lines from the remaining Sealed Air business in a series of transactions that are intended to be tax efficient from both a United States and foreign perspective. Such separation is currently expected to include internal distributions intended to be tax-free under Section 355 of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code. In particular, the companies (which shall also include any of their successors and transferees) that are anticipated to be distributing corporations in connection with the internal separation transactions include Ciras C.V., Cryovac, Inc., Cryovac International Holdings Inc., Diversey Brasil Indústria Quimica Ltda., Diversey Canada, Inc., Diversey Eastern and Central Africa Limited, Diversey Egypt Limited, Diversey Egypt One, Limited, Diversey Egypt Trading Company, S.A.E., Diversey Egypt Two, Limited, Diversey Europe Holdings C.V., Diversey Europe Investments B.V., Diversey Global Holdings C.V., Diversey Gulf FZE, Diversey Hygiene (Thailand) Co., Ltd., Diversey, Inc., Diversey Kimya Sanayi ve Ticaret A.S., Diversey Maroc S.A., Diversey Perú, S.A.C., Diversey Sverige AB, Diversey West Africa Limited, JWP Investments Offshore, Inc., PT Diversey Indonesia, Sealed Air Africa (Proprietary) Limited, Sealed Air (Asia) Holdings B.V., Sealed Air (Barbados) S.R.L., Sealed Air Central America, S.A., Sealed Air (China) Co., Ltd., Sealed Air Colombia Ltda., Sealed Air Corporation (US), Sealed Air Europe Holdings LP, Sealed Air Holdings (Pty) Ltd., Sealed Air Holdings South Africa Proprietary Limited, Sealed Air Hong Kong Trading Limited, Sealed Air (India) Private Limited, Sealed Air Luxembourg (I) S.a.r.l., Sealed Air Luxembourg (II) S.a.r.l., Sealed Air Saudi Arabia Limited, Sealed Air (Singapore) Pte. Ltd., Sealed Air Solutions Holdings, Inc., Sealed Air (Thailand) Limited, and Sealed Air Uruguay S.A.
The Company has retained Citi as its financial advisor and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP as its legal advisor.
SC Johnson & Son Brand License
Separately, Sealed Air announced today that its Diversey Care division has reached a mutual agreement with SC Johnson & Son (“SCJ”) to end the existing business relating to Sealed Air’s distribution of SCJ-branded products to the professional market under the existing Brand License Agreement (“BLA”). The companies agreed that the BLA will expire on May 2, 2017, with the exception of Australia, New Zealand, Argentina, Chile, Czech Republic and Poland, where the BLA expires on January 1, 2017. Both companies are committed to maintaining a continuous supply of SCJ-branded products to customers under the BLA.
New Diversey will be well-positioned to expand its relationships with existing partners, develop new partnerships and grow its own brands into new channels in the U.S. and globally.
Third Quarter Conference Call
Sealed Air has scheduled a conference call and webcast to discuss its third quarter results and the spin-off at 11:00 a.m. (ET) on Thursday, October 27, 2016.
The conference call will be webcast live on the Investor Relations home page at www.sealedair.com/investors. Listeners should go to the web site prior to the call to register and to download and install any necessary audio software. A replay of the webcast will also be available thereafter.
Investors who cannot access the webcast may listen to the conference call live via telephone by dialing (888) 680-0878 (domestic) or (617) 213-4855 (international) and use the participant code 72265248. To avoid registration wait times, teleconference participants may pre-register on the Investor Relations home page for a personalized PIN number to access the conference call. Telephonic replay of the webcast will be available starting at 3:00 p.m. (ET) on Thursday, October 27, 2016 and end on Saturday, November 26, 2016 at 2:59 p.m. (ET). To listen to the replay, please dial (888) 286-8010 (domestic) or (617) 801-6888 (international) and use the confirmation code 19315392.
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