Koch Industries to Acquire Molex (MOLX) for $38.50/Share

September 9, 2013 8:02 AM EDT Send to a Friend
Molex, Inc. (NASDAQ: MOLX) has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by Koch Industries, Inc., one of the world’s largest and most successful private companies. Under the terms of the agreement, Koch Industries will acquire all of Molex’s outstanding shares, including the Common Stock (MOLX), the Class A Common Stock (MOLXA) and the Class B Common Stock, for $38.50 per share in cash, for a total equity value of approximately $7.2 billion. Based on the closing stock prices on September 6, 2013, the purchase price represents a 42% premium to the equity value of Molex’s publicly-traded stock, specifically a 31% premium to the Common Stock and a 56% premium to the Class A Common Stock.

The agreement has been approved by both the Molex and the Koch Industries boards of directors. Certain members of the Krehbiel Family and certain executive officers of Molex, owning in the aggregate voting stock representing approximately 32% of the Common Stock and 94% of the Class B Common Stock, have entered into voting agreements with Koch by which they have agreed to vote their stock in support of the transaction.

At the close of the transaction, Molex will become a standalone subsidiary of Koch Industries and will continue to be operated by the company’s current management team. Molex, with a 75-year history of industry-leading product innovation, will retain the company name following the transaction as well as its headquarters in Lisle, Illinois.

The transaction is not subject to a financing condition, and the parties are targeting a calendar year-end close, subject to customary closing conditions, including receipt of shareholder and regulatory approvals.

William Blair & Company and BDT & Company are serving as lead financial advisors to Molex in connection with this transaction, and Goldman, Sachs & Co. provided a fairness opinion and other financial advice. Dentons is acting as Molex’s legal advisor. Koch is represented by Latham & Watkins LLP in connection with the transaction.




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