R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company (RRD) enters into a definitive merger agreement to be acquired by affiliates of Atlas Holdings LLC, which operates a global family of manufacturing and distribution businesses, in an all-cash transaction with a total enterprise value of approximately $2.1 billion.
The merger agreement has been unanimously approved by RRD’s board of directors. Under the terms of the merger agreement, Atlas will acquire all of the outstanding shares of RRD common stock, and RRD stockholders will receive $8.52 per share in cash for each share of RRD common stock.
“The RRD board regularly reviews the company’s strategic priorities, and today’s announcement is a culmination of a thorough, multi-year process to maximize value for RRD stockholders,” said John Pope, RRD board chair. “After a careful and thorough analysis, the RRD board believes that this transaction, which delivers an immediate premium and certain cash value, is in the best interest of RRD and our stockholders. We look forward to working with Atlas to complete this value enhancing transaction.”
“Today’s announcement represents an exciting next phase of RRD’s journey,” said Dan Knotts, RRD president and CEO. “This transaction is truly a testament to our talented employees, whose passion for and dedication to serving our clients has helped build our company into the industry leading marketing and business communications company we are today. Under our new ownership structure, they will have access to even more career building opportunities in the future.”
“We are excited to have reached this agreement to acquire R.R. Donnelley and Sons, an iconic name in the business communications, marketing and printing industries. Atlas is a trusted partner for businesses that have both a demonstrated record of innovation and customer service and, at the same time, clear opportunities for continued growth. That is precisely what we see in RRD. We look forward to working with RRD’s talented and experienced team and welcoming RRD’s associates into the Atlas Family,” said Tim Fazio, Atlas co-founder and managing partner.
Under the terms of the merger agreement, RRD may solicit additional acquisition proposals from third parties for a period of 25 calendar days from the signing of the merger agreement.
The transaction is expected to close in the first half of 2022, subject to customary closing conditions. Upon completion of the transaction, RRD will become a private company.
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