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RRD to be acquired by Chatham for $10.85 per share in cash


December 15, 2021
By PrintAction Staff

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R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company enters into a definitive merger agreement to be acquired by affiliates of Chatham Asset Management, a private investment firm, in an all-cash transaction with a total enterprise value of approximately $2.3 billion and total equity value of approximately $897 million.

RRD terminates its previously announced merger agreement with affiliates of Atlas Holdings. The termination of the agreement follows a decision by Atlas to waive its contractual opportunity through December 16, 2021, to negotiate an amendment of the agreement such that the transaction contemplated by the Chatham Merger Agreement would no longer constitute a “Superior Proposal,” as defined in the Amended Atlas Merger Agreement.

The Chatham Merger Agreement has been unanimously approved by the RRD board. Under the terms of the Chatham Merger Agreement, an affiliate of Chatham will acquire all of the RRD common stock not already owned by affiliates of Chatham for $10.85 per share in cash. The purchase price represents a premium of 4.8 per cent over $10.35, the price per share of RRD common stock under the Amended Atlas Merger Agreement.

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“This transaction, which follows a robust and thorough process, is a recognition of the enormous value created by our talented employees, whose passion and dedication to the success of RRD and our clients has enabled us to achieve this important milestone,” said Dan Knotts, RRD president and CEO. “Under Chatham’s ownership, I expect RRD will remain an industry leading marketing and business communications company, with enhanced resources and flexibility, to effectively meet the evolving needs of our clients.”

“As a longstanding, supportive investor in RRD, we are pleased to have reached this agreement with the company. RRD possesses a strong portfolio of assets and capabilities, and we look forward to leveraging our deep understanding of its business, as well as our extensive experience in the print media and related industries, to drive long-term value for all stakeholders,” said Chatham.