ST. LOUIS and MIDDLETON, Wis., March 29, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Energizer Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: ENR) (“Energizer”) and Spectrum Brands Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: SPB) (“Spectrum Brands”) today announced that the Federal Trade Commission has allowed expiration of the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended (“HSR Act”), with respect to the previously announced acquisition by Energizer of Spectrum Brands’ battery and lighting products business.
“We look forward to closing the acquisition of Spectrum Brands’ battery and lighting products business and welcoming their global team into the Energizer family,” said Alan Hoskins, Chief Executive Officer, Energizer Holdings, Inc. “The combination will expand our presence in a number of international markets, broaden our product portfolio and manufacturing capabilities, and increase our ability to bring innovative new products to consumers.”
“We are pleased to achieve this milestone and take a significant step toward completing our transaction with Energizer. Once the transaction closes, Energizer will be well positioned to deliver the necessary resources and market expertise, and provide strong support for our people and the business’ future growth plans. For Spectrum Brands, we are continuing to execute our strategic plan to becoming a faster-growing and higher-margin company,” said David Maura, Executive Chairman of Spectrum Brands Holdings.
The expiration of the waiting period under the HSR Act satisfies one of the closing conditions of the pending transaction. The transaction remains subject to other customary closing conditions, including regulatory approvals in several jurisdictions outside the United States. Both parties expect the transaction to close in the second half of calendar 2018.
King & Spalding LLP served as counsel for Energizer with Norman Armstrong, Jr. as lead antitrust counsel. Kirkland & Ellis LLP served as counsel for Spectrum with Matthew Reilly as lead antitrust counsel.
About Energizer Holdings, Inc.
Energizer Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: ENR), headquartered in St. Louis, MO, is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of primary batteries and portable lighting products and is anchored by its two globally recognized brands Energizer® and Eveready®. Energizer is also a leading designer and marketer of automotive fragrance and appearance products from recognized brands such as Refresh Your Car!®, California Scents®, Driven®, Bahama & Co.®, LEXOL® and Eagle One®. As a global branded distributor of consumer products, our mission is to lead the charge to deliver value to our customers and consumers better than anyone else. Visit www.energizerholdings.com for more details.
About Spectrum Brands Holdings, Inc.
Spectrum Brands Holdings, a member of the Russell 1000 Index, is a global and diversified consumer products company and a leading supplier of consumer batteries, residential locksets, residential builders’ hardware, plumbing, shaving and grooming products, personal care products, small household appliances, specialty pet supplies, lawn and garden and home pest control products, personal insect repellents, and auto care products. Helping to meet the needs of consumers worldwide, our Company offers a broad portfolio of market-leading, well-known and widely trusted brands including Rayovac®, VARTA®, Kwikset®, Weiser®, Baldwin®, National Hardware®, Pfister®, Remington®, George Foreman®, Black + Decker®, Tetra®, Marineland®, Nature’s Miracle®, Dingo®, 8-in-1®, FURminator®, IAMS® and Eukanuba® (Europeonly), Healthy-Hide®, Digest-eeze™, Littermaid®, Spectracide®, Cutter®, Repel®, Hot Shot®, Black Flag®, Liquid Fence®, Armor All®, STP® and A/C PRO®. Spectrum Brands’ products are sold in approximately 160 countries. In fiscal 2017, Spectrum Brands Holdings generated net sales from continuing operations of approximately $3.0 billion. For more information, visit www.spectrumbrands.com.
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