DuPont to acquire Laird Performance Materials for $2.3 billion

Global chemicals and techno-materials major DuPont is acquiring Laird Performance Materials for $2.3 billion,  in a deal that will add critical capabilities and market leading offerings in thermal management and electromagnetic shielding essential to emerging electronic applications.

DuPont on Monday announced the signing of a definitive agreement with private equity firm Advent International, which owns Laird Performance Materials for $2.3 billion, which will be paid from existing cash balances. 
The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of 2021, subject to regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions, DuPont stated in a release.
Laird Performance Materials is a world leader in high-performance electromagnetic shielding and thermal management with a comprehensive offering of performance components and solutions that manage heat and protect devices from electromagnetic interference. With a workforce of over 4,300 and a global network of 11 manufacturing sites in North America, Europe, and Asia the company reported 2020 revenues of $465 million. 
Laird Performance Materials has consistently delivered high single-digit growth rates and highly attractive gross and adjusted EBITDA margins (~50 per cent and ~30 per cent, respectively). With strong growth and a best-in-class financial profile, Laird Performance Materials is aligned with DuPont’s strategic objective of shifting its portfolio increasingly towards differentiated products in attractive markets with long-term secular growth trends. 
“The acquisition of Laird Performance Materials is a significant step in advancing DuPont’s strategy to grow as a global innovation leader and premier multi-industrial company. Laird Performance Materials is a strategic and complementary addition to the Electronics & Industrial (E&I) business, and our applied material science expertise together with Laird Performance Materials’ industry-leading application engineering capabilities further strengthens DuPont as an essential partner for major electronics OEMs and manufacturers,”  Ed Breen, executive chairman and chief executive officer of DuPont, stated.
“The transaction brings together DuPont’s technology portfolio in films, laminates, and plating chemistry with Laird Performance Materials’ electromagnetic shielding and thermal management solutions. With a best-in-class innovation and product portfolio, the combined organization will be a leader in rapidly growing advanced electronics applications supporting smart/autonomous vehicles, 5G telecommunications, artificial intelligence, internet of things, and high-performance computing, DuPont stated in a release.
“Laird Performance Materials is an outstanding business. Following a strategic refocus and investment in the company’s product offerings and talent, the business has achieved strong growth. We believe that DuPont will be an excellent partner for Laird Performance Materials. The combined organisation will be ideally placed to provide customers with a unique and broad range of comprehensive and innovative solutions,” Shonnel Malani, managing director at Advent International, stated.
DuPont expects to realise approximately $60 million in pre-tax run-rate cost synergies by the end of 2024 with the majority realised in the first 18 months post-closing. The estimated one-time cost to achieve these synergies is approximately $40 million. After adjusting for one-time costs and deal-related amortisation, DuPont expects the deal to be accretive to its operating EBITDA margins, free cash flow, and adjusted EPS within the first 12 months and to achieve high single-digit ROIC by year five. The enterprise value multiple of the transaction is approximately 15x estimated 2021 EBITDA on a stand-alone basis and approximately 11x, including cost synergies.
“This transaction represents another strategic step forward in sharpening our focus and directing our investments towards high-value, high-growth opportunities. We remain committed to a balanced capital allocation policy that delivers strong returns to shareholders and includes organic growth, targeted M&A, and shareholder remuneration,” said Breen.
JP Morgan is serving as DuPont’s financial advisor and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP is serving as legal counsel. Morgan Stanley & Co International plc  and Rothschild & Co. are serving as Advent International’s financial advisors and Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP is serving as legal counsel.
DuPont is a global innovation leader offering technology-based materials and solutions to industries and everyday life. Its business interests extend to key markets, including electronics, transportation, construction, water, healthcare and worker safety.