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BofA, Citigroup to Provide Financing in Revlon’s Acquisition of Elizabeth Arden

June 17, 2016, 08:01 AM
Filed Under: Consumer Products

Revlon, Inc. and Elizabeth Arden, Inc. announced that they have signed a definitive agreement under which Revlon will acquire all of the outstanding shares of Elizabeth Arden for $14.00 per share in cash, representing an enterprise value for Elizabeth Arden of approximately $870 million.

By bringing together two highly complementary, iconic brand portfolios, Revlon will benefit from greater scale, an expanded global footprint, and a significant presence across all major beauty channels and categories, including the addition of Elizabeth Arden’s growing prestige skin care, color cosmetics and fragrances. The combination will leverage Revlon’s scale across major vendors and manufacturing partners, improving distribution and procurement. Cost synergies of approximately $140 million are expected to be achieved through the elimination of duplicative activities, leveraging purchasing scale, and optimizing the manufacturing and distribution networks of the combined company. The companies anticipate that they will achieve additional growth opportunities in both sales channels and geographies.

Under the terms of the agreement, Revlon will acquire all of the outstanding shares of Elizabeth Arden for $14.00 per share in cash, which represents a 50% premium over Elizabeth Arden’s closing share price of $9.31 on June 16, 2016. The transaction, including repayment of Elizabeth Arden debt and preferred stock, implies an enterprise value for Elizabeth Arden of approximately $870 million.

BofA Merrill Lynch and Citigroup Global Markets Inc. have committed approximately $2.6 billion of financing to fund the acquisition and refinance Elizabeth Arden’s existing debt, as well as Revlon’s existing bank term loan and revolving credit facility. Revlon’s existing senior notes will remain outstanding. Assuming full realization of expected multi-year synergies and cost reductions of approximately $140 million, Revlon expects pro forma leverage will be approximately 4.2x Net Debt/Adjusted EBITDA by the end of 2016. The combined company will be well positioned to de-lever based on its anticipated strong cash flow.

Moelis & Company served as lead financial advisor to Revlon. BofA Merrill Lynch and Citi also served as financial advisors to Revlon. Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy and Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP served as legal counsel to Revlon. Centerview Partners LLC served as financial advisor and Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP served as legal counsel to Elizabeth Arden for the transaction.

Revlon is a global beauty company that provides a range of cosmetics, hair color, hair care and hair treatments, beauty tools, men’s grooming products, antiperspirant deodorants, fragrances, skin care, and other beauty care products.

Elizabeth Arden is a global prestige beauty products company with an extensive portfolio of prestige beauty brands sold in over 120 countries.

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