…For The Acquisition Of Spectrum Brands’ Battery And Portable Lighting Products Business
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.