BlueScope Steel to Acquire Coil Coatings Business From Cornerstone Building Brands

by KathyW

BlueScope Steel Limited has entered into a binding agreement to acquire the Coil Coatings business from Cornerstone Building Brands Inc (NYSE:CNR) for US$500 million, a bourse filing noted.

Coil Coatings is the second largest metal painter in the US, with a total capacity of around 900,000 tons per annum across seven facilities, predominantly serving commercial and industrial construction applications.

BlueScope Managing Director and CEO Mark Vassella said the acquisition of Coil Coatings almost triples BlueScope’s “US metallic coating and painting capacity to over 1.3 million metric tons per annum, from around 475,000 tons per annum at present, and gives us immediate and direct access to the large and growing Eastern US region.”

“Following the completion of the acquisition of Coil Coatings, the US$770 million investment in the expansion of North Star, the US$220 million establishment of BlueScope Recycling and the continued investment in the BlueScope Properties Group, the Company’s investment in North America now totals over A$4.5 billion, employing more than 4,000 employees.”

The purchase price of US$500 million represents approximately 8.9 times CY2021 pro-forma EBITDA of US$56 million, including year three synergies. Following completion, Cornerstone Building Brands will remain a key customer of the business.

The acquisition will be fully funded from cash on the balance sheet and will be immediately accretive to earnings per share. BlueScope remains in a strong position to continue to execute on its previously announced projects and on-market buy-back.

The transaction is targeted for completion in calendar year 2022, subject to regulatory approval and other customary closing conditions.

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