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Stanley Black & Decker Completes Acquisitions Of MTD Holdings And Excel Industries

Original source: The FocusOn Group Inc


Stanley Black & Decker (NYSE: SWK) today announced that it has successfully completed the acquisition of two leading companies in the growing outdoor power equipment industry, including purchasing the remaining 80 percent ownership stake in MTD Holdings Inc ("MTD") and the acquisition of Excel Industries ("Excel").

These transactions establish Stanley Black & Decker as a U.S. based global leader in outdoor products and complement the Company's position as the fastest growing provider of cordless electric outdoor power equipment with strong brands such as DEWALT®, CRAFTSMAN® and BLACK+DECKER®.

Stanley Black & Decker's CEO, James M. Loree commented, "The combination of these two high-quality, complementary businesses with our existing outdoor business creates a powerful growth engine with approximately $4 billion in annual revenue across the $25 billion-plus outdoor power equipment industry. These transactions will be accretive to our 2022 earnings and have the potential of further margin expansion as we integrate these great businesses. Combined, this is a platform well positioned for growth and to lead the electrification of outdoor products with a strong portfolio of iconic brands, industry-leading innovation and extensive engineering and manufacturing capabilities. In addition, the acquisitions add deep customer relationships in retail and more than 2,500 independent equipment dealer outlets serving the professional category.  We welcome the 8,100 associates from MTD and Excel to Stanley Black & Decker and look forward to a seamless integration process." 

The purchase price for the two transactions totaled $1.9 billion inclusive of standard purchase price adjustments. 

Inspiring people to care for and enjoy the outdoors, MTD is known for innovative and award-winning lawn mowers, snow blowers, trimmers, and outdoor power equipment for both residential and commercial markets. The company was founded in 1932 and is headquartered in Valley City, Ohio. The MTD family of brands includes Cub Cadet®, Troy-Bilt®, Robomow®, Rover®, and WOLF-Garten® – all backed by a strong network of MTD support focused on uncompromising quality, service and value through advanced manufacturing. MTD brands and products can be found in leading mass retailers and independent retail channels, including home improvement and hardware stores, independent dealers, and farm supply stores. MTD has state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities in North America and Europe, and a global distribution network.

Founded and based in Hesston, Kansas, Excel is a leading designer and manufacturer of premium commercial and residential turf equipment under the distinct brands of Hustler Turf Equipment (Hustler) and BigDog Mower Co. (BigDog). In 1964, Excel introduced The Hustler, creating an entirely new product category now known as the zero-turn mower. Excel serves 1,400 active independent equipment dealer outlets that stock, sell and service Hustler and BigDog products in the United States and Canada.

EPS Outlook

For 2022, the Company continues to expect these acquisitions to contribute approximately $0.50 of EPS accretion.  Stanley Black & Decker is incorporating $0.20 - $0.30 of deal related charges into its full-year 2021 GAAP earnings per share guidance as referenced in our October 28, 2021 earnings release and in an 8K filed on November 12, 2021. Accordingly, the Company is updating GAAP guidance to $9.70 - $10.05 (From $10.00 - $10.25).  There is no change to the full-year 2021 non-GAAP adjusted EPS guidance range of $10.70 - $10.90.

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