Staples to buy Office Depot for $6.3 billion

In a move quicker than many industry pundits anticipated following yesterday's rumours, Staples has agreed to buy Office Depot.


The transaction values Office Depot at $11 per share – a premium of 44% over the closing price of Office Depot shares as of 2 February, and a premium of 65% over the 90-day average closing price of Office Depot shares – giving it an equity value of $6.3 billion.

According to the official press statement, Staples began discussions to acquire Office Depot in September 2014 and each company’s board of directors has now unanimously approved the agreement.

With the acquisition of Office Depot, Staples will have pro forma annual sales of approximately $39 billion and expects to generate at least $1 billion of annualised cost synergies by the third full fiscal year post-closing, with an estimated one-time cost of around $1 billion to achieve its synergy target.

Staples CEO Ron Sargent said:  “We expect to recognise at least $1 billion of synergies as we aggressively reduce global expenses and optimise our retail footprint. These savings will dramatically accelerate our strategic reinvention which is focused on driving growth in our delivery businesses and in categories beyond office supplies.”

Following the closing of the transaction, Staples’ newly constituted board of directors will increase in size from 11 members to 13 members and include two Office Depot directors approved by Staples. Staples’ corporate headquarters will remain in Framingham and Sargent will continue to serve as Staples’ Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including antitrust regulatory and Office Depot shareholder approval, and is expected to close by the end of 2015. During this time, Staples said it will remain focused on its strategic reinvention plan, while Office Depot will remain focused on its integration of OfficeMax.

Office Depot CEO Roland Smith added that the transaction “delivers great value for our shareholders and creates a company ideally positioned to serve our customers and grow over the long term”.

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