Waste Management Inc (NYSE: WM) has agreed to acquire Advanced Disposal Services Inc (NYSE: ADSW), a Ponte Vedra, Florida-based solid waste company.
The deal, expected to close in Q1 2020, reflects an enterprise value of US$4.9 billion, including debt.
Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB), which owns about 19 percent of Advanced Disposal’s outstanding shares, agreed to vote for the transaction.
CPPIB invested US$280 million in Advanced Disposal in 2016.
Waste Management, a Houston, Texas-based waste management environmental services provider, said the acquisition grows its footprint in the Eastern United States.
Waste Management to Acquire Advanced Disposal for $4.9 Billion Adding Complementary Assets and Customer Base in the Eastern United States
Expected to be Immediately Accretive to Waste Management’s Earnings and Cash Flow
More than $100 Million of Projected Annual Cost and Capital Expenditure Synergies Expected to Result in a Post-Synergy Transaction Multiple Well Below Waste Management’s Current Trading Multiple
Joins Dedicated and Experienced Teams with Shared Commitments to Safety, Outstanding Customer Service and Operating Excellence
Both Waste Management and Advanced Disposal Remain Confident in the Strength of their Businesses and Expect to Achieve Previously Announced Full-Year Guidance, Excluding Transaction-Related Considerations
April 15, 2019
HOUSTON & PONTE VEDRA, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Waste Management, Inc. (NYSE: WM) and Advanced Disposal Services, Inc. (NYSE: ADSW) announced today that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which a subsidiary of Waste Management will acquire all outstanding shares of Advanced Disposal for $33.15 per share in cash, representing a total enterprise value of $4.9 billion when including approximately $1.9 billion of Advanced Disposal’s net debt. The per share price represents a premium of 22.1% to Advanced Disposal’s closing share price as of April 12, 2019, the last trading day prior to today’s announcement, and a premium of 20.9% to Advanced Disposal’s 30-day volume weighted average price as of the same date.
Waste Management is North America’s premier environmental solutions company. This acquisition grows Waste Management’s footprint and allows Waste Management to deliver to Advanced Disposal customers unparalleled access to differentiated, sustainable waste management and recycling services. With 2018 revenues of $1.56 billion, adjusted EBITDA of $427 million and approximately 6,000 employees, Advanced Disposal serves more than 3 million residential, commercial, and industrial customers, including over 800 municipalities primarily in 16 states in the Eastern half of the United States. Advanced Disposal’s solid waste network includes 94 collection operations, 73 transfer stations, 41 landfills, and 22 owned or operated recycling facilities.
“At Waste Management, we focus on creating value for all stakeholders, delivering on our commitments to employees, customers, community partners, shareholders and the environment. The acquisition of Advanced Disposal extends these commitments by adding complementary assets and operations as well as a team with a shared focus on safety, outstanding service and operational excellence,” said Jim Fish, President and Chief Executive Officer of Waste Management. “With this acquisition, we will grow our asset footprint to serve more customers and communities and generate significant growth and value creation opportunities for Waste Management’s shareholders and our combined company’s employee base. Waste Management’s disciplined capital allocation and balance sheet strength position us well to execute upon this unique opportunity to expand our scale and capabilities to serve an even broader customer base and realize the strategic and financial benefits the acquisition of Advanced Disposal creates.”
“We are pleased to have reached this milestone agreement with Waste Management to deliver an immediate cash premium to Advanced Disposal stockholders. We view Waste Management as an industry leader with one of the most respected brands in the nation,” said Richard Burke, Chief Executive Officer of Advanced Disposal. “This acquisition stands as a testament to the strength of the Advanced Disposal business and brings together two strong waste management teams with extensive environmental services expertise to better serve our customers and communities. We look forward to working with the Waste Management team to complete the transaction and ensure that we continue to deliver the highest quality service to our customers.”
Compelling Strategic and Financial Benefits
The acquisition advances Waste Management’s growth strategy and aligns with the Company’s financial goals, including growth in earnings per share, margins, and cash flow. Specifically, Waste Management expects the addition of Advanced Disposal to:
Expand Waste Management’s Footprint and Customer Base. This acquisition brings a high-quality, complementary asset network and customer base under Waste Management’s proven management team, who has a track record of operational excellence and a demonstrated ability to grow the margins and cash flows of the assets Waste Management has acquired.
Create Significant Synergies and Grow Waste Management’s Earnings and Cash Flows. Waste Management expects the transaction to generate more than $100 million in annual cost and capital expenditure synergies. The Advanced Disposal acquisition will be immediately accretive to Waste Management’s adjusted earnings per share and cash flow, with near-term benefits expected from core operating performance and SG&A cost savings. Incremental benefits from operating and capital efficiencies and network optimization will drive long-term margin expansion and improved free cash flow conversion.
Support Waste Management’s Capital Allocation Priorities. Waste Management’s strong balance sheet and significant free cash flow generation position it well to fund the acquisition. In 2019, Waste Management’s free cash flow will be directed to dividend payments, acquisitions and share repurchases sufficient to offset dilution from stock-based compensation plans. The Advanced Disposal acquisition will enhance Waste Management’s cash flow growth and support its commitment to grow shareholder returns. Waste Management currently expects to achieve targeted leverage and return to normal run-rate share repurchases within one year of the acquisition’s close.
Continue a Commitment to Outstanding Customer Service and Sustainable Waste Solutions. The acquisition will join two teams of dedicated employees who are passionate about helping to manage the environmental needs of customers and communities with outstanding service and a commitment to safety. Waste Management expects to continue making investments in employees, technology, and capital equipment to further grow the business, and ensure superior, reliable customer service, and generate strong returns.
The transaction is not subject to a financing condition. Waste Management intends to finance the transaction using a combination of bank debt and senior notes.
Following completion of the transaction, Waste Management expects to maintain a strong balance sheet and solid investment grade credit profile with a pro forma leverage ratio within the Company’s long-term targeted net debt-to-EBITDA range of 2.75x to 3.0x.
Timing and Approvals
The transaction, which was unanimously approved by the boards of directors of both companies, is expected to close by the first quarter of 2020, subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions, including regulatory approvals and approval by a majority of the holders of Advanced Disposal’s outstanding common shares.
In connection with the definitive agreement, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, which owns approximately 19% of Advanced Disposal’s outstanding shares, has, under the terms of a voting agreement, agreed to vote its shares in favor of the transaction.
Companies Confirm 2019 Guidance and Waste Management Confirms Schedule for Upcoming First Quarter 2019 Earnings Call
Both Waste Management and Advanced Disposal remain confident in the strength of their businesses and expect to achieve previously announced full-year guidance, excluding transaction-related considerations.
As previously announced, Waste Management will release its first quarter 2019 financial results before the opening of the market on Thursday, April 25, and will hold a conference call at 10 a.m. ET. On the call, Waste Management’s management team will also discuss the Advanced Disposal acquisition announcement.
Advanced Disposal will release its first quarter 2019 financial results on Tuesday, April 30, after closing of the market. In light of the pending acquisition, Advanced Disposal will no longer host its conference call on Wednesday, May 1 or attend the Macquarie Business Services Conference on Thursday, May 2 in Boston.
Centerview Partners LLC is serving as exclusive financial advisor to Waste Management, and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP and Vedder Price P.C. are serving as Waste Management’s legal counsel. UBS Investment Bank is serving as exclusive financial advisor to Advanced Disposal, and Shearman & Sterling LLP and Mayer Brown LLP are serving as Advanced Disposal’s legal counsel.
ABOUT WASTE MANAGEMENT
Waste Management, based in Houston, Texas, is the leading provider of comprehensive waste management environmental services in North America. Through its subsidiaries, Waste Management provides collection, transfer, disposal services, and recycling and resource recovery. It is also a leading developer, operator and owner of landfill gas-to-energy facilities in the United States. Waste Management’s customers include residential, commercial, industrial, and municipal customers throughout North America. To learn more information about Waste Management, visit www.wm.com or www.thinkgreen.com.
ABOUT ADVANCED DISPOSAL
Advanced Disposal, based in Ponte Vedra, Florida, is the fourth largest solid waste company in the U.S. and provides integrated, non-hazardous solid waste collection, recycling and disposal services to residential, commercial, industrial, and construction customers across 16 states and the Bahamas. To learn more information about Advanced Disposal, visit www.AdvancedDisposal.com.
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