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Saint-Gobain Reinforces its Leadership in Light and Sustainable Construction in North America by Signing a Definitive Agreement to Acquire Kaycan, Top Siding Player in Canada

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MALVERN, Pa., May 31, 2022--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Saint-Gobain announces today that it has entered into a definitive agreement pursuant to which the Group will acquire Kaycan, Ltd., a family-owned manufacturer and distributor of exterior building materials in Canada and in the United States, for US$928 million (approximately €860 million) in cash.

With this acquisition, Saint-Gobain reinforces its worldwide leadership in light and sustainable construction by becoming the top siding player in Canada and enlarging its vinyl offer across the United States with complementary solutions including notably aluminum and engineered wood.

The price represents a multiple (before synergies) of approximately 11.2x Kaycan’s 2021-2022E1 EBITDA of US$83 million and a net acquisition price of approximately US$820 million, i.e. a multiple of approximately 8.0x EBITDA post run-rate synergies of US$30 million and after the planned divestiture of the small United States distribution arm of Kaycan (that accounts for c.US$70 million in stand-alone resell of Kaycan products to third parties and c.US$10 million in EBITDA, assumed to be sold at a similar pre-synergy multiple to a third party shortly after the finalization of the transaction), while keeping the locally well-established Canadian distribution.

This acquisition meets the Group’s strategic and financial criteria articulated during the Capital Markets Day of October 6, 2021:

  1. Strengthening the Group’s leadership in North America as well as enriching our offering in light and sustainable construction

  2. Value creation by year 3 following the closing of the transaction

  3. Maintaining a strong balance sheet and solid credit rating with a limited impact of +0.1x net debt to EBITDA with leverage staying within the target set (1.5 to 2.0x)

Closing of the transaction is subject to antitrust approvals and satisfaction of other customary closing conditions; it is expected to close by year-end 2022.

STRATEGIC BENEFITS

Kaycan is a leading exterior building materials player with US$472 million in revenues – more than half in Canada and the remainder in the United States, 12 manufacturing plants (of which 9 in Canada) and employing around 1,300 people. It is the leading manufacturer of siding products in Canada which it sells thanks to its well-known and trusted brand via its dedicated distribution and strong channel coverage in big box retail, providing unparalleled customer reach across the country and with recycling services of post-consumption materials which can in turn be incorporated into the production process. Leveraging the highly efficient country organization of Saint-Gobain, this acquisition will complement the Group’s leadership in Canada (where Saint-Gobain achieved 2021 sales of around CAD$750 million across gypsum, insulation, ceilings and roofing) allowing it to broaden the light and sustainable construction solutions offered for the benefit of its Canadian customers. It will also allow Saint-Gobain to strengthen and expand its channel coverage and partnerships to reach new customers in the light commercial market.

The acquisition also enables Saint-Gobain to reinforce its activities in siding in the United States and will allow the Group to broaden its offer towards the growing markets of aluminum and engineered wood siding solutions, manufactured using a high degree of recycled materials.

VALUE CREATION & SYNERGIES

A value-creative transaction for Saint-Gobain’s shareholders with significant synergies. This acquisition will create value by year 3 following closing of the transaction. Saint-Gobain will finance the acquisition through cash on its balance sheet. Significant synergy opportunities are estimated at c. US$30 million by year 3 following the closing of the operation, including cost synergies of c. US$23 million which are expected to be captured through the reduction of SG&A, economies of scale in procurement, and manufacturing and logistics cost optimization.

Benoit Bazin, Chief Executive Officer of Saint-Gobain, commented:

"The acquisition of Kaycan is an excellent step for Saint-Gobain and I am very enthusiastic to warmly welcome the Kaycan teams into the Group. Not only does this acquisition allow us to strengthen our presence in siding both in Canada and in the United States, but it also allows us to broaden our offering into the exciting growth areas of aluminum and engineered wood siding, largely made with recycled materials and thus helping to drive the circular economy ecosystem in construction. It is perfectly aligned with the "Grow & Impact" strategy announced at our Capital Markets Day and reinforces our position in North America and as the worldwide leader in light and sustainable construction. It will create significant value for shareholders, enhance the profitable growth outlook of the Group, enrich our solutions for customers and provide attractive development opportunities for the Kaycan and Saint-Gobain teams."

Lionel Dubrofsky, President of Kaycan, commented:

"Today marks the beginning of an exciting new chapter of Kaycan’s history. Ever since my family founded Kaycan in 1974, our team has been laser-focused on providing the best customer service possible throughout Canada and the United States, all while pushing the boundaries of imagination and innovation to expand our product portfolio over the past decades. Now we have the opportunity to join Saint-Gobain, a renowned leader in light and sustainable construction. We are filled with gratitude for our team’s hard work over the past 48 years, and we’re thrilled to see what comes next for our combined companies."

The planned acquisition of Kaycan follows several other North American growth investments announced by Saint-Gobain in recent months:

  • In May, Saint-Gobain announced a $100 Million expansion of its CertainTeed roofing facility in Peachtree City, Georgia, more than doubling the site’s production capacity while also reducing its carbon dioxide emissions.

  • Also in May, the company announced a $28 Million investment in its ADFORS technical textile products facility in Dublin, Georgia, creating 400 jobs over the next two years.

  • In April, Saint-Gobain announced it was doubling the manufacturing footprint of its CertainTeed Architectural manufacturing site in Lakewood, Ohio by moving to a new, state-of-the-art location in nearby Strongsville, Ohio.

  • Also in April, Saint-Gobain announced a $118 Million expansion of its CertainTeed roofing plant in Oxford, North Carolina, adding an additional 225,000 square feet of manufacturing space to what was already one of the largest roofing shingle manufacturing sites in North America.

  • In February, the company invested $32 Million in its CertainTeed insulation manufacturing site in Chowchilla, California, increasing the location’s production capacity by 13% while also reducing its carbon footprint.

  • In December, Saint-Gobain announced its intent to purchase construction chemicals manufacturer GCP Applied Technologies for $2.3 Billion.

About CertainTeed

Through the responsible development of innovative and sustainable building products, CertainTeed, headquartered in Malvern, Pennsylvania, has helped shape the building products industry for more than 115 years. Founded in 1904 as General Roofing Manufacturing Company, the firm’s slogan "Quality Made Certain, Satisfaction Guaranteed," inspired the name CertainTeed. Today, CertainTeed is a leading North American brand of exterior and interior building products, including roofing, siding, solar, fence, railing, trim, insulation, drywall and ceilings. www.certainteed.com.

About Saint-Gobain

Worldwide leader in light and sustainable construction, Saint-Gobain designs, manufactures and distributes materials and services for the construction and industrial markets. Its integrated solutions for the renovation of public and private buildings, light construction and the decarbonization of construction and industry are developed through a continuous innovation process and provide sustainability and performance. The Group’s commitment is guided by its purpose, "MAKING THE WORLD A BETTER HOME."

€44.2 billion in sales in 2021
166,000 employees, located in 75 countries
Committed to achieving Carbon Neutrality by 2050

For more details on Saint-Gobain, visit http://www.saint-gobain.com and follow us on Twitter @saintgobain.

1 2021-2022E = fiscal year starting August 1, 2021 and ending July 31st, 2022

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Saint-Gobain Corporate Communications
Media@saint-gobain.com