Jarden to Buy Yankee Candle

Posted on September 3, 2013 @ 11:42 am

Jarden Corporation, a global consumer products company, announced today that it has entered into a definitive purchase agreement to acquire Yankee Candle Investments LLC, from a fund managed by private equity firm Madison Dearborn Partners, LLC.

The deal is for approximately $1.75 billion in cash. The transaction is expected to close early in the fourth quarter of 2013.

The transaction will extend Jarden's portfolio of market-leading, consumer brands in niche, seasonal staple categories, while creating opportunities in cross-selling, broadening the global distribution platform, and deepening Jarden's talent bench.

Upon closing the transaction, Jarden would have pro forma net sales and adjusted EBITDA of approximately $7.7 billion and $1.0 billion, respectively, for the twelve months ended June 30, 2013.

As an addition to Jarden's Branded Consumables segment, Yankee Candle will further balance Jarden's portfolio, expanding this segment to approximately 35% of combined sales. The transaction is expected to be funded with cash on hand, common equity and the balance through a mix of bank debt and bonds.

Martin E. Franklin, founder and executive chairman, Jarden, commented, "We are delighted to announce this acquisition, which is consistent with our more than ten-year track record of success in acquiring leading consumer brands synonymous with their niche categories. The iconic Yankee Candle brand is a natural extension of our existing portfolio and of our Branded Consumables business segment.

Franklin continued, "As a successful, well-managed and well-invested business, Yankee Candle is a solid platform for us to leverage our proven, time-tested and portable brand-building approach and to drive additional value through investments in brand equity, product development and innovation. As our first significant acquisition since April 2010, Yankee Candle embodies all of the characteristics of our market-leading brands, while offering a compelling financial and strategic value proposition."

Harlan M. Kent, president and CEO, Yankee Candle, added, "This is a transformative milestone for Yankee Candle. Over the past 40 years, we have built a truly iconic brand with a deeply loyal customer base. Jarden is well known as a stable, long-term owner of businesses, and this will provide us with a perfect platform on which to grow."

Kent continued, "This acquisition provides us with the resources and scale necessary to drive our future success and will further strengthen our existing product development and distribution capabilities. Jarden's similar niche consumer strategy and complementary consumer portfolio will help to accelerate our expansion. I'd like to thank all of Yankee Candle's employees for their ongoing dedication to the business and hope they share in my excitement as we look forward to the next stage of our growth as part of the Jarden family."