Headwaters Incorporated Enters into an Agreement to Acquire the Assets of
Kleer Lumber, Inc.
SOUTH JORDAN, Utah -- December 17, 2012
HEADWATERS INCORPORATED (NYSE: HW), a building products company dedicated to
improving lives through innovative advancements in construction materials,
today announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire the assets of
Kleer Lumber, Inc., a manufacturer of high quality and eco-friendly cellular
PVC trim board and moulding products. The acquisition of Kleer Lumber will add
a full range of cellular PVC products to Headwaters' Light Building Products
offerings, including trim boards, millwork, sheet stock, paneling, and
moulding, as well as the company's recently introduced decking and railing
products. Kleer Lumber's trim boards offer the TruEDGE feature, a proprietary
and innovative technology that seals edges, improving trim board performance
and appearance. Kleer Lumber's products are manufactured at its Westfield,
Massachusetts manufacturing and research and development facility.
Headwaters believes the demand for cellular PVC building products is growing
due to the ability to cut, mill, shape, and install in the same manner as wood
products, but with the added benefit of cellular PVC requiring significantly
less maintenance than wood.
Headwaters intends to introduce Kleer Lumber's product offerings into its
large, national distribution network, expanding its point of sale locations.
In addition, Kleer Lumber primarily distributes its products into independent
lumber yards and home improvement centers located in the Northeast and
Mid-Atlantic states. Headwaters’ increased access to this distribution channel
for its existing products will expand Headwaters’ already extensive light
building products distribution network.
Since commencement of operations in 2005, Kleer Lumber has exhibited
increasing sales and profit growth despite the recent declines in the broader
repair and remodel and new residential construction markets. From 2009 to
date, Kleer Lumber's sales increased at a compound annual growth rate of more
than 18%, with sales of approximately $38 million for the twelve months ended
October 31, 2012. This increase in sales growth reflects a combination of the
introduction of new products and an increase in sales of existing products.
The Kleer Lumber acquisition is expected to be immediately accretive to
Headwaters’ earnings per share.
Headwaters’ proposed acquisition of Kleer Lumber, which is targeted to close
by December 31, 2012, is subject to customary closing conditions. Accordingly,
Headwaters cannot be certain that the acquisition will close on this timeframe
or at all.
Stifel Nicolaus Weisel served as exclusive financial advisor to Headwaters in
connection with the acquisition.
About Headwaters Incorporated
Headwaters Incorporated is dedicated to improving the design, remodeling and
construction experience through advancements in construction materials.
Headwaters is focused on growing its operations within the light building
products and heavy construction material industries. Because of Headwaters'
broad distribution system and superior reputation for quality, it is a market
leader in all of its key niche product categories. www.headwaters.com
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AT THE COMPANY:
Vice President of Investor Relations
Tricia Ross, 916-939-7285
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