Louisiana Pacific Announces Deal to Buy Ainsworth for C$3.76/Share, Deal Valued at ~$1.1B, Total Compensation 52% Cash, 48% Shares
Louisiana-Pacific Corporation (“LP” or the “Company”) (NYSE: LPX) and Ainsworth Lumber Co. Ltd. today announced that they have signed a definitive agreement under which LP will acquire all of the outstanding common shares of Ainsworth for a total consideration which equates to C$3.76 per Ainsworth common share, based on the closing price of LP common shares on September 3, 2013.
The proposed transaction, which has a total value of approximately USD$1.1 billion, including the assumption of debt less Ainsworth's estimated cash balance, represents a premium for Ainsworth shareholders of 30% relative to the closing price of Ainsworth shares of C$2.89 and 24% to the volume weighted average trading price of Ainsworth shares on the TSX over the past 20 trading days as of September 3, 2013. The proposed transaction has the unanimous support of the Ainsworth Board of Directors. Additionally, private equity funds managed by Brookfield Asset Management Inc., (the “Brookfield Funds”) which own 54% of Ainsworth, have entered into an agreement to vote in favor of the transaction.
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