|Minerals Technologies to Acquire AMCOL International|
MTI and AMCOL Enter into Definitive Merger Agreement
NEW YORK, NY and HOFFMAN ESTATES, IL-March 10, 2014-Minerals Technologies Inc. (NYSE: MTX) and AMCOL International Corporation (NYSE: ACO) announced today that they have signed a definitive merger agreement under which MTI will acquire AMCOL for $45.75 per share in cash, or a total value of approximately $1.7 billion. The transaction, which has been unanimously approved by the boards of directors of both companies, is expected to close in the first half of 2014 and is subject to customary closing conditions.
Prior to entering into this agreement with Minerals Technologies, AMCOL terminated its merger agreement with Paris-based Imerys S.A. In accordance with that agreement, AMCOL has paid Imerys' U.S. subsidiary a termination fee of $39 million.
Minerals Technologies and AMCOL are both world-renowned innovators in mineralogy, fine particle technology and polymer chemistry. This transaction will bring together the global leaders in precipitated calcium carbonate (PCC) and bentonite, creating an even more robust US-based international minerals supplier.
"The combination of MTI and AMCOL will create a minerals platform that is well-positioned for growth through geographic expansion and new product innovation," said Joseph C. Muscari, chairman and chief executive officer of Minerals Technologies. "We will be a leading industrial minerals company with more than $2 billion in sales, strong market positions, and a dedicated team focused on customer needs. We look forward to welcoming AMCOL employees to MTI. Together, we will be better positioned to take advantage of even more opportunities for innovation and growth in the global minerals industry."
Ryan McKendrick, chief executive officer of AMCOL, said: "This transaction demonstrates the AMCOL Board's commitment to maximizing value for our shareholders. We look forward to working with Minerals Technologies to ensure a smooth transition and complete the transaction as expeditiously as possible."
Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP is acting as legal counsel to Minerals Technologies and Lazard is acting as its lead financial advisor. J.P. Morgan is also acting as a financial advisor to MTI. Kirkland & Ellis LLP is acting as legal counsel and Goldman, Sachs & Co. is serving as exclusive financial advisor to AMCOL.
The tender offer described in this press release has not yet commenced. This press release is for informational purposes only and it is neither an offer to purchase nor a solicitation of an offer to sell shares of AMCOL's common stock. At the time any such tender offer is commenced, Minerals Technologies will file a Tender Offer Statement, containing an offer to purchase, a form of letter of transmittal and other related tender offer documents with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"), and AMCOL will file a Solicitation/Recommendation Statement relating to such tender offer with the SEC. AMCOL's stockholders are strongly advised to read these tender offer materials carefully and in their entirety when they become available, as they may be amended from time to time, because they will contain important information about such tender offer that AMCOL's stockholders should consider prior to making any decisions with respect to such tender offer. Once filed, stockholders of AMCOL will be able to obtain a free copy of these documents at the website maintained by the SEC at www.sec.gov.
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This press release may contain forward-looking statements that describe or are based on current expectations; including statements of anticipated changes in the business environment in which each company operates and in each company's future operating results, as well as the potential benefits of a transaction with AMCOL. Actual results may differ materially from these expectations. In addition, any statements that are not historical fact (including statements containing the words "believes," "plans," "anticipates," "expects," "estimates," "will," and similar expressions) should also be considered to be forward-looking statements. Neither company undertakes any obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise. Forward-looking statements in this document should be evaluated together with the many uncertainties that affect each company's businesses, particularly those mentioned in the risk factors and other cautionary statements in our respective 2013 Annual Reports on Form 10-K and in our other reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
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