The transaction provides immediate value to RSC stockholders through the cash component, as well as continued participation in future value creation of United Rentals through their ownership of approximately 30% percent of United Rentals on a fully diluted basis. The price of $18.00 per share represents a 58% premium over RSC’s closing price as of December 15, 2011.
The cash portion of the transaction will be financed through new debt issuance and drawing on current loan facilities. United Rentals has obtained financing commitments from Morgan Stanley Senior Funding Inc., Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Wells Fargo in support of this transaction. By the end of 2012, the combined company’s leverage ratio is expected to be in line with United Rentals’ previously stated target range of 3.5x – 4.5x. As a result, United Rentals expects to retain its current corporate credit ratings. United Rentals intends to re-pay the outstanding amounts on RSC’s existing Senior Secured Credit Facilities and Senior Secured Notes due 2017, and assume all of RSC’s existing unsecured debt.
United Rentals’ Board also announced its intention to authorize after closing a stock buyback of up to $200 million of the Company’s common stock. United Rentals’ current intention is to complete the stock buyback within six to twelve months after closing.
The deal is expected to be accretive to United Rentals’ cash earnings per share in the first full year after closing. The transaction is anticipated to provide over $200 million of annual cost savings through the elimination of redundant infrastructure, branches and overhead, two thirds of which are expected to be achievable within the first twelve months following the closing of the transaction. The combination is also expected to provide meaningful revenue synergies from the expanded footprint, in particular with national and industrial account relationships and provide additional cash flow upside through optimization of the combined fleet and capital expenditures.
The proposed transaction is subject to the conditions of delivery of tax opinions and a solvency opinion as well as customary closing conditions, including approval by United Rentals and RSC stockholders, absence of a United Rentals and RSC material adverse effect and notification and clearance under certain antitrust statutes. United Rentals and RSC expect the transaction to close in the first half of 2012.
Oak Hill Capital Partners has agreed to vote its 33.5% shareholding in RSC in favor of the transaction.
Special meetings of the United Rentals’ and RSC’s respective stockholders will be held as soon as practicable after the preparation and mailing of the joint proxy statement/prospectus to be included in the registration statement on Form S-4 to be filed by United Rentals to register the shares of United Rentals common stock issuable in connection with the proposed transaction with the Securities and Exchange Commission and the subsequent mailing to United Rentals’ and RSC’s respective stockholders. The joint proxy statement/prospectus is expected to be mailed as promptly as practicable after the effectiveness of this registration statement.
Centerview Partners and Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC acted as financial advisors to United Rentals, and Sullivan & Cromwell LLP acted as the Company's legal advisor. Barclays Capital and Goldman, Sachs & Co. were lead financial advisors to RSC, and Deutsche Bank also provided financial advice. Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP and Debevoise & Plimpton LLP acted as RSC’s legal advisors.
United Rentals and RSC will held an analyst and investor conference call/webcast today, Friday, December 16, at 8:00 a.m. ET to discuss the proposed acquisition. The webcast can be accessed on the investor relations sections on the two companies’ websites http://www.ur.com/investor and http://investor.rscrental.com.