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American Woodmark Corporation To Acquire Cabinet Manufacturer RSI Home Products

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WINCHESTER, Va., Dec. 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — American Woodmark Corporation (NASDAQ: AMWD) ("American Woodmark") today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement and plan of merger with RSI Home Products, Inc. ("RSI"), a leading manufacturer of kitchen and bath cabinetry and home storage products.  Under the terms of the agreement, the implied enterprise value for RSI is approximately $1.075 billion, including $140 million in American Woodmark common stock to be issued to RSI shareholders (based on the most recent 5 trading day average closing price), approximately $346 million in net cash to be paid to RSI shareholders and approximately $589 million of RSI debt to be assumed by American Woodmark.  The cash portion of the consideration is subject to customary working capital adjustments.

Founded in 1989 by Ron Simon with a vision of creating exceptional value for customers by providing high quality products at affordable prices not otherwise available in the industry, RSI has grown to one of the largest in-stock and value-based cabinet makers in North America providing kitchen, bathroom, home and garage organization cabinetry, counter tops and accessories with over 100 styles and finishes to home centers, builders, dealers and remodeling contractors.  RSI expects to generate net income of over $40 million and adjusted EBITDA of over $120 million on approximately $560 million of revenue for its fiscal year ending December 31, 2017, representing an adjusted EBITDA margin of over 21%. 

The acquisition is expected to be immediately accretive to American Woodmark's profit margins and earnings per share ("EPS"), excluding transaction costs and before giving effect to anticipated synergies.  Although there can be no assurance, the transaction is expected to close in American Woodmark's quarter that ends January 31, 2018, subject to antitrust regulatory review and approvals and other customary closing conditions.  The transaction does not require approval of American Woodmark shareholders and has already received approval from the RSI shareholders.

"RSI has built a tremendous reputation and position in our industry by delivering quality products at a compelling value position, and we are excited to welcome them to the American Woodmark family," said Cary Dunston, American Woodmark's Chairman and CEO.  "The acquisition of RSI will further enhance American Woodmark by creating a broader product and brand portfolio that is well-positioned to fully leverage our industry-leading service platform across all channels and to drive improved profitability and long-term value for shareholders.  RSI's strong culture of continuous improvement with a relentless focus on innovation and reengineering throughout their operational and business practices complements our existing capabilities.  Most importantly, American Woodmark and RSI share a similar culture that rests soundly on a foundation of extraordinary employees and creating value through people."

Alex Calabrese, RSI's Chairman and CEO commented, "This is an exciting day for RSI and reflects the hard work and dedication of everyone involved in our proud history and success over the past 28 years, most specifically, our dedicated associates as well as our valued customers and suppliers.  We have great respect for American Woodmark, and are honored to be joining forces with a company that shares our culture, values and vision.  This shared foundation makes the two companies an ideal fit.   RSI looks forward to continuing its growth and delivering the highest value and best services to its customers."

"We couldn't be more excited and optimistic about the future potential for RSI and its loyal employee associates," said Ron Simon, RSI's Founder and current director.  "This merger creates a company that will be a stronger competitor in the kitchen and bath industry than RSI could be on its own.  The fact that the two companies share the same culture in the way they value their associates and customers will go a long way to ensure great future success.  We believe RSI is the industry's lowest cost manufacturer, and American Woodmark has unmatched logistics and service capabilities, as well as a very broad product line.  This combination enables American Woodmark to bring the greatest value by making higher quality products affordable to more consumers."

Transaction Highlights
(Pro forma metrics represent unaudited financial information)

  • The combined company will have approximately $1.6 billion in pro forma annual revenue along with a broader product portfolio that is well-positioned to deliver growth, improved profitability and shareholder value.
  • Annual run-rate synergies are anticipated to be $30-40 million, phased in over 3 years, to be achieved through identified opportunities in sales and marketing, purchasing and manufacturing efficiencies through the sharing of operational best practices.
  • American Woodmark expects to fund the $346 million net cash payment and transaction fees and expenses with cash on hand and committed financing from Wells Fargo Bank, National Association. American Woodmark also expects to enter into a new $100 million revolving credit facility with Wells Fargo Bank, National Association to replace its existing revolver and, if necessary, may draw on such facility for any remaining cash payments for the transaction.
  • Prior to the closing of the transaction, RSI intends to conduct a consent solicitation with respect to its 6 1/2% Senior Secured Second Lien Notes 2023 (the "RSI Notes") in order to amend the related indenture so that the change of control provisions contained therein will not apply to the transaction. In addition, American Woodmark expects to explore options to refinance the RSI Notes either in connection with or after the closing of the transaction.
  • Immediately following the closing of the transaction, RSI shareholders will own approximately 8% of American Woodmark shares outstanding. These shares will be subject to a six-month lock up period.
  • American Woodmark is suspending its share repurchase program in conjunction with the transaction.
  • The combined company will be managed by American Woodmark's management team (led by Chairman and CEO Cary Dunston).
  • RSI will operate as a subsidiary of American Woodmark following the transaction with its existing brands, channel strategy and operational philosophy remaining.

The Company will host a conference call today with investors, December 1, 2017 at 11:00 EST.  A presentation, which will accompany the call, will be available at and will remain available after the call.



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