Waste connections and Progressive Waste Solutions agree to merger
Waste Connections, Inc. and Progressive Waste Solutions Ltd. announced January 19th, 2016 that they have entered into a definitive agreement to merge in an all-stock transaction. Upon the completion of the transaction, Waste Connections stockholders will own approximately 70% of the combined company, and Progressive Waste shareholders will own approximately 30%. The transaction has been unanimously approved by both companies’ Boards of Directors and is expected to close in the second quarter of 2016.
“We are extremely excited to welcome Progressive Waste into the Waste Connections family and believe the combination will be quite compelling to our collective employees, shareholders and other stakeholders,” said Ronald J. Mittelstaedt, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Waste Connections. “Under our leadership, we believe we can instill the corporate culture, safety focus, operational excellence and accountability that have served us so well and which we believe are necessary for long-term success within Progressive Waste’s complementary markets. These improvements, together with expected immediate synergies and other cash flow benefits, should accelerate value creation for both companies’ shareholders. In addition, to maintain our strategic market differentiation and drive further value creation, we expect to either divest or swap assets within certain U.S. markets as we believe between 85% and 90% of Progressive Waste’s revenue is consistent with our differentiated tenets. Put simply, we believe this combination creates a company uniquely positioned with industry-leading operating and free cash flow margins, together with the balance sheet strength, to drive further growth and increase the return of capital to our shareholders.”
“Combining Progressive Waste and Waste Connections makes compelling strategic and financial sense, and the all-stock nature of the transaction provides Progressive Waste shareholders with the opportunity to participate in the significant near- and long-term upside potential of the combination,” said Joseph Quarin, President and Chief Executive Officer of Progressive Waste. “We believe this combination will accelerate the improvements already underway, building upon our fourth quarter financial and operational performance. Importantly, employees will benefit from new opportunities for growth and development as part of a larger company committed to customer service, operational excellence, safety and employee engagement. We look forward to a bright future for our employees and enhanced service for our customers as a result of this transaction.”
James J. Forese, Chairman of Progressive Waste’s Board of Directors, said, “Having conducted a review of the strategic options available to the company, the Special Committee and Board concluded that this transaction is in the best interest of Progressive Waste and enhances value for our shareholders. Together with Waste Connections and its leadership team, we create a new industry leader that is well positioned to serve a diverse base of customers across North America and capitalize on an expanded set of growth opportunities to generate substantial value for shareholders.”
Mr. Mittelstaedt added, “We welcome Progressive Waste’s talented employees and recognize their significant value to the customers and communities they serve. They have been critical to their company’s performance and growth and will continue to contribute to the combined company’s success.”