Reliance to buy Metals USA for $1.2B

Feb 06, 2013 | 03:58 PM | Corinna Petry

Tags  Reliance Steel & Aluminum, David Hannah, Metals USA Holdings, Lourenco Goncalves, acquisition, Jim Bouchard, Esmark, Norm Gottschalk Marmon/Keystone

CHICAGO — In a surprise move, Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co. and Metals USA Holdings Corp. have agreed to merge in a roughly $1.2-billion deal.

It is Reliance’s largest acquisition to date, and will give the Los Angeles-based distributor a 6- to 7-percent share of the U.S. service center market, chairman and chief executive officer David H. Hannah told investors during a Feb. 6 conference call.

The all-cash transaction—which has Reliance purchasing Metals USA shares at $20.65 each—is expected to close in the second quarter, at which point Reliance will hold total assets exceeding $6.5 billion with annual sales above $10 billion. Each company’s board of directors has already approved the deal.....

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