United Rentals has entered into a definitive agreement with Neff Corp. to acquire Neff for $25 per share in cash, representing about $1.3 billion. The transaction is expected to be immediately accretive to cash EPS and free cash flow.
Immediately prior to entering into the definitive merger agreement with United Rentals, Neff terminated its previously announced merger agreement with H&E Equipment Services, Inc.
In connection with this termination, United Rentals has paid H&E a termination fee of approximately $13.2 million on behalf of Neff.
The boards of directors of United Rentals and Neff unanimously approved the agreement. Private investment funds managed by Wayzata Investment Partners LLC, which hold approximately 62.7% of the outstanding common shares of Neff, have executed a written consent to approve the transaction, thereby providing the required stockholder approval. The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2017, subject to Hart-Scott-Rodino clearance and customary conditions.
Based in Miami, Fla., Neff offers earthmoving, material handling, aerial and other equipment rental solutions to its more than 15,500 construction and industrial customers in 14 states. Approximately 1,200 Neff employees and 69 branches serve end markets in the infrastructure, non-residential, energy, municipal and residential construction sectors.
For the full year 2017, Neff is expected to generate $419 million of total revenue, according to its press release. As of June 30, 2017, Neff had approximately $867 million of fleet based on original equipment cost.
Michael Kneeland, president and chief executive officer of United Rentals, said, “The acquisition of Neff is a significant opportunity for us to augment long-term returns for our investors, and build value for our customers and employees. We expect this transaction to be accretive to both our financial performance and customer-facing operations, with an important cross-selling component. The strategic rationale passed every litmus test with flying colors.”
Kneeland continued, “With the successful integration of NES largely behind us, we’re prepared to move forward with another smooth transition in our landmark 20th year. We’re excited to realize the opportunities of this combination and leverage the many areas where we’re stronger together. Neff has a customer-focused team with seasoned field operators, a rigorous commitment to safety, and specialized expertise. We look forward to welcoming them as an important part of our future.”
Graham Hood, chief executive officer of Neff, commented, “United Rentals is an industry leader in equipment rentals, and as a result of this transaction, our employees and customers will benefit from the combined company’s expanded geographic footprint and diversified offering. We look forward to working with the United Rentals management team as we bring these companies together and leverage the compatible strengths of both businesses.”
Source: United Rentals