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Molex Targets Industrial Market with Woodhead Deal

The electronic components maker will acquire Woodhead Industries for about $256 million.

Martin Slark, Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Molex Inc.
Martin Slark, Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Molex Inc.

Molex Inc., a Lisle, Ill.-based electronic components manufacturer, will acquire Woodhead Industries Inc., of Deerfield, Ill., for about $256 million in cash, the two companies said. Woodhead is a maker of electrical and electronic industrial products.

The two companies said on June 30 that they have signed a definitive merger agreement by which Molex will acquire Woodhead in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $256 million, including payments with respect to outstanding stock options and the assumption of debt and net of cash acquired. The transaction has been approved by the Boards of Directors of both companies.

Under the terms of the merger agreement, a Molex subsidiary will begin a tender offer for all outstanding shares of Woodhead stock at a price of $19.25 per share in cash no later than July 10, 2006. Shares not purchased pursuant to the tender offer, other than dissenting shares, will be acquired in a subsequent merger at a price of $19.25 per share in cash, without interest, as soon as practicable after completion of the tender offer, the companies said.

Martin Slark, vice chairman and chief executive officer of Molex, said, "The acquisition of Woodhead is a significant step in our strategy to expand our products and capabilities in the global industrial market."

Philippe Lemaitre, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Woodhead said, "The combination of Woodhead with Molex will provide great opportunities for our customers, employees, suppliers and other constituencies. Our industry is consolidating and Woodhead stakeholders will benefit from being part of a larger company with exciting growth opportunities."

Completion of the tender offer is subject to certain conditions, including the acquisition by Molex of a majority of Woodhead's common shares on a fully diluted basis, receipt of regulatory approvals, and other customary conditions. The tender offer is not subject to a financing contingency. The Board of Directors of Woodhead has unanimously recommended that Woodhead stockholders accept the offer.

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