Waste Management agrees Advanced Disposal deal

BY Richard Summerfield

American waste and environmental services company Waste Management has agreed to acquire smaller rival Advanced Disposal in a deal worth $4.9bn, including debt.

Waste Management will pay around $33.15 per share for Advanced Disposal, a premium of about 22 percent to Advanced Disposal’s closing price of $27.14 on Friday 12 April, the day before rumours of the deal first appeared. Once completed, the deal will be Waste Management’s biggest acquisition in more than nine years. The companies anticipate the deal will generate more than $100m in savings and capital expenditures annually after close, expected by the first quarter of 2020.

Advanced Disposal is the fourth-largest solid waste company in the US and provides non-hazardous solid waste collection, transfer, recycling and disposal services in 16 states and the Bahamas. Waste Management is the leading company in the sector. Waste Management has around 21 million customers; the deal will add more than 3 million residential and industrial customers, mostly in the eastern half of the US, where Advanced operates.

“At Waste Management, we focus on creating value for all stakeholders, delivering on our commitments to employees, customers, community partners, shareholders and the environment.,” said Jim Fish, president and chief executive officer Waste Management. “The acquisition of Advanced Disposal extends these commitments by adding complementary assets and operations as well as a team with a shared focus on safety, outstanding service and operational excellence.”

He added: “With this acquisition, we will grow our asset footprint to serve more customers and communities and generate significant growth and value creation opportunities for Waste Management’s shareholders and our combined company’s employee base. Waste Management’s disciplined capital allocation and balance sheet strength position us well to execute upon this unique opportunity to expand our scale and capabilities to serve an even broader customer base and realize the strategic and financial benefits the acquisition of Advanced Disposal creates.”

“We are pleased to have reached this milestone agreement with Waste Management to deliver an immediate cash premium to Advanced Disposal stockholders,” said Richard Burke, chief executive of Advanced Disposal. “We view Waste Management as an industry leader with one of the most respected brands in the nation.

“This acquisition stands as a testament to the strength of the Advanced Disposal business and brings together two strong waste management teams with extensive environmental services expertise to better serve our customers and communities,” he continued. “We look forward to working with the Waste Management team to complete the transaction and ensure that we continue to deliver the highest quality service to our customers.”

News: Waste Management to buy Advanced Disposal for about $3 billion in cash

Chevron to acquire Anadarko in £33bn deal

BY Fraser Tennant

In a deal which it sees as a strong strategic fit, integrated energy company Chevron Corporation has acquired Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, one of the world’s largest independent exploration and production companies, in a transaction valued at $33bn.

The acquisition, which significantly enhances Chevron’s already advantaged upstream portfolio and strengthens its leading positions in large, attractive shale, deepwater and natural gas resource basins, will provide Anadarko shareholders with 0.3869 shares of Chevron and $16.25 in cash for each Anadarko share.

One of the world's leading integrated energy companies, Chevron and its subsidiaries are involved in virtually every facet of the energy industry. The company explores for, produces and transports crude oil and natural gas, as well as refining, marketing and distributing transportation fuels and lubricants, and manufacturing and selling petrochemicals and additives.

The transaction has been approved by the boards of directors of both companies and is expected to close in the second half of 2019.

“This transaction builds strength on strength for Chevron,” said Michael Wirth, chairman and chief executive of Chevron. “The combination of Anadarko’s premier, high-quality assets with our advantaged portfolio strengthens our leading position in the Permian, builds on our deepwater Gulf of Mexico capabilities and will grow our liquefied natural gas (LNG) business. “This transaction will unlock significant value for shareholders, generating anticipated annual run-rate synergies of approximately $2bn and will be accretive to free cash flow and earnings one year after close.”

Upon closing, Chevron will continue be led by Mr Wirth and remain headquartered in San Ramon, California.

“The strategic combination of Chevron and Anadarko will form a stronger and better company with world-class assets, people and opportunities,” said Al Walker, chairman and chief executive of Anadarko. “I have tremendous respect for Chevron’s leadership team and believe its strategy, scale and operational capabilities will further accelerate the value of Anadarko’s assets.”

The acquisition is subject to Anadarko shareholder approval, regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions. 

Mr Wirth concluded: “This transaction creates attractive growth opportunities in areas that play to Chevron’s operational strengths and underscores our commitment to short-cycle, higher-return investments.”

News: Chevron to buy Anadarko for $33 billion in shale, LNG push

Security analytics deal sees Rapid7 acquire NetFort

BY Fraser Tennant

In a deal which adds traffic-visibility analytics and security monitoring software to its cyber security repertoire, US data analytics company Rapid7 has acquired Irish tech firm NetFort.

The deal is expected to improve Rapid7’s ability to detect attacks, investigate incidents and gain increased visibility into devices that pose a risk to organisations.

The company plans to bring NetFort’s network monitoring, visibility and analytics capabilities into its Insight cloud – which processes billions of events and monitors millions of assets daily, collecting and analysing data from the endpoint to the cloud – to assist its 7800 customers to securely advance their organisations.

“We were immediately impressed by NetFort’s technology and the deep network protocol expertise inherent across the team,” said Lee Weiner, chief product officer at Rapid7. “By bringing NetFort’s network data and analytics to our own platform, we enhance security analysts’ capability to unearth risk, detect attacks and investigate incidents more effectively.”

Founded in 2000, Rapid7 helps security teams reduce vulnerabilities, monitor for malicious behaviour, investigate and shut down attacks, and automate routine tasks.

NetFort is Rapid7’s second Irish acquisition after previously buying Logentics in 2015.

“We are delighted to join Rapid7 and believe this is a testament to the capabilities of our people and our technology,” said John Brosnan, chief executive at NetFort. “Rapid7 will help us apply our network data insights across their cloud-based platform to improve the security posture of our customers.”

Founded in 2002 and based in Galway, NetFort provides network traffic and security monitoring software for virtual and physical networks. Its products provide powerful, deep-packet inspection technology which helps businesses have comprehensive visibility across their networks.

The financial terms of the deal were not released.

News: Galway tech firm NetFort acquired by Boston’s Rapid7

Adtech giant Sizmek files for Chapter 11

BY Fraser Tennant

Against a backdrop of slowing revenue and an inability to obtain fresh investment, adtech giant Sizmek, along with a number of its subsidiaries, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

The company has stated that it initiated voluntary proceedings to allow it to preserve value and seek access to capital while it continues to review strategic alternatives.

As the world's largest independent buy-side advertising platform, Sizmek operates in more than 70 countries, with local offices in many countries providing award-winning service throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and Asia-Pacific (APAC).

Subsidiaries included in the Chapter 11 filing are Sizmek Inc., Sizmek DSP, Inc., Sizmek Technologies, Inc., Wireless Artist LLC, Wireless Developer, Inc., X Plus One Solutions, Inc., X Plus Two Solutions, LLC, and Point Roll, Inc.

In a statement on its website, Sizmek said: “We are confident this process is the best possible option. Importantly, Sizmek is open for business. The US Chapter 11 process – unlike bankruptcy schemes in other geographies – is specifically designed for companies like ours to operate as usual while working to resolve financial issues. Our board and management team continue to explore all available options, including a potential sale.”

In the months prior to the filing, Sizmek had been discussing with stakeholders how to address its over-leveraged balance sheet. However, despite these discussions, Sizmek’s primary lender assumed control of Sizmek’s bank accounts and sought to divert customer receivables – thereby cutting off access to capital.

“Chapter 11 protection is the only responsible mechanism by which we can seek access to capital and preserve value while continuing to explore value-maximising alternatives,” continued the statement. “We are aggressively seeking to access our existing cash, and intend to fully resume normal-course operations as soon as possible.”

The Sizmek statement concluded: “We are committed to serving clients to the same high standard they have come to expect and are working diligently to ensure platforms experience as little interruption as possible.”

News: Independent ad server, Sizmek, files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

DSV and Panalpina agree $4.6bn merger

BY Richard Summerfield

Following months of speculation – and activist activity – the future of Swiss logistics company Panalpina has finally been sealed, with Danish rival DSV agreeing to acquire the company in a deal worth $4.6bn.

The merger, once completed, will create one of the world’s largest companies in logistics and freight forwarding – only DHL Logistics, Kuehne & Nagel and DB Schenker will be bigger.

The deal will see DSV acquire Panalpina with an all-share offer of 2.375 DSV shares for each Panalpina share held. The offer gives an implied price of 195.8 Swiss francs for each Panalpina share, compared with DSV’s cash offer of 180 francs per share made on 15 February – a 43 percent premium, and an initial cash and shares offer then worth 170 francs which was made in January. The agreement has the backing of investors holding 69.9 percent of registered shares, including the Ernst Goehner Foundation which owns 46 percent of Panalpina and had rebuffed a previous offer.

“In the course of the past weeks, Panalpina’s board of directors and management has been exploring different strategic initiatives and held discussions with DSV about a potential combination,” said Peter Ulber, chairman of Panalpina. “The board of director’s assessment is that the updated proposal of DSV is very attractive. It is recognising the quality of Panalpina’s employees, the company’s strong position as one of the world’s leading providers of supply chain solutions, and its special competencies and know-how in air and ocean freight. The board of directors recommends Panalpina’s shareholders to accept the offer. Talks with Agility have been discontinued. We are now looking forward to join forces with DSV and contribute to creating one of the world’s largest transport and logistics companies. Our customers will be able to benefit from a stronger network and service offering as well as new competencies and skills.”

“A combination of DSV and Panalpina further strengthens our position as a leading global freight forwarding company,” said Kurt Larsen, chairman of DSV. “Together, we can present a strong global network and enhanced service offering to our clients, further solidifying our competitive edge in the industry. It’s a great match on all parameters. Panalpina is a great company and we’re very excited by this possibility to join forces and to welcome Panalpina’s talented staff.”

The DSV/Panalpina merger comes a few months after DSV abandoned its pursuit of Ceva Logistics AG, after its offer worth $1.7bn was rejected. DSV said at the time it would pursue other targets.

News: Denmark’s DSV to buy logistics company Panalpina in $4.6 billion deal

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