All amounts in U.S. dollars unless otherwise stated
Toronto, May 4, 2011 – Onex Corporation (TSX: OCX) announced today that it has agreed to invest $675 million and acquire a significant minority interest in JELD-WEN Holding, inc. JELD-WEN will continue to be majority-owned by the Trust of Mr. Richard Wendt, members of the Wendt family, JELD-WEN employees and other existing shareholders.
Founded in 1960, JELD-WEN is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of interior and exterior doors, windows and related products for use primarily in the residential and light commercial new construction and remodel markets. JELD-WEN operates 123 manufacturing and distribution centers and employs approximately 20,000 people in over 25 countries across North America, South America, Europe, Australia and Asia. For the twelve months ended December 31, 2010, JELD-WEN generated over $3.0 billion in revenues.
“We believe that JELD-WEN’s competitive position and well-known brands in markets around the world position the company very well to take advantage of the eventual recovery in global housing markets,” said Anthony Munk, an Onex Managing Director. “We are delighted to be investing alongside the Wendt family, and look forward to working closely with JELD-WEN’s management team and employees to build on the company’s success.”
Mr. Rod Wendt, Chief Executive Officer of JELD-WEN, commented, “This is an exciting time in our company’s history and we’re pleased to be partnering with Onex, who shares our vision for the company’s future."
Mr. Munk continued, “This proprietary opportunity is the result of our focus and expertise in the building products sector and our industrial partnership with Philip Orsino, a founder and former CEO of Masonite International.” Following the closing, Mr. Munk and Mr. Orsino will join the Board of Directors of JELD-WEN.
The $675 million investment will be made by Onex Partners III, Onex’ flagship private equity fund, of which approximately $120 million will be Onex’ share as a Limited Partner in the Fund. Onex’ investment will be made in two tranches: (i) $475 million of convertible preferred stock representing a 39% ownership stake; and (ii) a $200 million convertible note that can be redeemed within 18 months with proceeds from the sale of certain non-core assets. The transaction is anticipated to close in the second quarter subject to customary regulatory approvals and completion of the associated debt financing.
JELD-WEN’s management, workforce and corporate culture will remain firmly rooted and intact. JELD-WEN will continue as a private company headquartered in Klamath Falls, Oregon while also maintaining its employee stock ownership plan and its vast workforce.
Onex is one of North America’s oldest and most successful investment firms committed to acquiring and building high-quality businesses in partnership with talented management teams. Onex manages investment platforms focused on private equity, real estate and credit securities. In total, the company manages approximately $14 billion, of which $10 billion is third-party capital. As well, Onex invests its own capital directly and as a substantial limited partner in its Funds.
Onex’ businesses generate annual revenues of C$36 billion, have assets of C$42 billion and employ more than 238,000 people worldwide. Onex shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the stock symbol OCX. For more information on Onex, visit its website at www.onex.com. The Company’s security filings can also be accessed atwww.sedar.com.
JELD-WEN, inc. is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of reliable windows and doors and is consistently ranked as Oregon’s largest privately owned company, and recorded in the top one-half of Forbes’ list of “America’s Largest Private Companies.” Based in Klamath Falls, Ore., JELD-WEN began in 1960 as a small Oregon millwork plant with 15 employees and today has approximately 20,000 employees worldwide. The company’s large product offering encompasses numerous varieties of windows, exterior doors and interior doors as well as specialty building products such as showerscreens and stair parts. JELD-WEN has been an ENERGY STAR Partner since 1998. For more information on JELD-WEN, visit www.jeld-wen.com.
This news release may contain forward-looking statements that are based on management’s current expectations and are subject to known and unknown uncertainties and risks, which could cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated or implied by such forward-looking statements. Onex is under no obligation to update any forward-looking statements contained herein should material facts change due to new information, future events or otherwise.