Vulcan board unanimously rejects Martin Marietta’s offer
- Martin Marietta is proposing the combination of the two largest producers of construction aggregates in the United States. Based on Vulcan’s analysis and experience with acquisitions, the Vulcan Board anticipates that the Department of Justice will likely require the divestiture of significant assets in key markets.
- The Vulcan Board believes that the significant conditionality of the offer and the required antitrust approvals create substantial uncertainty and risk as to when or whether the offer can be completed.
- The Vulcan Board believes that the offer substantially undervalues the company. Goldman Sachs rendered an opinion to the Vulcan Board that as of Dec. 19, 2011, and based upon and subject to the factors and assumptions set forth in the written opinion, the consideration proposed to be paid to the holders of Vulcan shares pursuant to the offer was inadequate from a financial point of view to such holders. The full text of the written opinion of Goldman Sachs, dated Dec. 19, 2011, which sets forth the assumptions made, procedures followed, matters considered and limitations on the review undertaken in connection with such opinion, is attached to the company’s 14D-9 filing as Annex B. Goldman Sachs provided its opinion for the information and assistance of the Vulcan Board in connection with its consideration of the offer, and it is not a recommendation as to whether or not any holder of Vulcan common stock should tender such shares in connection with the offer or any other matter.
- In evaluating the offer, the Vulcan Board also considered the effect that the proposed transactions would have on constituencies in addition to Vulcan’s shareholders, including its employees and the communities in which Vulcan operates.
Source: Vulcan Materials Co.
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