Sherwin-Williams Announces Pricing of Cash Tender Offers for Certain of its Outstanding Notes

CLEVELAND, March 17, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The Sherwin-Williams Company (NYSE: SHW) (“Sherwin-Williams”) today announced the determination of the pricing for its previously announced cash tender offers (the “Tender Offers”) to purchase up to $500.0 million combined aggregate principal amount (the “Maximum Tender Amount”) of its outstanding 2.750% Senior Notes due 2022 (the “2.750% Notes”) and 4.200% Senior Notes due 2022 (the “4.200% Notes” and, together with the 2.750% Notes, the “Notes”).

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The terms and conditions of the Tender Offers are described in the Offer to Purchase, dated March 3, 2020 (the “Offer to Purchase”).

Sherwin-Williams will pay holders who validly tendered and did not validly withdraw their 2.750% Notes at or prior to 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on March 16, 2020 (the “Early Tender Time”), the Total Tender Offer Consideration of $1,043.42 for each $1,000 principal amount of its 2.750% Notes accepted for purchase, plus accrued and unpaid interest in respect of such Notes from the last interest payment date to, but not including, the Early Settlement Date (as defined below).  Sherwin-Williams will not accept for purchase any of the 4.200% Notes. The applicable Total Tender Offer Consideration for each $1,000 principal amount of Notes validly tendered and accepted for purchase (the “Total Tender Offer Consideration”) was determined in the manner described in the Offer to Purchase, calculated as of 10:00 a.m., New York City time, on March 17, 2020 (the “Price Determination Date”).

The Total Tender Offer Consideration is detailed in the table below.

CUSIP 
Number

Title of
Security

Aggregate
Principal
Amount
 
Outstanding

Acceptance
Priority
Level

Reference
U.S.
Treasury
Security

Bloomberg
Reference
Page

Reference
Yield

Fixed
Spread
(basis
points)(1)

Total Tender Offer
Consideration(1)(2)

824348
AU0

2.750%
Senior
Notes
due 2022

$760,165,000

1

1.125% U.S.
Treasury
due
02/28/2022

FIT1

0.383%

+30

$1,043.42

824348
BB1

 

(144A):
824348
BA3

4.200%
Senior
Notes
due 2022

$385,909,000

2

1.125% U.S.
Treasury
due
02/28/2022

FIT1

0.383%

+30

$1,055.00

 

(1) Includes the Early Tender Premium of $30.00 per $1,000 principal amount of Notes validly tendered and accepted for purchase.

(2) Per $1,000 principal amount of Notes tendered and validly accepted.

Settlement for Notes that are validly tendered and not validly withdrawn at or prior to the Early Tender Time, and that are accepted for purchase, will be March 18, 2020 (the “Early Settlement Date”), one business day following the Price Determination Date.

Because the aggregate principal amount of the 2.750% Notes validly tendered and not validly withdrawn is greater than the Maximum Tender Amount, the Tender Offer for the 2.750% Notes will be subject to proration.  The aggregate principal amount of each holder’s validly tendered 2.750% Notes accepted for purchase will be determined by multiplying each holder’s tender by the final proration factor of approximately 89.2% and rounding the product down to the nearest $1,000 principal amount.

The Tender Offers will expire at 12:00 midnight, New York City time, at the end of the day on March 30, 2020.  However, because the aggregate principal amount of Notes that was validly tendered as of the Early Tender Time is greater than the Maximum Tender Amount, holders who validly tender any Notes after the Early Tender Time will not have any of their Notes accepted for purchase.  The Notes not accepted for purchase will be promptly returned or credited to the holder’s account.

Citigroup Global Markets Inc. and U.S. Bancorp Investments, Inc. are acting as dealer managers for the Tender Offers. The tender agent and information agent for the Tender Offers is Global Bondholder Services Corporation.

Requests for documentation for the Tender Offers should be directed to Global Bondholder Services Corporation at (866) 807-2200 (U.S. toll-free), (212) 430-3774 (banks and brokers) or by email at contact@gbsc-usa.com. Questions regarding the Tender Offers should be directed to Citigroup Global Markets Inc. at (800) 558-3745 (toll-free) or (212) 723-6106 (collect) or U.S. Bancorp Investments, Inc. at (877) 558-2607 (toll-free) or (980) 613-4472 (collect).

This press release is neither an offer to sell nor a solicitation of an offer to buy any securities and shall not constitute an offer, solicitation or sale in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful. The Tender Offers are made only by and pursuant to the terms of the Offer to Purchase. The Tender Offers are not being made in any jurisdiction in which the making or acceptance thereof would not be in compliance with the securities, “blue sky” or other laws of such jurisdiction. In any jurisdiction in which the securities or “blue sky” laws require offers to be made by a licensed broker or dealer, any offer will be deemed to be made on behalf of Sherwin-Williams by a dealer manager, or one or more registered brokers or dealers that are licensed under the laws of such jurisdiction. None of Sherwin-Williams, the dealer managers or the tender agent and information agent makes any recommendations as to whether holders should tender their Notes pursuant to the Tender Offers.

About Sherwin-Williams

Founded in 1866, The Sherwin-Williams Company is a global leader in the manufacture, development, distribution, and sale of paints, coatings and related products to professional, industrial, commercial and retail customers. Sherwin-Williams manufactures products under well-known brands such as Sherwin-Williams®, Valspar®, HGTV HOME® by Sherwin-Williams, Dutch Boy®, Krylon®, Minwax®, Thompson’s® WaterSeal®, Cabot® and many more. With global headquarters in Cleveland, Ohio, Sherwin-Williams® branded products are sold exclusively through a chain of more than 4,900 company-operated stores and facilities, while the company’s other brands are sold through leading mass merchandisers, home centers, independent paint dealers, hardware stores, automotive retailers and industrial distributors. The Sherwin-Williams Performance Coatings Group supplies a broad range of highly-engineered solutions for the construction, industrial, packaging and transportation markets in more than 120 countries around the world. Sherwin-Williams shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol: SHW).

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Information

This press release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the federal securities laws. These forward-looking statements are based upon management’s current expectations, estimates, assumptions and beliefs concerning future events and conditions and may discuss, among other things, anticipated future performance (including sales and earnings), expected growth, future business plans and the costs and potential liability for environmental-related matters and the lead pigment and lead-based paint litigation. Any statement that is not historical in nature is a forward-looking statement and may be identified by the use of words and phrases such as “believe,” “expect,” “may,” “will,” “should,” “project,” “could,” “plan,” “goal,” “potential,” “seek,” “intend” or “anticipate” or the negative thereof or comparable terminology. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are necessarily subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors, many of which are outside of Sherwin-Williams’ control, that could cause actual results to differ materially from such statements and from Sherwin-Williams’ historical results and experience.

These risks, uncertainties and other factors include such things as: general business conditions, strengths of retail and manufacturing economies and growth in the coatings industry; changes in general domestic economic conditions such as inflation rates, interest rates, tax rates, unemployment rates, higher labor and healthcare costs, recessions, and changing government policies, laws and regulations; changes in raw material and energy supplies and pricing; changes in Sherwin-Williams’ relationships with customers and suppliers; Sherwin-Williams’ ability to successfully integrate past and future acquisitions into Sherwin-Williams’ existing operations, as well as the performance of the businesses acquired; competitive factors, including pricing pressures and product innovation and quality; Sherwin-Williams’ ability to attain cost savings from productivity initiatives; risks and uncertainties associated with Sherwin-Williams’ expansion into and operations in Asia, Europe, South America and other foreign markets, including general economic conditions, inflation rates, recessions, foreign currency exchange rates, foreign investment and repatriation restrictions, legal and regulatory constraints, civil unrest and other external economic and political factors; the achievement of growth in foreign markets, such as Asia, Europe and South America; increasingly stringent domestic and foreign governmental regulations, including those affecting health, safety and the environment; inherent uncertainties involved in assessing Sherwin-Williams’ potential liability for environmental-related activities; other changes in governmental policies, laws and regulations, including changes in tariff policies, as well as changes in accounting policies and standards and taxation requirements (such as new tax laws and new or revised tax law interpretations); the nature, cost, quantity and outcome of pending and future litigation and other claims, including the lead pigment and lead-based paint litigation, and the effect of any legislation and administrative regulations relating thereto; adverse weather conditions or impacts of climate change, natural disasters and public health crises; and other risks, uncertainties and factors described from time to time in Sherwin-Williams’ reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Holders are cautioned that it is not possible to predict or identify all of the risks, uncertainties and other factors that may affect future results and that the above list should not be considered to be a complete list. Any forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date on which such statement is made, and Sherwin-Williams undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as otherwise required by law.

Investor Relations Contacts:
Jim Jaye
Senior Vice President – Investor Relations & Corporate Communications 
Sherwin-Williams
Direct: 216.515.8682
james.r.jaye@sherwin.com 

Eric Swanson
Vice President – Investor Relations
Sherwin-Williams
Direct: 216.566.2766 
eric.r.swanson@sherwin.com

Media Contact:
Julie Young
Vice President – Global Corporate Communications
Sherwin-Williams
Direct: 216.515.8849
corporatemedia@sherwin.com

 

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