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14 December 2021

Rentokil to buy Terminix in $6.7bn pest control deal

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BPCA member Rentokil will buy U.S.-based rival Terminix Global in a $6.7 billion deal, scaling up the company's pest control business in North America.

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Rentokil shares hit a record high after the announcement, climbing as much as 6%.

The cash-and-stock deal involves about 643.29 million new Rentokil shares to be issued to Terminix shareholders and about $1.3 billion in cash.

The deal implies a value of $55 per Terminix share, representing a 47% premium to Monday's close. Terminix's shareholders will own about 26% of the enlarged group.

Rentokil's Chairman Richard Solomons and Chief Executive Andy Ransom will hold those same roles in the combined group.

Ransom commented on the deal, saying: “These are two highly complementary businesses with a similar operational playbook.

“We will open our first innovation centre in the US and provide our industry-leading innovations and digital technologies to a far larger customer base.”

The companies expect the transaction to close in the second half of 2022. In line with Rentokil’s undertakings to the Competition & Markets Authority, it has been reported that Terminix will dispose of its UK business prior to completion of the transaction.

Source: Online

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