Temple Inland Inc. (NYSE: TIN) shares rallied 25.5% to $30.91 a piece Tuesday after International Paper Co. (NYSE: IP) raised its raised its offer for the shipping-box maker. Volume for Temple topped 27.6 million shares, nearly eight times its daily average.
A news release out September 6 noted that the Memphis-based Temple and International announced that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement under which International Paper will acquire all of the outstanding common stock of Temple-Inland for $32.00 per share in cash, plus the assumption of $600 million in Temple-Inland’s year-end debt. The total transaction value is approximately $4.3 billion.
The combination, which has been approved by the Boards of both companies, offers numerous benefits for the shareholders and customers of both companies, and is consistent with International Paper’s focus on achieving and sustaining cost of capital returns throughout the cycle. The transaction is expected to be accretive to International Paper’s shareholders in year one after closing. It is expected to close in the first quarter of 2012.
Temple-Inland Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Doyle R. Simons was quoted in the release as saying, “this transaction creates value for both Temple-Inland and International Paper shareholders. The combined company will be positioned to be a leader in providing high quality products for its customers.”
Temple-Inland Inc. is a manufacturing company focused on corrugated packaging and building products. The fully integrated corrugated packaging operation consists of seven mills and 59 converting facilities.