Mattress Firm Holding Corp. recently announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire all of the outstanding equity interests in HMK Mattress Holdings LLC, the holding company of Sleepy's and related entities. The aggregate purchase price is $780 million, subject to working capital and other customary adjustments. Sleepy's is the nation's second largest specialty mattress retailer, with over 1,050 stores in 17 states in the Northeast, New England, the Mid-Atlantic and Illinois.
The closing of the acquisition, which is subject to expiration or termination of the applicable waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act and other regulatory approvals, is expected to occur during the first half of Mattress Firm's fiscal year 2016. As part of the consideration, the company has agreed to assume certain quantified liabilities totaling approximately $30 million. In addition, Adam Blank, the current chief operating officer and general counsel of Sleepy's, will join the Mattress Firm executive management team and will contribute up to $10 million of the equity value he holds in Sleepy's in exchange for shares of Mattress Firm common stock. The remainder of the consideration payable to the equity-holders of Sleepy's will consist of cash. The company expects to fund the cash requirements of the closing of the acquisition with cash on hand and the proceeds from the issuance of senior secured debt. The transaction has been approved by the Boards of Directors of both companies.
The company expects to generate annual synergies of approximately $40 million by the third year post-closing. In addition, it expects to receive future cash income tax benefits totaling over $11 million annually for more than 10 years from the deductible tax basis goodwill generated from the transaction and from the carryover tax basis of other assets, both subject to the company's ability to generate future taxable income.
The company plans to continue to operate under both the Mattress Firm and Sleepy's brands in the near term and will maintain an East Coast office on Long Island, New York. Between the two brands, the company will operate approximately 35,000 stores across the country, enabling it to leverage the benefits of a national scale such as nationwide distribution and delivery; national advertising and more efficient sourcing, procurement and contract opportunities.
"This transformational acquisition unites the nation's two largest mattress specialty retailers, providing customers with convenience, value and choice through our truly border-to-border and coast-to-coast, multi-brand retail stores and distribution network," stated Steve Stagner, Mattress Firm's chief executive officer. "Over the years we have admired Sleepy's for the strong business they have built. The Acker family has a long history in the mattress specialty retail industry through four generations and over 58 years. I look forward to partnering with David Acker during this transition period, as we bring together these two great companies that share a strong focus on culture, the customer and overall service experience."
Mr. Stagner continued, "Both Mattress Firm and Sleepy's are excited about the opportunities this combination will create for our over 10,000 collective employees, as well as our customers, vendors, business partners and shareholders. We look forward to adding the talented mattress professionals at Sleepy's to our family. Upon closing, Adam Blank will become president of Sleepy's and support the continued growth of Sleepy's, as well as the evaluation and integration of best practices across the combined company."
Mr. Stagner concluded, "The acquisition of Sleepy's is an important next step in building our national store network, and expands our footprint into major markets in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. With pro forma sales of over $3.6 billion through approximately 3,500 retail locations in 48 states, our combined company will be able to further benefit from national scale in key areas including distribution, customer delivery, advertising, sourcing and procurement, and operating expenses."
Adam Blank commented, "For over 58 years, Sleepy's has improved the lives of our customers through better sleep with a selection of America's best brands. The combination of Sleepy's and Mattress Firm creates the nation's first true national mattress specialty retailer, and will benefit both our customers and our employees. I look forward to working with Steve and the Mattress Firm team as we combine the best of Sleepy's and Mattress Firm."
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About Mattress Firm Holding Corp: With more than 2,400 company-operated and franchised stores across 41 states, Mattress Firm Holding Corp. (MFRM) has the largest geographic footprint in the United States among multi-brand mattress retailers. Founded in 1986, Houston-based MFRM is the nation's leading specialty bedding retailer with over $2.5 billion in sales over the past 12 months. MFRM, through its family of brands, including Mattress Firm and Sleep Train, offers a broad selection of both traditional and specialty mattresses, bedding accessories and other related products from leading manufacturers, including Sealy, Tempur-Pedic, Serta, Simmons, Stearns & Foster, and Hampton & Rhodes.
About Sleepy's: Sleepy's is a privately-owned fourth-generation company with over 1,050 retail locations in 17 states and the District of Columbia, spanning from Maine to South Carolina and available nationally through www.sleepys.com. Throughout Sleepy's over 58-year history, the company has remained committed to providing sleep comfort and expertise with its highly trained Mattress Professionals and an extensive selection of top brands, including Tempur-Pedic, Sealy Posturepedic, Simmons Beautyrest, Serta, King Coil, Stearns & Foster and more.