Cooper and Apollo said they expect to reap pre-tax "value-creation benefits" of approximately $80 million to $120 million per year. These operating profit benefits are expected to be fully achieved after three years and will be derived from operating scale, sourcing benefits, technology, product optimization, and manufacturing improvements.
The transaction is expected to be immediately accretive to Apollo's earnings.
Under the terms of the agreement, which was approved unanimously by the boards of directors of both companies, Cooper stockholders will receive $35 per share in cash.
The close of the transaction, assuming timely regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions, as well as approval by Cooper's stockholders, is expected to take place within the second half of 2013, the companies said.
Following the close, Cooper will become a privately held company and its common stock will no longer be traded on the New York Stock Exchange. It is expected that Cooper will continue to be led by members of its current management team and will continue to operate out of its facilities located around the world.
Cooper will continue to recognize the labor unions and honor the terms of collective bargaining agreements presently in effect while generally maintaining compensation and benefit levels for non-union employees.
Apollo only recently sold its Dunlop-brand-related assets in Africa to Sumitomo Rubber Indutries Ltd.
Apollo Vice Chairman and Managing Director Neeraj Kanwar, said the combined company's "extended global reach will create opportunities to provide our customers and distributors around the world with increased access to the quality tires they have come to expect from each of our respective brands."
The combined entity controls a wide array of brands — Apollo, Cooper, Vredestein, Mastercraft, Chengshan, Roadmaster, Starfire and Avon — in the passenger, light and heavy truck, farm and OTR vehicle segments and has a sold presence in the world's three key markets, North America, Europea and China, Mr. Kanwar said.
"Importantly, both Apollo and Cooper have built strong reputations on the strength of their people," he continued, "and this transaction will maintain the networks and workforces in each organization's respective regions, while creating new opportunities in others."
Morgan Stanley & Co. L.L.C. and Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. served as financial advisers, and investment firm Greater Pacific Capital acted as strategic and financial adviser to Apollo.
Standard Chartered is the sole provider of transaction financing at the Apollo Tyres level and is also the structuring adviser. Morgan Stanley Senior Funding, Inc., Deutsche Bank Securities Inc., Standard Chartered and Goldman Sachs Bank USA are joint lead arrangers providing committed funding to Apollo's acquisition subsidiary.
Sullivan & Cromwell L.L.P. and Amarchand & Mangaldas & Suresh A Shroff & Co. served as legal advisers to Apollo. BofA Merrill Lynch served as financial adviser and Jones Day served as legal adviser to Cooper.