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Stanley Works to buy Black & Decker for $3.46 billion

Stanley Works struck a deal to buy rival Black & Decker Corp for $3.46 billion in stock, combining a top hand tool maker and power tool maker to benefit from higher margins and cost savings.

The companies said the driving motivation of the deal is the $350 million in annualized cost savings as well as the improved finances of the more diversified company.

“Our lines complement each other,” Black & Decker Chief Executive Nolan Archibald said in an interview. “From a product point of view and a geographic point of view we have an opportunity of putting these two organizations together and coming up with significant cost savings.”

Black & Decker shareholders will receive 1.275 Stanley shares - about $57.56 at Monday's close - for each Black & Decker share they own, representing a premium of 22% over Black & Decker's Monday close of $47.34. Stanley shareholders will own about 50.5% of the combined company, with Black & Decker shareholders owning the rest.

Stanley Chief Executive Officer John Lundgren said that cost savings would come from business unit and regional consolidation, corporate overhead cuts, and changes to manufacturing, distribution and purchasing practices.

He said job cuts would be modest.

“Certainly it will be less than ten percent - this is nothing draconian,” Lundgren said in an interview.

The CEOs said they do not expect antitrust problems. While the two companies are both top tool makers, Black & Decker is focused on power tools while Stanley Works is a top hand tool maker.

Shares of Black & Decker, whose brands include its namesake line, DeWalt, Kwikset and Price Pfister, gained 18 percent in after-hours trading, while Stanley Works rose 4.1%. Stanley Works brands include the Stanley line, Bostitch, Proto, and Mac Tools. (Reuters)