8-K 1 d369293d8k.htm FORM 8-K Form 8-K





Washington, D.C. 20549







Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

of The Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): April 11, 2017



The Sherwin-Williams Company

(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in its Charter)




Ohio   1-04851   34-0526850

(State or Other Jurisdiction

of Incorporation)



File Number)


(IRS Employer

Identification No.)

101 West Prospect Avenue

Cleveland, Ohio

(Address of Principal Executive Offices)     (Zip Code)

(216) 566-2000

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

(Former name or former address, if changed since last report.)



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Item 8.01. Other Events.

As previously disclosed, on March 19, 2016, The Sherwin-Williams Company (“Sherwin-Williams”) entered into an Agreement and Plan of Merger (the “Merger Agreement”) among Sherwin-Williams, Viking Merger Sub, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Sherwin-Williams (“Merger Sub”), and The Valspar Corporation (“Valspar”), pursuant to which, among other things and subject to the satisfaction or waiver of specified conditions, Merger Sub will merge with and into Valspar (the “Merger”).

Sherwin-Williams has also previously disclosed that it expected a divestiture would be required to gain approval from the Federal Trade Commission to complete the Merger. In order to satisfy such divestiture requirement, on April 11, 2017, Sherwin-Williams and Valspar entered into a definitive Asset Purchase Agreement (the “Purchase Agreement”) with Axalta Coating Systems Ltd. to divest the assets related to Valspar’s North American industrial wood coatings business for an aggregate purchase price of approximately $420 million in cash. The closing of the divestiture pursuant to the Purchase Agreement is expected to occur before the end of the second quarter of 2017, subject to the satisfaction or waiver of certain closing conditions.

The divestiture represents annual revenues below the threshold of $650 million of Valspar 2015 revenues, such that the Merger is expected to be completed at a price of $113 per share. The completion of the Merger remains subject to customary conditions, including, without limitation, the receipt of antitrust approvals. Subject to the satisfaction of these conditions, Sherwin-Williams expects to complete the Merger before the end of the second quarter of 2017.




Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.


April 12, 2017     By:  

/s/ Catherine M. Kilbane

      Catherine M. Kilbane
      Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary