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OfficeMax, Office Depot Merger Creates $18B Concern

February 22, 2013
NAPERVILLE, IL—OfficeMax Inc. and Office Depot announced the signing of a definitive merger agreement under which the companies would combine in an all-stock merger of equals transaction intended to qualify as a tax-free reorganization.

The combined company, which would have had pro forma combined revenue for the 12 months ended Dec. 29, 2012, of approximately $18 billion, will also have significantly improved financial strength and flexibility, with the ability to deliver long-term operating performance and improvements through its increased scale and significant synergy opportunities.

The transaction, which was unanimously approved by the board of directors of both companies, will create a stronger, more efficient global provider better able to compete in the rapidly changing office solutions industry. Customers will benefit from enhanced offerings across multiple distribution channels and geographies.

Under the terms of the agreement, OfficeMax stockholders will receive 2.69 Office Depot common shares for each share of OfficeMax common stock.

The transaction is expected to close by the end of calendar year 2013, subject to stockholder approval from both companies, the receipt of regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions. The combined company's name, marketing brands and corporate headquarters location are expected to be determined following the appointment of the CEO for the combined company.

Under the merger agreement, OfficeMax will have the ability to declare and pay to its common stockholders aggregate cash dividends of up to $131 million ($1.50 per common share) before the closing of the transaction. Payment of dividends would not affect the exchange ratio in the transaction.
 

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