Spectrum Brands Files Answer to the DOJ’s Complaint to Block the Sale of its Hardware and Home Improvement Division to ASSA ABLOY
Contrary to the DOJ’s inaccurate position, following the closing of the transaction competition in the residential security market will be enhanced, as HHI will be ideally positioned to better serve customers with more innovative products and customers will have more product choice across competitors.
Prior to the lawsuit, the Company and ASSA ABLOY had made numerous proposals to address the DOJ’s purported antitrust concerns—each of which were rejected without a valid basis—and ASSA ABLOY has initiated a sales process to divest certain businesses to fully resolve any alleged competitive concerns surrounding the acquisition of HHI.
The DOJ is incorrect that the transaction—before taking into account the proposed divestitures—would violate antitrust laws. With the proposed divestitures considered, there is no basis in law or in fact for the DOJ’s meritless claims. “In essence, the Government is attempting to circumvent decades of established practice and merger case law precedent,”
The Company is looking forward to its day in court and is confident that the court will review the merits of the transaction—including the proposed divestiture—and agree that the DOJ’s complaint should be rejected.
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