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Mueller Industries, Inc. Announces Agreement to Repurchase 27.2% of Its Outstanding Shares

Monday, September 24, 2012

Mueller Industries, Inc. Announces Agreement to Repurchase 27.2% of Its Outstanding Shares07:31 EDT Monday, September 24, 2012MEMPHIS, Tenn., Sept. 24, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Mueller Industries, Inc. (NYSE: MLI) announced today that it has entered into an agreement to repurchase 10,422,859 shares of Mueller common stock owned by Leucadia National Corporation (and its subsidiaries) (NYSE: LUK) at a negotiated price per share of $41.00, for an aggregate purchase price of $427,337,219.  The shares to be purchased in the repurchase transaction equate to approximately 27.2% of Mueller's common shares currently outstanding and constitute Leucadia's entire ownership stake in Mueller.  Ian M. Cumming and Joseph S. Steinberg, Leucadia's designees to the Company's Board of Directors, will resign from the Board upon the closing of the repurchase, which is expected to occur on or before September 26, 2012, subject to customary closing conditions.  The repurchase was approved by the Board following the recommendation of the directors not affiliated with Leucadia and will be funded using a combination of the Company's available cash on hand and borrowings under the Company's existing line of credit.Gregory L. Christopher, Mueller's CEO said, "We are pleased to announce this repurchase transaction.  We believe that a repurchase transaction of this magnitude represents a highly attractive opportunity to achieve immediate and significant accretion to our earnings, while still maintaining prudent levels of leverage and liquidity."For the second quarter of 2012, the Company previously reported income of 47 cents per diluted share which compares with pro forma basis income of 59 cents per diluted share.  The appended unaudited condensed balance sheet and income statement illustrate the impact of the transaction on a pro forma basis.Mueller Industries, Inc. is a leading manufacturer of copper tube and fittings; brass and copper alloy rod, bar and shapes; aluminum and brass forgings; aluminum and copper impact extrusions; plastic fittings and valves; refrigeration valves and fittings; and fabricated tubular products.  Mueller's operations are located throughout the United States and in Canada, Mexico, Great Britain, and China.  Mueller's business is importantly linked to (1) the construction of new homes; (2) the improvement and reconditioning of existing homes and structures; and (3) the commercial construction market which includes office buildings, factories, hotels, hospitals, etc.  *********************Statements in this release that are not strictly historical may be "forward-looking" statements, which involve risks and uncertainties.  These include economic and currency conditions, continued availability of raw materials and energy, market demand, pricing, competitive and technological factors, and the availability of financing, among others, as set forth in the Company's SEC filings.  The words "pro forma," "outlook," "estimate," "project," "intend," "expect," "believe," "target," and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements.  The reader should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this report.  The Company has no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements to reflect events after the date of this report.  MUELLER INDUSTRIES, INC.PRO FORMA CONDENSED BALANCE SHEETAS OF JUNE 30, 2012(in thousands)The following table illustrates the effects of the stock repurchase transaction (10,422,859 shares at $41.00 per share) on the reported balance sheet as if it had occurred on June 30, 2012.  Cash and cash equivalents, long-term debt, and stockholders' equity including the effects of the stock repurchase transaction are measurements not derived in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles.  Including the effects of the stock repurchase transaction is useful as it measures the effects of increased borrowings and decreased available cash on hand on the financial position of the Company.  The reconciliation of the balance sheet information including the effects of the stock repurchase transaction to the balance sheet as reported for June 30, 2012 is as follows:As of June 30, 2012Effect ofAsStockReportedRepurchasePro forma(Unaudited)ASSETSCash and cash equivalents$       373,680$     (227,337) (a) $       146,343Other current assets570,370-570,370    Total current assets944,050(227,337)716,713Other assets328,390-328,390$    1,272,440$     (227,337)$    1,045,103LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITYTotal current liabilities240,386-240,386Long-term debt7,800200,000 (b) 207,800Other noncurrent liabilities89,807-89,807    Total liabilities337,993200,000537,993Total Mueller Industries, Inc. stockholders' equity904,343(427,337) (c) 477,006Noncontrolling interest30,104-30,104    Total equity934,447(427,337)507,110$    1,272,440$     (227,337)$    1,045,103 (a)  Represents the amount of the purchase price for the stock repurchase transaction that will be funded with available cash on hand. (b)  Represents the amount of the purchase price for the stock repurchase transaction that will initially be funded with borrowings under the Company's existing line of credit. (c) Represents the total purchase price for the stock repurchase transaction. MUELLER INDUSTRIES, INC.PRO FORMA CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF INCOMEQUARTER ENDED JUNE 30, 2012(In thousands, except per share data)The following table illustrates the effects of the stock repurchase transaction (10,422,859 shares at $41.00 per share) on reported earnings as if it had occurred on the first day of the second quarter of 2012.  Earnings including the effects of the stock repurchase transaction is a measurement not derived in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles.  Including the effects of the stock repurchase transaction is useful as it measures the effects of increased borrowings and decreased available cash on hand to the operating results, and measures the impact of the decreased share count in the weighted average shares computation.  These adjustments are helpful in illustrating the impact of these transactions on the reported earnings and diluted earnings per share.  The reconciliation of earnings including the effects of the stock repurchase transaction to net income as reported is as follows:For the Quarter Ended June 30, 2012Effect ofAsStockReportedRepurchasePro forma(Unaudited)Operating income$          29,842$                  -$          29,842Interest expense(2,721)(1,875) (d) (4,596)Other income, net490(121) (e) 369Income before income taxes27,611(1,996)25,615Income tax expense(9,071)699(8,372)Consolidated net income18,540(1,297)17,243Net income attributable to  noncontrolling interest(623)-(623)Net income attributable to Mueller  Industries, Inc.$          17,917$          (1,297)$          16,620Weighted average sharesfor basic earnings per share38,029(10,423)27,606Effect of dilutive stock-based awards436-436Adjusted weighted average sharesfor diluted earnings per share38,465(10,423)28,042Diluted earnings per share$             0.47$             0.12$             0.59 (d)  Represents the estimated increase in interest expense for the quarter, assuming an all-in borrowing rate of 3.75% applied to the amount borrowed to fund the stock repurchase transaction. (e)  Represents the estimated decrease in interest income for the quarter, assuming a weighted average return of 0.21% on the amount of the cash portion of the repurchase transaction.SOURCE Mueller Industries, Inc.For further information: Kent A. McKee, +1-901-753-3208