Herman Miller (NASDAQ: MLHR) today announced that it has completed the previously announced acquisition of Knoll, Inc. (“Knoll”), creating the pre-eminent leader in modern design. The combined company comprises 19 leading brands, a presence across over 100 countries worldwide, a global dealer network, 64 showrooms globally, more than 50 physical retail locations and global multi-channel eCommerce capabilities.
“The closing of this transaction is the first step to realising the great benefits of this combination, and I want to thank the teams at Herman Miller and Knoll for their incredible efforts which enabled us to reach this milestone”, said Andi Owen, President and Chief Executive Officer of Herman Miller. “We are especially pleased to have completed the transaction quickly, which allows us to swiftly begin taking advantage of the strengths of the combined company. We are a group of people and brands guided by a shared vision, common values and a steadfast commitment to design. Together we can be truly inclusive, design for everyone and care for our planet. With a broader portfolio, scaled global footprint and advanced digital capabilities, we will be poised to meet our customers everywhere they live and work.”
As previously announced, the combined company will be led by Herman Miller President and CEO, Andi Owen. In addition to Owen, the combined company will be led by a world-class management team made up of executives from both Herman Miller and Knoll.
Knoll (NYSE: KNL) shares will cease trading prior to the market open on 20 July 2021, and each share of Knoll common stock has been converted in the merger into the right to receive 0.32 shares of Herman Miller common stock. The completion of the transaction results in Herman Miller shareholders owning approximately 78% of the combined company and Knoll shareholders owning approximately 22%.
Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC served as financial advisor to Herman Miller and Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz served as legal advisor.
About Herman Miller
Herman Miller is a globally recognised leader in design. Since its inception in 1905, the company's innovative, problem-solving designs and furnishings have inspired the best in people wherever they live, work, learn, heal and play. In 2018, Herman Miller created Herman Miller Group, a purposefully selected, complementary family of brands that includes Colebrook Bosson Saunders, DWR, Geiger, HAY, Maars Living Walls, Maharam, naughtone and Nemschoff. Guided by a shared purpose – design for the good of humankind – Herman Miller Group shapes places that matter for customers while contributing to a more equitable and sustainable future for all. For more information visit hermanmiller.com/about-us.