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Spectrum Brands Completes Acquisition of Residential Lockset Business of Tong Lung Metal Industry Co

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Spectrum Brands Completes Acquisition of Residential Lockset Business of Tong Lung Metal Industry Co. Ltd.

MADISON, Wis.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Spectrum Brands Holdings, Inc. (NYS: SPB) announced today that it has completed the acquisition of the residential lockset business of Tong Lung Metal Industry Co. Ltd. (Tong Lung), a Taiwanese manufacturer of residential and commercial locksets and related hardware, in connection with Spectrum Brands‘ accretive cash purchase of the Hardware & Home Improvement Group (HHI) of Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. (NYS: SWK) on December 17, 2012. The commercial lockset business of Tong Lung will remain with Stanley Black & Decker.

A total of $100 million of the $1.4 billion HHI purchase price had been held in escrow until the closing of the Tong Lung portion of the HHI acquisition. Thepurchase includes the Tong Lung Metal Industry Co. Ltd. name, a major residential lockset manufacturing plant in Subic Bay, Philippines and sales, R&D and engineering operations for tooling and new product development in Taiwan. For the 12 months ended December 31, 2011, the Tong Lung residential business had sales of approximately $48 million, excluding sales to HHI. Tong Lung‘s residential OEM and branded lockset sales are primarily to customers in North America, Asia and Latin America. Tong Lung branded products are predominantly sold under its EZSET brand.

With manufacturing operations in the Philippines and Taiwan, Tong Lung further diversifies and vertically integrates HHI‘s supply chain and expands capacity for high quality tubular, electronic, mortise and cylindrical lockset manufacturing and hardware manufacturing that will accelerate HHI‘s global growth initiatives.

Tong Lung‘s existing sales and distribution channels throughout Asia and Latin America provide immediate new growth opportunities for HHI‘s international lock and electronic security products. HHI‘s focus on innovation in both traditional and electronic product categories will be enhanced through Tong Lung‘s manufacturing tooling center and robust, in-house engineering and R&D capabilities, which will add velocity and breadth to new product introductions.

HHI is a major manufacturer and supplier of residential locksets, residential builders’ hardware and faucets for residential applications with a portfolio of renowned brands, including Kwikset, Weiser, Baldwin, National Hardware, Stanley, FANAL, Pfister and EZSET. HHI is a leader in its key markets with #1 positions in U.S. residential locksets (Kwikset), Canada residential locksets (Weiser), U.S. luxury locksets (Baldwin), and U.S. builders’ hardware (Stanley/National Hardware), and a top 5 position in U.S. faucets (Pfister).

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