Emerson to Sell InSinkErator to Whirlpool

Published: August 9, 2022

Emerson has announced an agreement to sell its InSinkErator business to Whirlpool Corporation for $3.0 billion. InSinkErator’s trailing twelve-month revenue, as of March 31, 2022, was $595 million, pretax earnings were $148 million and EBITDA* was $166 million, representing a transaction value of 18.1x EBITDA.

The sale of InSinkErator represents a meaningful step in Emerson’s continued commitment to creating a higher growth, more diversified and cohesive portfolio.

“This agreement builds on InSinkErator’s rich history as the world’s largest manufacturer of food waste disposers and instant hot water dispensers for home and commercial use, and I look forward to the next chapter,” InSinkErator president Joe Dillon told KBB. “As part of Whirlpool Corporation, InSinkErator is in good company with some of the world’s most valuable and respected brands and well positioned to support Whirlpool Corporation’s constant pursuit of improving life at home.”

Dillon continued, “The kitchen is the hub of activity and social connection for families and friends. The InSinkErator brand and products help make it easier to maintain a cleaner, more sustainable kitchen through the responsible, efficient management of food waste, creating a meaningful difference for our customers and the world.”

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InSinkErator, the world’s largest manufacturer of food waste disposers and instant hot water dispensers for home and commercial use, was founded in 1938 and acquired by Emerson in 1968. Whirlpool Corporation, a leader in the home appliance industry, is well positioned to build on InSinkErator’s strong legacy and performance for long-term growth and success.

The transaction is expected to close in Emerson’s 2023 fiscal year, subject to regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions. Emerson will work closely with Whirlpool Corporation to help ensure a smooth transition for customers and InSinkErator’s nearly 1,400 employees.

Emerson engaged Goldman Sachs as its financial adviser and Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP as legal counsel for the transaction.

This post was updated on August 10, 2022.

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