Hormel Foods Acquisition of Columbus Manufacturing announced

by Editor fleischwirtschaft.com
Thursday, November 02, 2017
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Hormel Foods Corporation announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Columbus Manufacturing, Inc., an authentic, premium deli meat and salami company, from Chicago-based Arbor Investments. This strategic acquisition positions Hormel Foods as a total deli solutions provider and enhances its other strong deli brands such as Hormel, Jennie-O, Applegate, and DiLusso.
The purchase price is approximately $850 mill. Total annual sales are approximately $300 mill. with an expected growth rate in excess of 5%. Hormel Foods expects this acquisition to be modestly accretive to earnings per share in fiscal 2018. Full-year accretion in fiscal 2019 is expected to be between 6 to 8 cents per share.

The company will continue to operate from California and will report into the Refrigerated Foods segment. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including the receipt of regulatory approvals in the United States. Hormel Foods was advised by Barclays and Faegre Baker Daniels LLP. Columbus Manufacturing was advised by BofA Merrill Lynch and DLA Piper LLP (US). In addition, Rothschild provided financial advice to Columbus Manufacturing.
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