Post Holdings Expansion of brands with Bob Evans breakfast sausages

by Editor fleischwirtschaft.com
Thursday, September 21, 2017
Sausages will join eggs and cereals.
Photo: Post Holdings
Sausages will join eggs and cereals.

Post Holdings, Inc. (“Post”) and Bob Evans Farms, Inc. (“Bob Evans”) announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement in which Post will acquire Bob Evans for $77.00 per share. The highly complementary combination will significantly strengthen Post’s portfolio of brands, expand choices for customers and increase Post’s presence in higher growth categories of the packaged food market.
Founded in 1948, Bob Evans is a leading producer and distributor of refrigerated potato, pasta and vegetable-based side dishes, pork sausage, and a variety of refrigerated and frozen convenience food items under the Bob Evans, Owens, Country Creek and Pineland Farms brands.

Bob Evans also has a growing foodservice business, representing approximately 35% of volume. The foodservice business sells a range of products, including sausage, sausage gravy, breakfast sandwiches and side dishes, which are made to match individual customer specifications.

The combination with Bob Evans shall strengthen Post’s presence in commercial foodservice, create opportunities for future growth and enhance Post’s position as one of North America’s largest packaged food companies.

The transaction, which was approved by the Boards of Directors of both companies, is expected to be completed in the first calendar quarter of 2018, Post’s second quarter of fiscal year 2018, subject to customary closing conditions including the expiration of waiting periods under U.S. antitrust laws and approval of Bob Evans’ stockholders.

The equity value of the transaction is approximately $1.5 billion. The acquisition purchase price represents a 15% premium on the 30 day volume weighted average price (VWAP) of Bob Evans shares. Post expects to finance the purchase with cash on hand and through borrowings under Post’s existing revolving credit facility. Bob Evans will continue its dividend payments in the ordinary course of business pending closing.

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