Tyson Foods to acquire AdvancePierre Foods

Total enterprise value of the transaction is $4.2 billion.

Tyson Foods Inc. and AdvancePierre Foods Holdings Inc. announced April 25 that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement pursuant to which a subsidiary of Tyson will launch a tender offer to acquire all of AdvancePierre’s outstanding common shares for $40.25 per share in cash.

“This strategically compelling transaction provides a unique opportunity to create value by joining highly complementary market-leading portfolios,” Tyson said.

The total enterprise value of the transaction, which has been approved by the boards of directors of both companies, is approximately $4.2 billion, including $3.2 billion in equity value and $1.1 billion in assumption of AdvancePierre debt. The offer price represents a 31.8% premium to AdvancePierre’s closing price on April 5, 2017, the most recent unaffected trading day, and a 41.6% premium to the company’s 60-day volume-weighted average trading price ending on April 5, 2017.

Funds affiliated with Oaktree Capital Management LP, which own approximately 42% of the outstanding shares of AdvancePierre common stock, have entered into a tender and support agreement pursuant to which those funds have agreed to tender their AdvancePierre shares.

“We are very pleased to announce this combination with AdvancePierre,” Tyson president and chief executive officer Tom Hayes said. “The AdvancePierre leadership team has created significant value through the implementation of a new business management model, focus on quality and service and attention to the growth opportunities in convenience foods.”

Hayes said the addition of AdvancePierre aligns with Tyson’s strategic intent to sustainably feed the world with the fastest-growing portfolio of protein packed brands.

“This transaction will provide an attractive current premium to AdvancePierre shareholders as well as significant ongoing benefits to Tyson shareholders and the customers and team members of both companies," he said. "We are always prudently evaluating opportunities to leverage our strengths to drive future growth, whether by divesting non-core, non-protein focused assets ... or by acquiring companies like AdvancePierre that enhance our capabilities in growing categories. We believe that AdvancePierre and Tyson are a natural strategic fit and together will accelerate growth for customers by delivering on-trend, high-quality products consumers love. We look forward to welcoming AdvancePierre’s dedicated team members to the Tyson family.”

AdvancePierre president and CEO Christopher Sliva said, “We couldn’t be more delighted to join Tyson. By combining our complementary, market-leading portfolios, both companies will realize greater opportunities. This combination will allow AdvancePierre to accelerate its growth and broaden its distribution network by leveraging Tyson’s existing distribution infrastructure and go-to-market capabilities. Importantly, the transaction also offers compelling and certain value for our shareholders and will provide long-term benefits for our team members and customers.”

Tyson noted that the transaction joins market leaders with complementary product portfolios, adding, “AdvancePierre is a leading national producer of ready-to-eat lunch and dinner sandwiches, sandwich components and snacks, with product categories that are complementary to Tyson’s current offerings.”

The deal is also expected to further Tyson’s leadership in the prepared foods segment. Tyson said AdvancePierre’s product portfolio fits well with Tyson’s strategy to expand its fresh prepared foods offering for both out-of-home and in-home eating occasions.

“The collective portfolio of sandwiches, sandwich components, entrees and snacks will extend Tyson’s core strength into the fast-growing convenience and retail perimeter with solutions that span all day parts. The Barber Foods brand of value-added chicken products has a strong heritage in both retail and foodservice channels, and we look forward to building upon its foundation of quality.” Tyson said.

The acquisition is also expected to be immediately accretive to Tyson’s earnings per share, excluding one-time costs. Based on the most recent filings by both companies, the combined initial net debt to adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization ratio would be approximately 2.7x, which Tyson expects to be reduced steadily by its strong cash flow, including any divestiture proceeds, supporting Tyson’s commitment to its investment-grade credit profile.

Tyson also noted that the transaction creates significant cost and revenue synergies. Expectations are that it will result in cost synergies of approximately $200 million, to be fully realized within three years. Cost synergies will be created by a consolidated manufacturing footprint, procurement efficiencies, distribution network consolidation and addressing redundant sales and marketing functions and duplicative corporate overhead, the company said.

“Tyson also sees the opportunity to utilize high-quality raw materials from the fresh meats division to drive growth and efficiency. The transaction is expected to generate revenue synergies over time by utilizing Tyson’s product innovation platform and portfolio of brands to drive growth across AdvancePierre’s leading sandwich, entrée and snack categories,” the company said.

The tender offer will be subject to customary conditions, including the tender of a majority of the outstanding AdvancePierre shares pursuant to the offer and receipt of required regulatory approvals and is expected to close in the third quarter of Tyson’s 2017 fiscal year.

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