Dean Foods Announces Early Results Of Tender Offers And Consent Solicitation

DALLAS, Nov. 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Dean Foods Company (NYSE: DF) today announced that, pursuant to its previously announced cash tender offers (the "Tender Offers" and together with the Consent Solicitation, as described below, the "Offers") it has received and accepted for purchase $376,188,000 aggregate principal amount of its outstanding 9.750% Senior Notes due 2018 (CUSIP No. 242370AC8) (the "2018 Notes") and has received $210,886,000 aggregate principal amount of its 7.000% Senior Notes due 2016 (CUSIP No. 242370AA2) (the "2016 Notes" and together with the 2018 Notes, the "Notes"), of which it has accepted for purchase $23,812,000, which Notes were validly tendered and not validly withdrawn before 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on November 25, 2013 (the "Early Tender Deadline").  Because more than $400,000,000 combined aggregate principal amount of Notes (the "Tender Cap") were validly tendered and not validly withdrawn prior to the Early Tender Deadline, in accordance with the proration terms of the Offers as more fully described in the Offer to Purchase and Consent Solicitation Statement dated November 12, 2013 (the "Offer to Purchase") and the related Letter of Transmittal, $187,074,000 of the 2016 Notes will be returned to their registered holders (each a "Holder"), and Dean Foods does not expect to accept for purchase any additional Notes in the Offers.  Withdrawal rights for the Offers have expired and have not been extended. The Offers will expire at 11:59 p.m., New York City time, on December 10, 2013, unless extended (the "Expiration Time"). 

The following table sets forth the results to date of the Tender Offers:

CUSIP Number

Title of Security

Aggregate Principal Amount Outstanding Prior to the Early Tender Deadline

Acceptance Priority Level

Principal Amount Tendered

Approximate Percentage of Outstanding Amount Tendered

 

 

 

Principal Amount Accepted(1)

Total Consideration

Late Consideration

242370AC8

9.750%
Senior Notes due 2018

$400,000,000

1

$376,188,000

94%

$376,188,000

$1,143.73

$1,113.73

242370AA2

7.000%
Senior Notes due 2016

$500,000,000

2

$210,886,000

42%

$23,812,000

$1,133.28

$1,103.28



(1)

The maximum aggregate principal amount of Notes that will be purchased by Dean Foods will not exceed the Tender Cap.

Holders of Notes who validly tendered and did not validly withdraw their Notes and, if applicable, delivered their consents pursuant to the Consent Solicitation at or prior to the Early Tender Deadline, are eligible to receive the applicable Total Consideration (as defined in the Offer to Purchase), which includes an Early Tender Premium of $30 per $1,000 in principal amount of Notes validly tendered and accepted for purchase, on November 26, 2013.  Holders who validly tender their Notes and, if applicable, deliver their consents after the Early Tender Deadline and at or prior to the Expiration Time will only be eligible to receive the applicable Late Consideration (as defined in the Offer to Purchase), which is the applicable Total Consideration minus the Early Tender Premium, on December 11, 2013, unless extended.

The amount of each series of Notes that will be accepted for purchase following the Expiration Time will be determined in accordance with the Tender Cap and the Acceptance Priority Levels set forth in the table above, as described in the Offer to Purchase and related Letter of Transmittal.  As a result, each Holder who validly tenders Notes pursuant to the Offers may have all or a portion of its Notes returned to it, and the amount of Notes returned will depend on the overall level of participation of Holders in the Offers.  Dean Foods reserves the right, subject to applicable law, to increase or waive the Tender Cap, in its sole discretion.

In addition to the Total Consideration or the Late Consideration, as applicable, all Holders of Notes accepted for purchase pursuant to the Tender Offers will also receive a cash payment representing the accrued and unpaid interest on their purchased Notes from the last applicable interest payment date for such Notes to, but excluding, the applicable settlement date.

Concurrently with the Tender Offers, Dean Foods commenced a consent solicitation (the "Consent Solicitation") with respect to the 2018 Notes to amend the indenture pursuant to which the 2018 Notes were issued to, among other things, eliminate substantially all of the restrictive covenants and certain events of default contained therein. Consents in respect of at least a majority in aggregate principal amount of the outstanding 2018 Notes are required to approve the proposed amendments (the "Requisite Consents").  Dean Foods has received consents from Holders of approximately 94% of the aggregate principal amount of the outstanding 2018 Notes. Accordingly, Dean Foods has received the Requisite Consents and has executed a supplemental indenture to effect the proposed amendments to the indenture.  The supplemental indenture is binding on Holders of 2018 Notes not purchased in the Offers. 

The Offers are subject to a number of conditions that are set forth in the Offer to Purchase. Subject to applicable law, Dean Foods may also terminate either Tender Offer at any time before the Expiration Time in its sole discretion.  The conditions are more fully described in the Offer to Purchase.

BofA Merrill Lynch is acting as Sole Dealer Manager and Solicitation Agent for the Offers. Persons with questions regarding the Offers should contact BofA Merrill Lynch at 888-292-0070 (toll free) or 980-387-3907 (collect). Requests for copies of the Offer to Purchase or other tender offer materials and questions regarding the tendering of Notes may be directed to Global Bondholder Services Corporation, the Information Agent, at 866-470-3800 (toll free) or 212-430-3774 (collect).

This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or purchase, or the solicitation of an offer to sell or purchase, or the solicitation of tenders or consents with respect to the Notes.

The Offers are only being made pursuant to the tender offer documents, including the Offer to Purchase and the related Letter of Transmittal as distributed to Holders of the Notes. The Offers are not being made to Holders in any jurisdiction in which the making or acceptance thereof would not be in compliance with the securities, blue sky or other laws of such jurisdiction. In any jurisdiction in which the Offers are required to be made by a licensed broker or dealer, it shall be deemed to be made by the Dealer Manager and Solicitation Agent or any other licensed broker or dealer on behalf of Dean Foods.

ABOUT DEAN FOODS

Dean Foods® is a leading food and beverage company in the United States and is the nation's largest processor and direct-to-store distributor of fluid milk. Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, the Dean Foods portfolio includes TruMoo®, the leading national flavored milk brand, along with well-known regional dairy brands such as Alta Dena®, Berkeley Farms®, Country Fresh®, Dean's®, Garelick Farms®, LAND O LAKES® milk and cultured products*, Lehigh Valley Dairy Farms®, Mayfield®, McArthur®, Meadow Gold®, Oak Farms®, PET®**, T.G. Lee®, Tuscan® and more. In all, Dean Foods has more than 50 local and regional dairy brands and private labels. Dean Foods also makes and distributes ice cream, cultured products, juices, teas, and bottled water. Nearly 19,000 employees across the country work every day to make Dean Foods the most admired and trusted provider of wholesome, great-tasting dairy products at every occasion. For more information about Dean Foods and its brands, visit www.deanfoods.com.

*The LAND O LAKES brand is owned by Land O'Lakes, Inc. and is used by license.

**PET is a trademark of The J.M. Smucker Company and is used by license.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

Some of the statements in this press release are "forward-looking". These "forward-looking" statements include statements relating to, among other things, the Tender Offers and the Consent Solicitation. These statements involve risks and uncertainties that may cause results to differ materially from the statements set forth in this press release. The Company's ability to consummate the Offers depends on a variety of factors, including without limitation the satisfaction of certain conditions.  The Company may not consummate the Offers in accordance with the terms described in this press release or at all. For other risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ from the forward-looking statements contained in this press release, see the "Risk Factors" section of the Company's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC. The forward-looking statements in this press release speak only as of the date of this release. The Company expressly disclaims any obligation or undertaking to release publicly any updates or revisions to such statements to reflect any change in its expectations with regard thereto or any changes in the events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statement is based.

CONTACT: Corporate Communications, Liliana Esposito, +1-214-721-7766; or Investor Relations, Barry Sievert, +1-214-303-3438

SOURCE Dean Foods Company



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