PARSIPPANY, N.J. and BOULDER, Colo., Nov. 24, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Pinnacle Foods Inc. and Boulder Brands, Inc. today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement for the acquisition of Boulder Brands by Pinnacle Foods, in a strategic, synergy-rich transaction that expands Pinnacle's presence in growing and complementary health and wellness categories. The transaction also expands Pinnacle's presence in the natural and organic retail channel and provides Pinnacle with a new growth platform in refrigerated foods.
Under the terms of the agreement, Pinnacle Foods intends to launch a tender offer to acquire all of the outstanding shares of Boulder Brands for $11.00 per share, in a transaction valued at approximately $975 million, including approximately $265 million of net debt. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2016. Pinnacle expects the transaction to be accretive to EPS beginning in 2016.
Boulder Brands, headquartered in Boulder, Colorado, manufactures a portfolio of health and wellness brands, including Udi's® and Glutino® gluten-free products, EVOL natural frozen meal offerings, and Smart Balance® and Earth Balance® refrigerated and shelf-stable spreads businesses. The Boulder Brands portfolio is sold in both traditional and natural and organic channels in the U.S., with a consumer base that skews younger than that of Pinnacle's current portfolio average. Annual net sales of Boulder Brands totaled over $500 million in 2014.
Commenting on the announcement, Pinnacle Foods Chief Executive Officer Bob Gamgort stated, "The acquisition of Boulder Brands further expands our health and wellness portfolio, currently anchored by the Birds Eye® and gardein™ brands. In addition to being a synergy-rich, accretive transaction with on-trend brands, the acquisition provides us with an important health and wellness talent pool in Boulder, Colorado. In this regard, we plan to retain Boulder's existing headquarters location."
Dean Hollis, Chairman of Boulder Brands, said, "After a thorough review of strategic alternatives to enhance shareholder value, we are pleased to provide our shareholders with immediate and substantial cash value. In addition to shareholder value, this combination provides significant benefits for all stakeholders. Boulder Brands' purpose has been to 'lead change and improve lives' and today marks an important milestone in that journey. Together with Pinnacle Foods, Boulder Brands will have additional and stronger resources to drive our brands and deliver value to customers and consumers, while providing new opportunities for employees. We expect a seamless transition and look forward to accelerating our growth across an impressive collection of health and wellness brands as part of Pinnacle Foods."
The transaction will be funded with cash on hand and new debt. Pinnacle anticipates that, over the next two years, it will increase Boulder Brands' 2015 consensus Adjusted EBITDA of $62 million by approximately 50%, through a combination of synergies and previously identified cost savings, partially offset by the impact of portfolio optimization that Pinnacle plans to undertake. The anticipated 2017 pro-forma Adjusted EBITDA, combined with the net present value of tax benefits totaling $47 million, implies a purchase price multiple of 10x and Adjusted cash EPS accretion of approximately 8%.
Pinnacle plans to provide 2016 guidance, inclusive of Boulder Brands, during the Company's 2015 year-end earnings conference call in February 2016.
Pinnacle will host a conference call to discuss the transaction today at 9:30 AM ET. To access the call, investors and analysts can dial (866) 655-9758 in the U.S. and Canada or (973) 935-8718 from outside the U.S. and Canada and referencing Access Code: 89774226. A replay of the call will be available, beginning November 24, 2015 at 11:30 AM (ET) until December 8, 2015, by dialing (855) 859-2056 in the U.S. and Canada or (404) 537-3406 from outside the U.S. and Canada and referencing Access Code 89774226. Access to a live audio webcast and replay of the event will be available in the Investor Center of the Company's corporate website at www.pinnaclefoods.com.
Perella Weinberg Partners LP is serving as financial advisor to Pinnacle Foods in connection with this transaction, and Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP is serving as legal advisor. Bank of America Merrill Lynch has provided committed financing in connection with the transaction.
William Blair & Company LLC is serving as financial advisor to Boulder Brands, and Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP is serving as legal advisor.
The tender offer described in this press release has not yet commenced. This press release is for informational purposes only and it is neither an offer to purchase nor a solicitation of an offer to sell shares of Boulder Brands' common stock. At the time any such tender offer is commenced, Pinnacle Foods will file a Tender Offer Statement, containing an offer to purchase, a form of letter of transmittal and other related tender offer documents with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"), and Boulder Brands will file a Solicitation/Recommendation Statement relating to such tender offer with the SEC. Boulder Brands' stockholders are strongly advised to read these tender offer materials carefully and in their entirety when they become available, as they may be amended from time to time, because they will contain important information about such tender offer that Boulder Brands' stockholders should consider prior to making any decisions with respect to such tender offer. Once filed, stockholders of Boulder Brands will be able to obtain a free copy of these documents at the website maintained by the SEC at www.sec.gov.
About Pinnacle Foods Inc.
In more than 85% of American households, consumers reach for Pinnacle Foods brands. Pinnacle Foods is ranked on Fortune Magazine's 2015 Top 1000 companies list. We are a leading producer, marketer and distributor of high-quality branded food products, which have been trusted household names for decades. Headquartered in Parsippany, NJ, our business employs an average of 4,500 employees. We are a leader in the shelf-stable and frozen foods segments and our brands hold the #1 or #2 market position in 10 of the 14 major categories in which they compete. Our Birds Eye Frozen segment manages brands such as Birds Eye®, gardein™, Birds Eye Steamfresh®, C&W®, McKenzie's®, and Freshlike® frozen vegetables, Birds Eye Voila!® complete bagged frozen meals, Van de Kamp's® and Mrs. Paul's® frozen prepared seafood, Hungry-Man® frozen dinners and entrees, Aunt Jemima® frozen breakfasts, Lender's® frozen and refrigerated bagels, and Celeste® frozen pizza. Our Duncan Hines Grocery segment manages brands such as Duncan Hines® baking mixes and frostings, Vlasic® and Vlasic Farmer's Garden® shelf-stable pickles, Wish-Bone® and Western® salad dressings, Mrs. Butterworth's® and Log Cabin® table syrups, Armour® canned meats, Brooks® and Nalley® chili and chili ingredients, Duncan Hines® Comstock® and Wilderness® pie and pastry fruit fillings and Open Pit® barbecue sauces. Our Specialty Foods segment manages Tim's Cascade Snacks®, Hawaiian® kettle style potato chips, Erin's® popcorn, Snyder of Berlin® and Husman's® snacks in addition to our food service and private label businesses. Further information is available at www.pinnaclefoods.com.
About Boulder Brands Inc.
Boulder Brands, Inc. is committed to offering food solutions that give consumers opportunities to improve their lives - one product at a time. The company's health and wellness platform consists of brands that target specific health trends: the Glutino® and Udi's Gluten Free® brands for gluten-free diets; the Earth Balance® brand for plant-based diets; EVOL foods for consumers seeking simple and pure ingredients; and the Smart Balance® brand for heart healthier diets. For more information about Boulder Brands, Inc., please visit www.boulderbrands.com.
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