SPRINGDALE, Ark., and CINCINNATI, Ohio — Tyson Foods Inc. and AdvancePierre Foods Holdings Inc. 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.
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 percent premium to AdvancePierre’s closing price on April 5, 2017, the most recent unaffected trading day, and a 41.6 percent premium to the company’s 60-day volume-weighted average trading price ending on April 5, 2017.
Funds affiliated with Oaktree Capital Management L.P., which own approximately 42 percent 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 pursuant to the tender offer.
Tyson President and CEO Tom Hayes said, “We are very pleased to announce this combination with AdvancePierre. 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. The addition of AdvancePierre aligns with our 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. 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 D. 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.”
Benefits of the combination, the companies said, include:
- Joins market leaders with complementary product portfolios. 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.
- Furthers Tyson’s leadership in prepared foods segment. 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.
- Enhances Tyson’s financial profile. The acquisition is expected to be immediately accretive to Tyson’s earnings per share on both a GAAP and cash basis, excluding one-time costs. Based on the most recent filings by both companies, the combined initial net debt to adjusted EBITDA 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.
- Creates significant cost and revenue synergies. Tyson expects the transaction 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. 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 transaction is not subject to a financing condition. Tyson has secured committed bridge financing from Morgan Stanley Senior Funding, Inc. to complete the transaction and retire AdvancePierre’s debt. 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 fiscal 2017.
Businesses for sale
Tyson’s purchase of AdvancePierre comes one day after Tyson announced it is exploring the sale of three non-protein businesses as part of its focus on protein-packed brands.
Tyson’s Sara Lee Frozen Bakery business, the Kettle busines and Van’s are to be sold.
Company officials said the sale of these businesses will allow Tyson Foods to sharpen its focus on core businesses and expand its protein ledership position in retail and foodservice.
“Through our ongoing strategic planning process, we’re continuously looking at ways to maximize the effectiveness and growth potential of our protein-based portfolio of products,” said Tyson Foods President and CEO Hayes. “The businesses we’re exploring to sell include well-respected brands, operations and product lines. With our protein-focused strategy, we believe other companies may be better positioned to unlock their value over time.”