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Tyson Foods to acquire AdvancePierre Foods in $4.2 billion deal

Strategic acquisition expands Tyson Foods' portfolio of prepared foods and protein-packed brands.

April 25, 2017   by Canadian Packaging staff

SPRINGDALE, Ark. and CINCINNATI—Tyson Foods, Inc. and AdvancePierre Foods Holdings, Inc. have, as of April 25, 2017, announced a definitive merger agreement where 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 transaction provides a unique opportunity to create value by joining highly-complementary market-leading portfolios.

The total enterprise value of the transaction, which has been approved by the Boards of Directors of both companies, is approximately US$4.2 billion, including $3.2 billion in equity value and $1.1 billion in assumption of AdvancePierre debt.

Tyson president and chief executive officer Tom Hayes says, “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.

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“We are always prudently evaluating opportunities to leverage our strengths to drive future growth, whether by divesting non-core, non-protein focused assets—as announced yesterday—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,” explains Hayes.

AdvancePierre president and chief executive officer Christopher D. Sliva adds: “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.”

About Tyson Foods 
Tyson Foods, Inc., with headquarters in Springdale, Arkansas, is one of the world’s largest food companies with leading brands such as Tyson, Jimmy Dean, Hillshire Farm, Sara Lee, Ball Park, Wright, Aidells and State Fair. It’s a recognized market leader in chicken, beef and pork as well as prepared foods, including bacon, breakfast sausage, turkey, lunchmeat, hot dogs, pizza crusts and toppings, tortillas and desserts. The company supplies retail and foodservice customers throughout the U.S. and approximately 115 countries. Tyson Foods was founded in 1935 by John W. Tyson, whose family has continued to lead the business with his son, Don Tyson, guiding the company for many years and grandson, John H. Tyson, serving as the current chairman of the board of directors. At October 1, 2016, the company had approximately 114,000 employees at more than 400 facilities and offices in the U.S. and around the world.

About AdvancePierre Foods

AdvancePierre Foods Holdings, Inc., headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, is a leading national producer and distributor of value-added, convenient, ready-to-eat sandwiches, sandwich components and other entrées and snacks to a wide variety of distribution outlets including foodservice, retail and convenience store providers. With revenues of $1.6 billion in 2016 and approximately 4,500 employees, the company offers a broad line of products across all day parts including: ready-to-eat sandwiches, such as breakfast sandwiches, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and hamburgers; sandwich components, such as fully-cooked hamburger and chicken patties, and Philly steaks; and other entrées and snacks, such as country-fried steak, stuffed entrées, chicken tenders and cinnamon dough bites.


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