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JBS to acquire Plumrose USA from Danish Crown

Deal is expected to close in second quarter 2017.

JBS intends to acquire Plumrose USA from Danish Crown for $230 million.

What is Plumrose?
Plumrose USA is a manufacturer with more than 80 years of experience in providing meat products throughout the United States. It started as a sliced ham company in 1932 and has expanded to offer premium bacons, packaged deli meats, quality deli counter hams, cooked ribs and canned hams.

Plumrose annual net revenues are estimated at $500 million and it manages five plants and two distribution centers with 1,250 employees in the United States.

Why acquire it?
“Today’s announcement is further demonstration of our commitment to disciplined growth through strategic acquisitions that further diversify our product portfolio, expand our branded offerings and strengthen our direct relationship with consumers,” said Andre Nogueira, CEO, JBS USA Food Company. “Plumrose USA is a well-respected business with an outstanding professional team, a strong portfolio of branded, cooked and prepared foods, and first-class, well-invested assets in strategic geographic locations that complement our current business structure. We are excited to welcome the more than 1,200 dedicated team members of Plumrose USA to JBS and look forward to building on the legacy of high quality products and outstanding service established by Danish Crown.”

What does the acquisition include?
The acquisition includes five prepared foods facilities, including one in Elkhart, Indiana, two in Council Bluffs, Iowa, one in Booneville, Mississippi, and one in Swanton, Vermont, and two distribution centers in South Bend, Indiana, and Tupelo, Mississippi, respectively

What is Danish Crown?
The Danish Crown group is the world’s largest pork exporter and Europe’s largest pork processor. Danish Crown is also the largest meat processing company in Europe.

Group turnover is approximately DKK 60 billion with a workforce of approximately 26,000 employees. The company was founded in 1887 as a cooperative and the ownership still belongs to approximately 8,000 Danish farmers.

Why sell Plumrose?
“The focus of Danish Crown’s 4WD strategy is to lead our home markets in Northern Europe, further grow our position in Asia and to expand our leading position in casings globally,” said Jais Valeur, Group CEO of Danish Crown. “We have therefore decided to sell Plumrose USA. I am certain that JBS, with its wide presence and access to raw materials in North America, is a perfect match for Plumrose USA and will help fortify its business to the benefit of many loyal customers. Plumrose USA is an excellent company, which has made significant progress over the past years and I would like to take this opportunity to thank the management and employees in Plumrose USA for their committed efforts.”

What is the global strategy of JBS?
The announced transaction is a clear continuation of the JBS global strategy to increase its presence in the prepared foods and branded product categories. Since 2013, JBS has expanded its consumer-facing product portfolio through the acquisitions of Seara, a pork and poultry prepared foods business in Brazil; Andrews Meat Industries, a red meat solution provider in Australia; Primo Smallgoods, a leader in branded, prepared foods including ham, sausage and bacon products in Australia and New Zealand; Moy Park, a leader in innovative convenience products and prepared foods in the United Kingdom; Cargill Pork, which includes significant bacon production capabilities; and GNP Company, a leading provider of premium branded chicken products in the U.S.

When is this expected to close?
It is anticipated that the proposed transaction would close during the second quarter of 2017, subject to regulatory review and approval, and customary closing conditions.

Who are the financial advisors?
Barclays acted as financial advisor to JBS in this transaction. Squire Patton Boggs acted as legal advisor to JBS.

Source: JBS

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