The J. M. Smucker Co. announced the signing of a definitive agreement to acquire Hostess Brands Inc. for $34.25 per share in a cash and stock transaction, representing a total enterprise value of approximately $5.6 billion, which includes approximately $900 million of net debt.
This represents an adjusted EBITDA multiple of approximately 17.2x based on the company's estimate of Hostess Brands full year 2023 results, and an approximate 13.2x multiple when including anticipated run rate synergies of $100 million.
The acquisition expands the J. M. Smucker Co.’s offering of brands in the categories of coffee, peanut butter, frozen handheld, fruit spreads, dog snacks and cat food categories.
The transaction includes the Hostess Brands sweet baked goods brands (Hostess Donettes, Twinkies, CupCakes, DingDongs, Zingers, CoffeeCakes, HoHos, Mini Muffins and Fruit Pies) and the Voortman cookie brand, along with manufacturing facilities in Emporia, Kansas; Burlington, Ontario; Chicago, Illinois; Columbus, Georgia; Indianapolis, Indiana; and Arkadelphia, Arkansas (which is currently under construction) and a distribution facility in Edgerton, Kansas.
Additionally, approximately 3,000 employees will join the J. M. Smucker Co. in conjunction with the transaction.
Mark Smucker, chair of the board, president and chief executive officer, said in the announcement: "We are excited to announce the acquisition of Hostess Brands, which represents a compelling expansion of our family of brands and a unique opportunity to accelerate our focus on delighting consumers with convenient solutions across different meal and snacking occasions. With this acquisition, we are adding an iconic sweet snacking platform; enhancing our ability to deliver brands consumers love and convenient solutions they desire; and leveraging the attributes Hostess Brands offers, including its strong convenience store distribution and leading innovation pipeline, combined with our strong commercial organization and consistent retail execution across channels to drive continued growth. Our organization is well positioned to deliver on the great potential our expanded family of brands offers, as has been reflected by our history of growth through acquisition and the successful integration of new categories to our business. We look forward to this exciting new chapter for The J.M. Smucker Co."
Andy Callahan, president and chief executive officer of Hostess Brands, said in the announcement: "I am extremely proud of the entire Hostess Brands team for the legacy they created in building a premier snacking company and driving industry leading returns for our investors. Today represents another exciting chapter for Hostess Brands as we combine our iconic snacking brands with The J.M. Smucker Co.'s family of beloved brands. We believe this is the right partnership to accelerate growth and create meaningful value for consumers, customers and shareholders. Our companies share highly complementary go-to market strategies, and we are very similar in our core business principles and operations. Above all else, Hostess Brands and The J.M. Smucker Co. share a deep commitment to inspiring moments of joy and satisfaction through our products, and we look forward to continuing to do so as part of The J.M. Smucker Co. family."
Financial highlights of the transaction include:
- Net sales contribution of approximately $1.5 billion, with an estimated mid-single digit percentage annual growth rate.
- Annual run-rate cost synergies of approximately $100 million achieved within the first two years of ownership.
- Adjusted earnings per share expected to be accretive in the first fiscal year.
- Strong cash flow of combined business enables rapid deleveraging, while continuing to reinvest in the business.
The J.M. Smucker Co., through its wholly owned subsidiary SSF Holdings, Inc., will commence an exchange offer to acquire all outstanding shares of Hostess at a price of $34.25 per share of Hostess common stock, consisting of $30.00 of cash and .03002 of a share of the company's common stock (having a value of $4.25 based on the closing price of the company's common stock on Friday, September 8, 2023) to be exchanged for each Hostess share. The closing of the exchange offer will be subject to certain conditions, including the tender of at least a majority of the outstanding shares of Hostess common stock and other customary closing conditions, including receipt of required regulatory approvals. Upon the successful completion of the exchange offer, the company will acquire all of the remaining shares of Hostess common stock that were not tendered in the exchange offer through a second-step merger for the same consideration per share as paid in the exchange offer.
The transaction is anticipated to close in the third quarter of the company's current fiscal year ending April 30, 2024. The transaction has been unanimously approved by the boards of directors of both The J.M. Smucker Co. and Hostess Brands Inc.