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Post Holdings To Buy Premier Nutrition Corp. For $180M


Post Holdings Inc., a leading manufacturer, marketer and distributor of branded ready-to-eat cereals, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Premier Nutrition Corp. (PNC).

PNC is a growing marketer and distributor of premium protein beverages and foods under its Premier Protein brand and nutritional supplements under its Joint Juice brand. This acquisition provides Post a platform in the growing active nutrition and supplements businesses, Post says. The PNC business will be independently managed by its management team located in Emeryville, Calif. David Ritterbush, current CEO of PNC, will continue in that role.

“We are excited to enter this high growth and dynamic category,” says Bill Stiritz, Post chairman and CEO. “We could not be more impressed with the terrific quality of the Premier team Dave has put together.”

Terms of the deal call for $180 million in cash to be paid at the time of closing, subject to a working capital adjustment. The company anticipates completing the all-cash transaction by September 2013, subject to customary closing conditions, including the expiration of waiting periods required under antitrust laws and the receipt of necessary third-party consents.

On a full-year basis, the transaction is expected to contribute approximately $130-$140 million to net sales and approximately $17-20 million to EBITDA. The transaction is structured as a reverse subsidiary merger with and into PNC, thereby allowing Post to assume PNC’s net operating loss carryforwards and other tax benefits, which Post management estimates to be in the range of $22-$26 million on a net present value basis.


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