The Kraft Heinz Business revealed today that it has actually participated in a definitive agreement to offer its Natural, Grated, Cultured and Specialty cheese services to a U.S. affiliate of Groupe Lactalis for a purchase cost of $3.2 billion USD. The proposed deal is anticipated to close in the first half of 2021, based on regulative evaluation and approval.
The deal consists of Kraft Heinz’s Natural, Grated, Cultured and Specialized cheese organizations in the U.S., Grated cheese service in Canada, and the entire International Cheese organization outside these two countries, consisting of the following brand names: Breakstone’s, Knudsen, Polly-O, Athenos, Hoffman’s, Cracker Barrel in the U.S. only, and outside the U.S. and Canada just, Cheez Whiz.
In addition, Kraft Heinz will partner with Groupe Lactalis on a continuous license for Kraft in Natural, Grated and International cheeses and Velveeta in Shredded and International cheeses.
Kraft Heinz will keep the Philadelphia Cream Cheese, Kraft Singles, Velveeta Processed Cheese and Cheez Whiz Processed Cheese companies in the U.S. and Canada, the Kraft, Velveeta and Cracker Barrel Mac & Cheese businesses worldwide, and the Kraft Sauces service worldwide.
“We believe these cheese and dairy businesses will thrive in the hands of a global dairy company like Groupe Lactalis,” said Kraft Heinz CEO Miguel Patricio. “At the same time, the transaction will enable us to build sustainable competitive advantage in businesses where we have stronger brand equity, greater growth prospects and can use our manufacturing scale and consumer-based platforms approach. This is a great example of agile portfolio management at work.”
As described in the brand-new Kraft Heinz running model announced earlier today, platform functions will assist resource allotment and financial investment decisions. Kraft Heinz will focus on growth locations and take tactical action where appropriate. This will help to accrete the Business’s development profile, enhance strategic focus, and develop shareholder value.
The cheese companies being offered contributed around $1.8 billion USD to Kraft Heinz’s net sales for the twelve months ended June 27, 2020. The deal assessment represents an approximate 12x multiple of LTM Adjusted EBITDA( 1) for the standalone company. Kraft Heinz expects to utilize post-tax deal earnings mostly to pay for financial obligation.i