OAK BROOK, IL — TreeHouse Foods announced Thursday that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the majority of the U.S. branded pasta portfolio of Riviana Foods, a subsidiary of Ebro, for $242.5 million in cash. The acquisition includes well-known regional brands, including Prince (Northeast), Creamette (Midwest) and American Beauty (West) and generated revenue of approximately $200 million for the twelve-month period ended June 30, 2020.
The company expects the transaction will be accretive by $0.20 to $0.30 per share in the first full year after closing. Upon completion of the transaction, TreeHouse expects its leverage ratio to remain in the 3.0x to 3.5x range.
"The acquisition of Ebro's well-known regional pasta brands further strengthens our portfolio and expands our scale to better serve our national and regional customers," said Steve Oakland, CEO and President of TreeHouse Foods. "Our existing private label and regional brand pasta business will be a natural complement to the acquired brands and will enable us to further optimize our production network, improve capacity utilization and deliver greater profitability and free cash flow."
"The work we have done over the past several years to strengthen our operating platform and realign our businesses into two distinct segments has positioned us well to execute this transaction and integrate the pasta business," Oakland continued. "We are confident this accretive acquisition, along with the significant progress we have made in generating free cash flow this year, will enhance our ability to drive shareholder value."
The acquisition includes the following regional brands: Skinner, No Yolks, American Beauty, Creamette, San Giorgio, Prince and Light 'n Fluffy, Mrs. Weiss', Wacky Mac, P&R Procino-Rossi and New Mill and the St. Louis manufacturing facility, which employs approximately 90 people. The acquisition does not include the Ronzoni national brand, or its Winchester, Va. and Fresno, Calif. plants.
The transaction is subject to Hart-Scott Rodino review and other customary closing conditions, and is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2020.
Separately, TreeHouse announced its third quarter earnings Thursday. Net sales for the third quarter of 2020 totaled $1.05 billion compared to $1,06 billion for the same period last year, a decrease of 1.1 percent. Organic net sales increased 0.7 percent in the third quarter of 2020 compared to 2019 driven by:
- Volume/mix excluding SKU rationalization and divestitures was favorable 0.4% year-over-year primarily due to increased retail demand as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, which outpaced the impact of carryover distribution losses and decreased food-away-from-home demand.
- Pricing was slightly favorable driven by the Snacking & Beverages division.
The year-over-year increase in organic net sales was partially offset by lower volume/mix related to the divestiture of the two In-Store Bakery facilities, which was unfavorable 1.7 percent.