June 29/Minnetonka, Minn./PRNewswire -- Michael Foods Inc. announced that its parent, Michael Foods Group Inc., closed a previously announced transaction under which its owners, affiliates of Thomas H. Lee Partners, L.P. (THL) and certain current and former members of management, sold Michael Foods to affiliates of GS Capital Partners. The transaction values Michael Foods at approximately $1.7 billion.
Michael Foods is a multinational producer and distributor of food products to the foodservice, retail and food ingredient markets. Its principal products are specialty egg products, refrigerated potato products, cheese and other dairy-case products. THL, which acquired Michael Foods in 2003, will retain an ownership stake of approximately 20% as part of the transaction.
"We look forward to working with Jim Dwyer, the entire management team and THL to further build the company's strong product portfolio across all segments," said Oliver Thym, managing director at GS Capital Partners. "We are excited to continue the company's demonstrated track record of finding profitable growth opportunities."
James E. Dwyer Jr., chief executive officer and President of Michael Foods, said, "The Michael Foods team is excited about our next stage of growth and is looking forward to a great partnership with GS Capital Partners and THL."
In addition to closing the transaction, Michael Foods is announcing the retirement of its executive chairman of the board of directors, Gregg A. Ostrander, and its vice chairman, John D. Reedy.
Ostrander became chairman of the board in 2001 and has been executive chairman since 2008. He joined Michael Foods in 1993 and has held several senior management positions, including president/chief executive officer from 1994-2007. Ostrander will remain an investor in and a non-management director of Michael Foods. Under Ostrander's leadership, Michael Foods became one of the largest producer of egg products in North America, as well as a leader in the food industry by introducing innovative, value-added food technology and customer solutions.
Reedy joined the company in 1988. He served as the chief financial officer and executive vice president of Michael Foods from 2000-2007, and chief financial officer and vice president - Finance from 1988-2000, prior to becoming vice chairman in 2008.
Regarding the retirements, Dwyer added, "It's been terrific working closely with Gregg on managing the business and the sale process. I am delighted that he will continue to provide ongoing counsel to our team in his new role as a non-management director. I also want to thank John for his invaluable counsel during the transaction process. I speak for the entire Michael Foods family in wishing them the very best as they enter the next phase of their lives."
Ostrander commented on Reedy's retirement, noting, "John has been a valued partner, advisor and a key contributor to the success of Michael Foods in his over 22 years serving as our CFO and more recently as our vice chairman."
"Both Gregg and John have been great partners over the past seven years and proven leaders at Michael Foods for many years prior. Their contributions to the company's success have been significant," commented Anthony J. DiNovi, co-president of Thomas H. Lee Partners and director of Michael Foods. "They will be missed in retirement, but they have left their indelible mark on this strong, vibrant company and leave behind a superb management team. This legacy positions Michael Foods for continued success and is one of the reasons why we're pleased to retain an ownership stake."
BofA Merrill Lynch acted as financial advisor and Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP acted as legal advisor to Michael Foods and THL in connection with the transaction. Goldman, Sachs & Co. acted as a financial advisor and Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP acted as legal advisor to GS Capital Partners. Affiliates of Bank of America, Goldman, Sachs & Co. and Barclays Capital provided commitments for the debt financing for the transaction.
From the June 30, 2010, Prepared Foods' Daily News
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