OAK BROOK, Ill., July 8, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- TreeHouse Foods, Inc. (THS) announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell the Company's Snacks Division to Atlas Holdings LLC ("Atlas"). Atlas owns and operates 19 manufacturing and distribution businesses, which collectively employ more than 17,000 associates at over 150 facilities worldwide. Atlas has agreed to pay $90 million for the Division, subject to certain post-closing adjustments. TreeHouse projected the Snacks Division to generate net sales of approximately $670 million in 2019. TreeHouse plans to use the net proceeds of the sale to pay down debt. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to close in the third quarter of 2019. TreeHouse plans to update its full-year guidance to reflect this transaction in its second quarter earnings announcement.
The Snacks Division, with more than 800 employees, is one of the largest manufacturers and distributors of private label healthy snacks to premier retail customers in North America. It is a leader in the nuts and trail mix categories. The Division operates three plants, located in Robersonville, North Carolina; El Paso, Texas; and Dothan, Alabama. A fourth plant, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, is scheduled to close by the end of the third quarter as previously announced. The Minneapolis plant, and the manufacturing-related employees located there, are not included in this transaction. Both companies are committed to a smooth transition for employees, customers and consumers.
"The sale of the Snacks Division is a key step in optimizing TreeHouse's overall product portfolio. It is the culmination of TreeHouse's strategic review of its Snacks business," said Steve Oakland, CEO and President of TreeHouse Foods. "This transaction allows the Snacks Division to unlock its potential and serve its customers even better under Atlas' ownership. We are grateful for the hard work put forth by the Snacks team during these last several years."
"This Snacks business will be a welcome addition to the Atlas family of manufacturing and distribution companies," said Michael Sher, Partner of Atlas Holdings. "Customers are consistently choosing private label brands, and this business is a premier manufacturer with unique growth potential. We're excited to partner with this team to deliver the finest healthy, private label snacks in the industry."
ABOUT TREEHOUSE FOODS
TreeHouse Foods, Inc. is a leading manufacturer and distributor of private label packaged foods and beverages in North America. We have over 40 production facilities across the United States, Canada and Italy, and our vision is to be the undisputed solutions leader for custom brands for our customers. Our product portfolio includes shelf stable, refrigerated, frozen and fresh products, including baked goods (refrigerated and frozen dough, cereal, cookies, crackers, pretzels and snack bars); beverages (broth, single serve hot beverages, creamers and powdered drinks); meal solutions (dressings, hot cereal, macaroni and cheese, pasta, pickles, sauces and side dishes); and healthy snacks (dried fruits and vegetables, nuts and trail mix). We have a comprehensive offering of packaging formats and flavor profiles, and we also offer natural, organic and preservative-free ingredients across almost our entire portfolio. Our purpose is to make high quality food and beverages affordable to all.
Additional information, including TreeHouse's most recent statements on Forms 10-Q and 10-K, may be found at TreeHouse's website, http://www.treehousefoods.com.
ABOUT ATLAS HOLDINGS LLC
Headquartered in Greenwich, Connecticut and founded in 2002, Atlas and its affiliates own and operate 19 platform companies which employ more than 17,000 associates at more than 150 facilities worldwide. Atlas operates in sectors such as aluminum processing, automotive, building materials, capital equipment, construction services, food packaging, paper, power generation, pulp, supply chain management and wood products. Atlas' companies together generate more than $5 billion dollars in revenues annually. For additional information, please visit www.atlasholdingsllc.com.
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