Platinum to buy ConAgra Foods’ JM Swank

Platinum Equity has agreed to acquire JM Swank, a food ingredient sourcing and distribution company, from ConAgra Foods. No financial terms were disclosed. Wells Fargo Securities provided financial advice to ConAgra on the transaction.

PRESS RELEASE

OMAHA, NE and LOS ANGELES, CA–(Marketwired – June 08, 2016) – ConAgra Foods, Inc. (NYSE: CAG) and Platinum Equity, a California-based private equity firm, today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement for Platinum Equity to acquire ConAgra Foods’ JM Swank business, a national food ingredient sourcing and distribution company. Terms of the deal were not announced.

“Our goal continues to be driving greater shareholder value by making ConAgra Foods a more focused and higher performing company,” said Sean Connolly, president and chief executive officer of ConAgra Foods. “The divestiture of JM Swank is the most recent step we have taken to allow us to drive growth by continuing to invest in our product portfolio.”
Platinum Equity CEO Tom Gores said that he expects strong collaboration with ConAgra Foods and his firm’s expertise in corporate divestitures to help ensure a seamless transition.

“We are proud of the relationship we’ve developed with ConAgra Foods and look forward to working together throughout the transition and beyond,” said Gores. “JM Swank is a leader in its industry and our team is excited to partner with management to help drive growth and create new value.”

Gores added, “Complex carve outs require experience, hard work and attention to detail. We have been providing divestiture solutions to corporate sellers for more than 20 years and understand what it takes to be successful.”

Transactions Platinum Equity has completed in recent years include acquisitions from AP Moeller Maersk, Bemis Company, CBS, Deutsche Post DHL, Emerson, Itochu Corporation and Volvo.

Connolly said that he expects JM Swank to continue to be an important ConAgra Foods supplier and customer following the completion of the transaction.

Connolly added, “I’d also like to thank the JM Swank team for all of their many contributions to ConAgra Foods and wish them well in the future.”

Wells Fargo Securities, LLC served as exclusive financial advisor to ConAgra on the transaction.

About ConAgra Foods
ConAgra Foods, Inc. (NYSE: CAG) is one of North America’s leading packaged food companies with recognized brands such as Marie Callender’s®, Healthy Choice®, Slim Jim®, Hebrew National®, Orville Redenbacher’s®, Peter Pan®, Reddi-wip®, PAM®, Snack Pack®, Banquet®, Chef Boyardee®, Egg Beaters®, Hunt’s® and many other ConAgra Foods brands found in grocery, convenience, mass merchandise and club stores. ConAgra Foods also has a strong business-to-business presence, supplying frozen potato and sweet potato products as well as other vegetable, spice and grain products to a variety of well-known restaurants, foodservice operators and commercial customers. For more information, please visit us at www.conagrafoods.com.

About Platinum Equity
Founded in 1995 by Tom Gores, Platinum Equity is a global investment firm with a portfolio of approximately 25 operating companies that serve customers around the world. Platinum Equity specializes in mergers and operations — a trademarked strategy it calls M&A&O® — acquiring and operating companies in a broad range of business markets, including manufacturing, distribution, transportation and logistics, equipment rental, metals services, media and entertainment, technology, telecommunications and other industries. Over the past 20 years, Platinum Equity has completed more than 175 acquisitions.