KPS Capital Partners has completed its acquisition of Anheuser-Busch InBev’s Labatt USA unit. It also bought High Falls Brewing Co. and a perpetual license for the Seagram’s Cooler Escapes and Seagram’s Smooth brands from Pernod Ricard USA. No financial terms for any of the transactions were disclosed.
KPS Capital Partners, LP (“KPS”) today announced that its portfolio company, North American Breweries, Inc., a national platform for investments and growth in the beer and malt beverage industries, has completed its previously announced acquisition of Labatt USA from a subsidiary of Anheuser-Busch InBev (Euronext: ABI). Completion of the transaction, financial terms of which were not disclosed, follows approval by the United States Department of Justice.
In addition to Labatt USA, North American Breweries owns all of the assets of High Falls Brewing Company, LLC and a perpetual license for the Seagram’s Cooler Escapes and Seagram’s Smooth brands.
KPS also announced that Richard Lozyniak was named Chief Executive Officer of North American Breweries. Mr. Lozyniak has served as Chief Executive Officer of two KPS portfolio companies. Most recently he was CEO of Bristol Compressors, Inc., and he previously was CEO of Blue Ridge Paper Products, Inc., prior to its successful sale. Mr. Lozyniak served in various positions with General Electric for fifteen years prior to joining Blue Ridge Paper.
Raquel Vargas Palmer, a Partner of KPS, said, “The Labatt USA acquisition completes the foundation of the North American Breweries platform. My partners and I are very pleased that Rich Lozyniak will serve as CEO of the new company, following two exceptional tenures with other KPS portfolio companies. We are confident that Rich and the North American Breweries management team will enhance the company’s value through acquisitions and many other exciting initiatives that drive organic growth of the company and its brands.”
Mr. Lozyniak said, “I am delighted to once again have the opportunity to lead a KPS company in an industry that is in need of a strong and independent player. North American begins with great assets and brands, significant consumer loyalty, a solid balance sheet and access to additional capital for growth. I look forward to working with James Pendegraft and the North American Breweries team, and all of our stakeholders to capitalize on the many attractive opportunities before us.”
About KPS Capital Partners, LP
KPS Capital Partners, LP is the manager of the KPS Special Situations Funds, a family of private equity funds with over $1.8 billion of committed capital focused on constructive investing in restructurings, turnarounds and other special situations. KPS has created new companies to purchase operating assets out of bankruptcy; established stand-alone entities to operate divested assets; and recapitalized highly leveraged public and private companies. The KPS investment strategy targets companies with strong franchises that are experiencing operating and financial problems. KPS invests its capital concurrently with a turnaround plan predicated on cost reduction, capital investment and capital availability. Typically, the KPS turnaround plan is accompanied by a financial restructuring of the company’s liabilities. The KPS investment strategy and portfolio companies are described in detail at the firm’s website: www.kpsfund.com.
About North American Breweries, Inc.
North American Breweries is a national platform for investments and growth in the beer and malt beverage industries. Formed in 2009, North American Breweries owns High Falls Brewing Company, one of the largest and oldest continually operating breweries in the United States, and is the exclusive marketer and seller of Labatt brand beer and Seagram’s Coolers in the United States. The company’s brands include the complete line of Labatt beers, including the flagship pilsner Labatt Blue and Labatt Blue Light; the Genesee line and the Dundee Ales & Lagers family, which includes the Original Honey Brown Lager; and Seagram’s Cooler Escapes and Seagram’s Smooth. It is also America‘s exclusive distributor of several imports, including Steinlager from New Zealand, Toohey’s New from Australia, Thwaites from the U.K. and Imperial from Costa Rica; and a manufacturer of beer and other alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages under contracts on behalf of other companies. North American Breweries is a portfolio company of KPS Capital Partners, LP.