Sun Capital Partners, the Florida-based private equity firm, sold its Fearmans Pork, the Canadian pork processing facility, to Sonina Foods, Inc. Specifics on the transaction were not publicized.
Affiliate of Sun Capital Partners, Inc. Reaches Definitive Agreement to Sell Fearmans Pork to Sofina Foods, Inc.
Transaction Represents Sun Capital’s Sixth Successful Exit in 2012
BOCA RATON, FL – April 10, 2012 – Sun Capital Partners, Inc. (“Sun Capital,”) a leading private investment firm specializing in leveraged buyouts and investments in market-leading companies, today announced the signing of a definitive agreement to sell its affiliated portfolio company Fearmans Pork, which operates the largest pork processing facility in Ontario, Canada. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The sale to Sofina Foods, Inc. is expected to close once regulatory approvals are obtained.
Headquartered in Burlington, Ontario, Fearmans Pork was acquired by an affiliate of Sun Capital from Maple Leaf Foods in a corporate carve-out transaction which necessitated assembling a new management team and corporate infrastructure. Fearmans Pork expanded production to meet demand, implemented new hog procurement programs to improve quality and delivery, and introduced products for niche markets. As a result of these improvements, 2011 sales increased by 16 percent.
“Fearmans Pork has made great strides as a standalone business,” said Marc Leder, Co-CEO at Sun Capital Partners. “Management has effectively created an infrastructure and stabilized hog procurement, which assures the region’s hog farmers that they have a committed and capable partner. Sofina Foods is a natural steward for the next stage of its growth.”
Sun Capital Partners has prior experience in the sector through its affiliated portfolio companies, including Contessa Premium Foods, a leading U.S. processor and distributor of premium seafood and frozen convenience meals; Creekstone Farms, a processor of high-quality Black Angus beef and seller of branded fresh beef and value-added products; Harry’s Fresh Foods, a producer of premium home-style refrigerated foods for the retail and foodservice markets; and Sunrise Growers-Frozsun, a leading value-added U.S. supplier of frozen strawberry products and a distributor and marketer of fresh strawberries.
About Sun Capital Partners, Inc.
Sun Capital Partners, Inc. is a leading private investment firm focused on leveraged buyouts, equity, debt, and other investments in companies that can benefit from its in–house operating professionals and experience. Sun Capital affiliates have invested in more than 295 companies worldwide with combined sales in excess of $45 billion since Sun Capital’s inception in 1995. Sun Capital has offices in Boca Raton, Los Angeles, and New York, as well as affiliates in London, Paris, Frankfurt, Luxembourg, Shanghai and Shenzhen. For more information, please visit www.SunCapPart.com.
About Fearmans Pork
Established in 1852, in Ontario, Fearman’s Pork operates Canada’s oldest pork-processing facility, which is also the largest in the province. The Company supplies product to other processors, retailers and food service providers, including chilled pork products, specialty, and counter-ready products. For more information, please visit www.fearmans.com.