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Borden Dairy approved to be sold to Capitol Peak Partners and KKR

Christian Fernsby |
Borden, one of America's favorite dairy companies founded in 1857, announced the start of a new chapter with Capitol Peak Partners and its affiliates acquiring substantially all Borden assets following completion of a court-supervised sale process.

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Topics: BORDEN DAIRY    SALE   

Capitol Peak will assume majority ownership of the new company, and KKR, an existing lender to Borden, will be a minority investor.

Following the transaction, Borden will be appropriately capitalized, and the business will remain intact, including all plants, branches, routes and the Borden brand. The newly reorganized Borden will be able to continue employment for approximately 3,300 Borden employees and service for Borden customers.

Borden initiated voluntary reorganization proceedings on Jan. 5, 2020, to pursue a financial restructuring designed to reduce its current debt load, maximize value and position the company for long-term success. Today, the court granted approval of the approximately $340 million sale.

Upon closing of the transaction, Borden's former controlling and majority equity holders, ACON Investments and Grupo Lala, respectively, will no longer have ownership interest in the business. Capitol Peak and KKR will establish a new board of directors.

Last month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture awarded Borden the largest contract through its Farmers to Families Food Box Program as part of the Coronavirus Farm Assistance Program. The contract enables Borden to supply 700 million servings of fresh fluid milk for free to qualifying 501(c)3 organizations across the country.

The transaction, which is subject to certain closing conditions, including the entry of a final order, is expected to be finalized in mid-July.


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