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TreeHouse Foods to acquire Flagstone Foods for $860m

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TreeHouse Foods, Inc. will acquire Flagstone Foods, the leading provider of private label healthy snacks, one of the fastest growing on-trend categories in the food industry.

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TreeHouse has agreed to pay Gryphon Investors and other shareholders $860 million in cash for the business, subject to an adjustment for working capital.

The company expects the transaction to have roughly $0.05 to $0.08 impact on 2014 earnings and add approximately $0.24 to $0.28 in EPS in the first full year following closing.

Following the acquisition, TreeHouse's pro forma annual sales are expected to approach $3.5 billion and adjusted EBITDA should exceed $450 million.

The transaction is expected to close during the third quarter of 2014, subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions, and is expected to be financed through a combination of borrowings under TreeHouse's existing credit facility and a $325 million equity issuance.

Flagstone Foods is one of the largest manufacturers and distributors of private label healthy snacks in North America, and holds the #1 private label position in the trail mix and dried fruit categories.

The company has approximately 1,365 employees and is headquartered in St. Paul, M.N. and operates two state-of-the-art facilities in Minneapolis, M.N. and Roberson, N.C.

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