Deal Diary

Welcome to Acquisition International’s Deal Diary, the place where we showcase exciting deals from across the globe. With each diary entry, we’ll be taking a comprehensive look at the inner workings of the deal in question and will be venturing behind the scenes to take a look at the dedicated professionals involved in ensuring its success.

Here you will discover the most active deal makers and a comprehensive catalogue of the transactions they have been involved with.

Tier 1: The Website - Go live worldwide within 24 hours!

Within 24 hours of booking, we'll upload your deal and company profile - including contact details and links to your homepage - right here on our site, putting you and your firm in front of
40,000 visitors every month!

You will, of course, get a full company bio, including your contact details and fully clickable links direct to your website, and to make sure the people who matter will be able to find every deal you and your firm have been involved in at the click of a button, all of the deals posted on the Deal Diary site are incredibly easy to search by firm name, individual name, sector or region. We even have an automatically updated deal leaderboard (right). 

Tier 2: The Newsletter - Direct to 108,000 subscribers!

Your involvement in the deal will be featured on our weekly Deal Round-Up newsletter,  published via email every Thursday to a global audience of  108,000. Your deal write-up will also include hyperlinked images and logos, taking readers straight to your homepage. That’s a potential 108,000 clicks every month!

Tier 3: The Publication - Sent to 108,000 people in 170 countries!

The deal and your involvement will appear in the Deal Diary section of our monthly magazine, distributed to 108,000 people in 170 countries around the world. This is where you can tell us all about the deal and how you made it happen, providing the perfect opportunity to shout about your firm’s experience, expertise and the great work you’ve been doing.


King & Wood Mallesons Advise Parquest's Acquisition of Clinique du Souffle
July 30, 2015
Insight acquisition of a stake in Fenergo
July 23, 2015
Emisys acquisition of minoriry stake in Club Del Sole
July 23, 2015
Initiative & Finance Acquisition of Minority Stake in FAK
July 23, 2015
Siemens Acquisition of Magazino from HTGF
July 23, 2015
Spice Private Equity & Helios Investment Partners acquire Africa Oil Corporation.
July 23, 2015
Altor & Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking Division Acquires Majority stake in Hamlet Protein.
July 22, 2015
Alternative Assets No Longer Considered Alternative
July 22, 2015
Finansinvest Enhances operations with SunGard’s Front Arena for Trading and Risk Management
July 22, 2015
DLA Piper Advise Olayan's and Mandarin Oriental's Acquirers of Ritz Hotel (€130 million)
July 16, 2015
Sorainen Advises Graanul Invest's acquisition of SIA Latgran
July 16, 2015
Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP Advise Hormel Foods's acquisition of Applegate (Hormel’s l
July 15, 2015

Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP Advise Hormel Foods's acquisition of Applegate 

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Hormel Foods Corporation (NYSE: HRL) today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Applegate Farms, LLC (“Applegate”), owner of the Applegate®brand, the No. 1 brand in the natural and organic value-added prepared meats category.

The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including the receipt of regulatory approvals in the United States, and is expected to close within 60 days.

“A growing number of consumers are choosing natural and organic products. This deal allows us to expand the breadth of our protein offerings to provide consumers more choice,” said Jeffrey M. Ettinger, chairman of the board, president and chief executive officer at Hormel Foods. “The Applegate team has built a great brand, and consumers can rest assured there will not be any changes to the way Applegate meats are raised and produced. Together, we can provide a faster path to expanded offerings in this high-growth category.”

Applegate will operate autonomously as a standalone subsidiary in the company’s Refrigerated Foods segment. Applegate has 100 employees located primarily in Bridgewater, New Jersey, and the company will be managed by this core Applegate team plus a few new folks from the parent company who will relocate to Bridgewater. Applegate has strategic relationships with a diverse set of manufacturers and processors who draw from approximately 1,800 family farms.

“Over the last 28 years Applegate has brought transparency and clean ingredients to American favorites and classics like hot dogs, bacon and deli meat,” said Stephen McDonnell, Applegate founder and long-time CEO. “It was my mission from the start to change the way we think about meat – how it’s raised and produced – and this agreement is definitely a continuation of that mission.” 

Applegate 2015 annual sales are expected to be about $340 million. The purchase price is approximately $775 million. Including estimated deal costs and fair value adjustments, the deal is projected to be neutral to Hormel Foods earnings per share in fiscal 2015, and accretive by approximately 7 to 8 cents per share in fiscal 2016. Hormel Foods expects this acquisition to be accretive to company growth targets. 
Credit Suisse is serving as exclusive financial advisor to Hormel Foods in connection with this transaction. The selling shareholders are Stephen McDonnell and Swander Pace Capital.

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WKB Advise Aviva During Acquisition of Expander Advisors
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Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP Advise Orchard Brands During Capmark's Acquisition ($410 million)
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Sullivan & Cromwell Advise CVS Health's Purchase of Omnicare
July 8, 2015
SGP Rechtsanwälte Advise Pyrolyx's Purchase of Carbon Clean Tech Stegelitz
July 8, 2015
JLL Advise Ankkurikadun Kiinteistöt's Purchase of Properties in Finland and Sweden
July 8, 2015
Sawicki Advises Hartenberg's Purchase of Shares in Good Food
July 8, 2015
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