US: Oaktree stalking horse for Quantum Foods
Quantum Foods auction set for next month
Raging Bull, a subsidiary of Oaktree Capital, has emerged as the stalking horse bidder for protein firm Quantum Foods.
Quantum has entered into a fully-executed asset purchase agreement with Raging Bull after receiving bankruptcy court approval for the move, the firm revealed yesterday (19 March).
Raging Bull has agreed a cash purchase price of US$54m and the assumption of up to $30.3m in liabilities.
As part of the planned sale process, under the terms of Quantum's Chapter 11 bankruptcy, the group will continue to solicit competing offers for an auction, scheduled to take place on 17 April.
In the meantime, the company confirmed that it has received debtor-in-possession funding of $60m to ensure the continuation of uninterrupted operations.
Quantum Foods, LLC Receives Enhanced Sale Agreement Approval Schedule Finalized for Auction and Sale March 19, 2014 08:45 PM Eastern Daylight Time BOLINGBROOK, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Quantum Foods, LLC, a leading independent custom provider of value-added proteins, today announced that it has received bankruptcy court approval of its entry into a fully-executed Asset Purchase Agreement with Raging Bull Acquisition Company LLC. The approved agreement provides for a substantial increase in the value paid for the business of at least $6.5 million over the previous stalking horse terms.
Raging Bull, a subsidiary of funds managed by Oaktree Capital Management L.P., whose portfolio of companies also includes AdvancePierre Foods, Inc., agreed to a cash purchase price of $54 million and the assumption of up to $30.3 million in liabilities. Closing of the sale is scheduled for April 23, 2014.
As part of the planned sale process through Chapter 11, the company will continue to solicit additional competing offers for Quantum Foods to ensure it achieves the highest and best offer for its business. The auction will take place on April 17, 2014, with court approval scheduled on April 21, 2014 and closing set for April 23, 2014.
In addition, a secured commitment for $60 million in debtor-in-possession (DIP) financing was approved from its current lending group led by Crystal Financial LLC to fund its ongoing operations.
Quantum Foods filed a voluntary Chapter 11 petition in the District of Delaware on February 18, 2014 to obtain the essential financing necessary to preserve continuity, to the greatest extent possible, for its customers, employees and business partners.
With DIP financing approval, the company will continue purchasing goods and services from its suppliers and to pay suppliers in the normal course for all goods and services delivered on or after the February 18, 2014 bankruptcy filings.
Quantum Foods is being advised in its restructuring by Winston & Strawn, City Capital Advisors, LLC and FTI Consulting, Inc. Information about the Company's Chapter 11 case can be accessed at www.bmcgroup.com/restructuring.
Original source: Quantum Foods
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