Cloetta AB: Acquires The Jelly Bean Factory

Stockholm / SE. (cab) Swedish Cloetta AB, a leading confectionery company in the Nordic region, the Netherlands and Italy, has acquired Aran Candy Limited and the brand «The Jelly Bean Factory» – an Irish company producing and selling gourmet Jelly Beans worldwide. The acquisition will significantly strengthen Cloetta´s position in the UK. The Jelly Beans from «The Jelly Bean Factory» are premium gourmet Jelly Beans produced in 36 different natural flavours.

«Jelly Beans are known as a product to consumers world-wide, and the acquisition of «The Jelly Bean Factory» will support Cloetta´s profitable growth by adding an offering to the Munchy Moments within the sugar confectionery category. The Jelly Bean Factory has shown strong growth over the last years and the acquisition will significantly strengthen Cloetta´s position in the UK market. In addition, we intend to roll out the products in our current core markets over time», says Bengt Baron, CEO of Cloetta.

The Jelly Bean Factory had sales of about 100 million SEK in 2013 with the UK as the core market. The USA, Canada, Middle East, Ireland and Germany are other important markets.

«We are very pleased to become part of the Cloetta Group. With Cloetta´s focus on brands and strong routes-to-market in their core markets, I am convinced that we will be able to further strengthen and accelerate the growth of The Jelly Bean Factory brand», says Richard Cullen, Managing Director at Aran Candy Limited

Initially, Cloetta has acquired 75 percent of the shares of Aran Candy Limited. The remaining 25 percent will be acquired in 2016. The upfront purchase price is 140 million SEK in cash and the remaining shares will be acquired based on 2015 result targets. The acquisition will be financed utilizing Cloetta´s existing credit facilities. Restructuring costs are estimated to be approximately 15 million SEK in 2014 whereas cost synergies will be very limited.

The company produces and sells Jelly Beans under «The Jelly Bean Factory» brand. It was established in Ireland in 1998 by father and son Peter and Richard Cullen and has had a consistent revenue growth over the last five years. The products are produced in a modern facility (established in 2005) in Dublin, Ireland. The Jelly Bean Factory has about 70 employees. Richard Cullen will continue as Managing Director for the company. The sellers are the founders of The Jelly Bean Factory.

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