General Mills: Agrees to Sell Helper and Suddenly Salad Businesses

Minneapolis / MN. (gm) General Mills Inc. announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its Helper main meals and Suddenly Salad side dishes businesses to Eagle Family Foods Group, a portfolio company of Kelso + Company, in a cash transaction valued at approximately USD 610 million. The proposed transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of fiscal 2023, subject to regulatory approval.

«With this divestiture, we are continuing to reshape our portfolio and advance our Accelerate strategy,» said Jon Nudi, General Mills Group President, North America Retail. «This transaction improves our North America Retail segment’s growth profile and allows us to increase our focus on brands and categories where we have the best opportunities to drive profitable growth.»

Net sales for the Helper and Suddenly Salad businesses totaled approximately USD 235 million in fiscal 2021. The company expects the divestiture to be dilutive to its adjusted earnings per share in the range of approximately 10 to 11 cents in the first 12 months after closing, before factoring in any potential benefit from the use of proceeds from the sale. The company will provide more information on the transaction on its fourth quarter earnings call in late June.

Goldman Sachs + Co. LLC served as financial adviser to General Mills for the transaction and Cleary Gottlieb Steen + Hamilton LLP served as legal adviser.

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