AdvancePierre Foods Announces Potential Pricing for IPO
AdvancePierre Foods has filed an amended S-1 form with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) regarding its initial public offering (IPO). The company expects to price the 18.6 million shares in the range of $20 to $23 per share with an overallotment option for an additional 2.79 million shares. At the maximum price the entire offering is valued up to $491.97 million. The company intends to list on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol APFH.
The underwriters for the offering are Barclays, Credit Suisse, Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, BMO Capital Markets, Deutsche Bank, Merrill Lynch, Wells Fargo, and Houlihan Lokey.
This company markets and distributes roughly 2,600 stock keeping units (SKUs) across all day parts in multiple product categories, including: ready-to-eat sandwiches, such as breakfast sandwiches, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and hamburgers; sandwich components, such as fully cooked hamburger and chicken patties and Philly steaks; and other entrées and snacks, such as country fried steak, stuffed entrées, chicken tenders and cinnamon dough bites.
In fiscal 2015, 67.4% of net sales were attributable to the fast-growing ready-to-eat sandwiches and sandwich components categories. These products are shipped frozen to customers and sold under the company’s commercial and retail brands, as well as private label and licensed brands.
In the filing AdvancePierre Foods detailed:
We sell to a diverse set of over 3,000 customers and have an average relationship tenure of approximately 20 years with our top 20 customers. We employ a customer-centric approach, which is rooted in market-leading research and development (“R&D”) capabilities, product quality and customer service. We have dedicated marketing and sales teams for each of our channels to serve the specific needs of our customers. We enjoy “category captain” status in many of our product categories with our largest foodservice customers. In many cases, we collaborate with our customers to develop new products, customizing recipes and flavors in a cost efficient manner. We believe our customer-centric approach is a competitive advantage that helps our customers grow their businesses and, in turn, accelerates our organic growth and profitability.
The company will use the net proceeds from this offering to repay a portion of its first lien term loan, with the remainder going toward general corporate purposes. Note that there are selling stockholders in this offering who are offering roughly 7.51 million shares, and the company will not receive the proceeds from their sale.