Leucadia National Corporation (NYSE: LUK) announced today that it has entered into a membership interest purchase agreement with National Beef Packing Company, LLC (“National Beef”) and its members, pursuant to which Leucadia will acquire 78.95% of National Beef for a net aggregate cash purchase price of $867.9 million to be paid from Leucadia’s available cash and investments. National Beef is one of the largest beef processing companies in the Unites States. National Beef processes, packages and delivers fresh and frozen beef and beef by-products for sale to customers in the U.S. and international markets. National Beef’s products include boxed beef, ground beef, hides, tallow and other beef and beef by-products. In addition, National Beef sells value-added beef products including branded boxed beef, case-ready beef, portion control beef and further processed hides. National Beef markets its products to retailers, food service providers, distributors, further processors and the U.S. military.
The current owners of National Beef, U.S. Premium Beef, LLC, NBPCo Holdings, LLC and Timothy Klein, National Beef’s Chief Executive Officer, will continue as minority owners of National Beef after consummation of the transaction. For additional information concerning National Beef, see its filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which may be found at www/sec/gov.
Completion of the transactions contemplated by the purchase agreement is subject to certain customary closing conditions, including, among other things, expiration or termination of the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended, and approval by the members of USPB. The board of directors of USPB has approved the purchase agreement and has agreed to recommend that USPB’s members approve the transaction.
Leucadia expects to complete the transactions by the end of 2011 and anticipates that following consummation of the transaction, National Beef will continue to operate in the same manner and with the same management as is currently in place.