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Hostess Selects Stalking Horse Bidders For Drake's® And Additional Bread Brands

KANSAS CITY, Mo., Jan. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Hostess Brands Inc. today announced that the Company has selected two stalking horse bidders for its Drake's® snack cake brand and for its Sweetheart®, Eddy's®, Standish Farms®, and Grandma Emilie's® bread brands.

The combined purchase price under the two stalking horse bids is approximately $56.35 million.

Under the first stalking horse agreement, McKee Foods Corporation has agreed to pay $27.5 million for the Drake's® brand and certain equipment. Drake's® products include Ring Dings, Yodels, Devil Dogs, Yankee Doodles, Sunny Doodles, and Drake's Coffee Cake.

Under the second stalking horse agreement, United States Bakery, Inc. has agreed to pay $28.85 million for the Sweetheart®, Eddy's®, Standish Farms®, and Grandma Emilie's® bread brands, four bakeries, and 14 depots, plus certain equipment.

"These agreements once again set a strong value for our businesses and we look forward to conducting an auction process that will further enhance the return for Hostess's stakeholders," said Hostess Brands Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Gregory F. Rayburn. "The contemplated purchase prices for Drake's® and the four bread brands, together with our previous announced stalking horse bid for the majority of our bread business, means we have agreements to sell these assets for at least $440 million.

"We expect that figure to significantly increase once we announce a stalking horse bidder for the majority of our snack cake business, including Twinkies."

The Hostess snack cake business and the remaining bread business are contemplated to be sold in separate transactions.

As previously announced, Flowers Foods, Inc. was selected as the stalking horse bidder for the majority of the assets related to Hostess's bread business, including the Butternut®, Home Pride®, Merita®, Nature's Pride®, and Wonder® brands.

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