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SUPERVALU Inc. (NYSE: SVU) today announced it completed the sale of its Albertsons, Acme, Jewel-Osco, Shaw’s and Star Market stores and related Osco and Sav-on in-store pharmacies to AB Acquisition LLC, an affiliate of a Cerberus Capital Management L.P.-led investor consortium, in a stock deal valued at $3.3 billion, including $100 million in cash and $3.2 billion in debt assumption. Operations for these banners will transfer overnight, and the new SUPERVALU will open for business on Friday as a more efficient wholesale and retail company with annual sales of approximately $17 billion.
As part of the transaction, SUPERVALU also announced that Symphony Investors, a Cerberus-led investor consortium, completed its tender offer resulting in the acquisition of 11,686,406 shares (approximately 5.475 percent of SUPERVALU’s outstanding common stock) at a purchase price of $4.00 per share in cash. In addition, pursuant to the terms of the transaction, the company issued 42,477,692 million new shares of common stock (approximately 19.9 percent of the outstanding shares) to Symphony Investors at a purchase price of $4.00 per share in cash to the company, or approximately $170 million. The tender offer and primary stock issuance establish Symphony Investors as SUPERVALU’s largest shareholder with 21.2 percent of total outstanding common shares.
“The successful completion of this transaction marks a significant milestone for SUPERVALU and our shareholders, customers and employees,” said Sam Duncan, SUPERVALU’s president and chief executive officer. “As we move forward, SUPERVALU will continue as one of the largest wholesale grocery providers in America serving nearly 2,000 independent retailers in 43 states; we plan to continue growing our hard discount Save-A-Lot format that includes over 1,300 stores nationwide; and we will operate five, strong regional retail banners. I am pleased to be leading SUPERVALU during this time of change and strongly believe there is an exciting future ahead for us.”