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Superior Uniform Group, Inc. Announces Acquisition Of HPI Direct, Inc.

  • Expects Early Accretion to Earnings

SEMINOLE, Fla., July 1, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Superior Uniform Group, Inc. ("Superior Uniform Group" or "Superior") (Nasdaq:SGC), today announced the acquisition of substantially all of the assets of HPI Direct, Inc. ("HPI" or "HPI Direct") of Alpharetta, Ga., effective today. Since 1993, HPI Direct has built a stellar reputation for quality and responsiveness as a privately owned company specializing in the design, manufacture and distribution of uniforms to major domestic retailers, foodservice chains, transportation and other service industries throughout the United States. HPI's award-winning image apparel is worn by some of the most prestigious brands in the markets that they serve. The transaction is an asset purchase including the assumption of certain liabilities.

The purchase price for the transaction consists of approximately $32.5 million in cash, subject to adjustment, the issuance of approximately $2.3 million in shares of Superior Uniform Group's common stock, the potential future payment of up to $7.2 million in additional contingent consideration through 2017, and the assumption of certain liabilities of HPI Direct. The transaction also includes the acquisition of the corporate offices and warehouse distribution facility from an entity related to HPI Direct. Concurrent with the closing of the acquisition, Superior renewed its $15 million revolver agreement and entered into a new term loan for $30 million. Both credit facilities carry five year terms and variable interest rate of LIBOR plus 0.95%.

"This union brings to Superior Uniform Group an outstanding sales, marketing and customer centric team of people. Their outstanding customer base will further enhance our overall position in the retail, food service, transportation and other markets that they serve," said Michael Benstock, CEO of Superior Uniform Group. "We are very pleased to combine our financial strength and vast resources with HPI's strong leadership and reputation for excellence. The ability to combine the strengths of what were two competing organizations is very exciting. Together, we will be a powerful force to be reckoned with. HPI's revenues for the first six months of 2013 were approximately $16.0 million. We expect this acquisition to be accretive to our operating results in 2013 exclusive of acquisition related expenses."

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