The WhiteWave Foods Company (“WhiteWave”) (NYSE: WWAV) today announced the pricing of an offering of approximately 29.9 million shares of its Class A common stock owned by Dean Foods Company (“Dean Foods”) at a public offering price of $17.75 per share. The underwriters have a 30-day option to purchase up to approximately 4.5 million additional shares of WhiteWave Class A common stock owned by Dean Foods, at the same public offering price, less the underwriting discount. If the underwriters exercise this option in full, Dean Foods will not own any shares of WhiteWave common stock upon completion of the offering. The offering is expected to close on July 25, 2013.
Prior to the closing of the offering, Dean Foods will exchange its shares of WhiteWave Class A common stock to be sold in the offering for indebtedness of Dean Foods currently held by J.P. Morgan Securities LLC and BofA Merrill Lynch, who are two of the underwriters in the offering. J.P. Morgan Securities LLC and BofA Merrill Lynch will then sell these shares of Class A common stock pursuant to the offering. WhiteWave will not issue any new shares of Class A common stock and will not receive any proceeds from the sale of Class A common stock in the offering. After completion of this offering, there will be approximately 105.1 million shares of WhiteWave Class A common stock outstanding and approximately 67.9 million shares of WhiteWave Class B common stock outstanding, in each case based on the number of shares outstanding as of June 30, 2013.
A registration statement relating to these securities has been filed with, and declared effective by, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy these securities, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such an offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or jurisdiction.