COLUMBUS, Ohio, Jan. 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Lancaster Colony Corporation (Nasdaq: LANC) announced that, as part of its strategic alternative review of nonfood operations, it has sold effectively all the net operating assets of its candle manufacturing and marketing operations. The buyer, identified through a competitive bidding process, is an affiliate of Centre Lane Partners, LLC, a New York private investment firm focused on making debt and equity investments in North American middle-market companies across a wide breadth of industries.
John B. Gerlach, Jr., chairman and CEO of Lancaster Colony, said, "We are pleased to reach a successful conclusion of the sales process for the candle operations as the divestiture is consistent with our long-term objective to concentrate our future effort and investment in the food sector."
Lancaster Colony Corporation is a manufacturer and marketer of specialty food products for the retail and foodservice markets.
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- the uncertainty regarding the extent of post-closing adjustments;
- the buyer's compliance with its obligations under the transaction documents;
- the final determination of any tax benefit we may realize from the transactions;
- the final disposition of any retained liabilities;
- the effect, if any, on relationships with customers who have purchased both food and candle products from us;
- the outcome of any litigation or arbitration; and
- risks related to other factors described under "Risk Factors" in other reports and statements filed by us with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including without limitation our Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q (available at www.sec.gov).