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B&G Foods Announces Agreement To Acquire Specialty Brands Of America, Including Bear Creek Country Kitchens®

B&G Foods, Inc. (NYSE:BGS) announced today that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Specialty Brands of America, Inc. and related entities from affiliates of American Capital, Ltd. and certain individuals for approximately $155 million in cash, subject to certain closing and post-closing adjustments.

“We are excited to have reached an agreement to acquire Specialty Brands of America,” stated David L. Wenner, President and Chief Executive Officer of B&G Foods. “Under the leadership of American Capital and Dom Bastien, the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Specialty Brands, the company has built a solid and profitable business that continues to grow.”

Mr. Wenner continued, “We look forward to welcoming Specialty Brands into our family of brands. These brands complement very well our existing portfolio of brands and we believe that B&G Foods will be able to enhance the growth prospects of these brands. In addition, consistent with our acquisition strategy, we expect the acquisition to be immediately accretive to our earnings per share and free cash flow.”

B&G Foods projects that following the acquisition, Specialty Brands will generate on an annualized basis after being fully integrated into B&G Foods net sales of approximately $85 million and adjusted EBITDA of approximately $20 million.

Specialty Brands is a leading packaged foods company with a portfolio of strong and differentiated brands. Specialty Brands’ largest brand is Bear Creek Country Kitchens. Bear Creek is the leading brand of hearty dry soups in the United States. Bear Creek also offers a line of savory pasta dishes and hearty rice dishes. Specialty Brands also offers Spring Tree, Cary’s and MacDonald’s pure maple syrups and pancake syrups, New York Flatbreads and Canoleo margarine.

B&G Foods intends to fund the acquisition with cash on hand and borrowings under its existing revolving credit facility. B&G Foods expects the acquisition to close during the second or third quarter of 2014, subject to regulatory approval and the satisfaction of customary closing conditions.

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