Imperial Sugar Company (NASDAQ:IPSU) announced today that it had entered into a definitive agreement to sell its 50% interest in Wholesome Sweeteners, Inc. to an affiliate of Arlon Group, a private investment group focused on food and agriculture. Imperial’s net proceeds from the sale are estimated to be between $55 million to $60 million cash, subject to adjustment based on Wholesome’s working capital and revolving credit borrowings at the time of closing. Closing of the transaction, which is subject to consummation of the buyer’s debt financing, customary regulatory approvals and certain other closing conditions, is expected to occur in April 2012. Imperial expects to report a gain of $35 million to $40 million upon completion of the sale. Wholesome Sweeteners is the leading provider of organic and fair trade certified sweeteners in North America. The company, which was formed in 2001, is a 50/50 joint venture between Imperial and Edward Billington and Son, Limited of Liverpool, England. About Imperial Sugar Imperial Sugar Company is one of the largest processors and marketers of refined sugar in the United States to food manufacturers, retail grocers and foodservice distributors. With packaging and refining facilities across the U.S., the Company markets products nationally under the Imperial®, Dixie Crystals®, and Holly® brands. For more information about Imperial Sugar, visit www.imperialsugar.com. Statements regarding the ability to complete future asset sales, the amount and timing of proceeds from future asset sales, future market prices and margins, our liquidity and ability to finance our operation,future operating results,future government and legislative actionand other statements that are not historical facts contained in this release are forward-looking statements that involve certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions. These include, but are not limited to, completion of any possible transaction, market factors, legislative, administrative and judicial actions and other factors detailed in the Company's Securities and Exchange Commission filings. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual outcomes may vary materially from those indicated.
Shares of Imperial Sugar Company (Nasdaq:IPSU) were gapping down Thursday morning with an open price 14.9% lower than Wednesday's closing price. The stock closed at $4.35 yesterday and opened today's trading at $3.70.
Imperial Sugar Company (Nasdaq:IPSU) hit a new 52-week low Thursday as it is currently trading at $6.48, below its previous 52-week low of $6.50 with 168,141 shares traded as of 12:35 p.m. ET. Average volume has been 439,500 shares over the past 30 days.