IRVING, Texas, Dec. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Darling International Inc. (NYSE: DAR), a leading provider of rendering, recycling and recovery solutions to the nations' food industry, today announced that it intends to offer 40,000,000 shares of its common stock in an underwritten public offering. In addition, Darling will grant the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase from it up to 6,000,000 additional shares of Darling common stock. Darling intends to use the net proceeds from the offering to pay part of the consideration for its previously announced acquisition of the VION Ingredients division of VION Holding N.V., together with related fees and expenses, or for general corporate purposes if the acquisition is not completed. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130806/DA58840LOGO) Goldman, Sachs & Co., J.P. Morgan and BMO Capital Markets are serving as joint book-running managers for the offering and Avondale Partners and Stephens Inc. are serving as co-managers. The shares will be issued pursuant to an effective shelf registration statement on Form S-3 that was previously filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). A preliminary prospectus supplement related to the offering has been filed with the SEC and is available on the SEC's website, http://www.sec.gov. Copies of the preliminary prospectus supplement and the accompanying base prospectus related to this offering may be obtained from Goldman, Sachs & Co., Prospectus Department, 200 West Street, New York, NY 10282, telephone: 1-866-471-2526, facsimile: 212-902-9316, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, from J.P. Morgan, Broadridge Financial Solutions, 1155 Long Island Avenue, Edgewood, New York, NY 11717, telephone: 1-631-254-1735 or from BMO Capital Markets, 3 Times Square, New York, NY 10036, phone: 1-800-414-3627 or by emailing BMOProspectus@bmo.com. This news release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the 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 offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or other jurisdiction.