Americold to Acquire Cloverleaf for $1.24B, Including 22 Cold Storage Facilities
ATLANTA AND SIOUX CITY, IOWA — Americold Realty Trust has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Cloverleaf Cold Storage from the company’s management and an investor group led by private equity funds managed by Blackstone. The purchase price was $1.24 billion. Atlanta-based Americold will acquire 22 cold storage facilities in nine states in the Midwest and Southeast, 21 of which are owned by Cloverleaf and one is managed by the company, totaling 5.2 million refrigerated square feet. Sioux City, Iowa-based Cloverleaf is the fifth largest cold storage provider in the United States. The company acquired competitor Zero Mountain in January. Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC are Americold’s financial advisors in the transaction, and King & Spalding LLP is its legal advisor. Wells Fargo Securities and Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. are Cloverleaf and Blackstone’s financial advisors, and Kirkland & Ellis LLP is their legal advisor.