JAB Beech to Buy Krispy Kreme Doughnuts for $1.35B
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Jab Beech Inc. and Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc. have entered into a definitive merger agreement under which JAB Beech will acquire Krispy Kreme for $21 per share in cash, or a total equity value of approximately $1.35 billion. The agreement, which has been unanimously approved by Krispy Kreme’s board of directors, represents a premium of approximately 25 percent over the company’s closing stock price on May 6, 2016. Wells Fargo Securities LLC is serving as financial advisor to Krispy Kreme in connection with this transaction, and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP and Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice LLP are providing legal support and advice. Barclays and BDT & Co. LLC are serving as financial advisors to JAB Beech in connection with this transaction, and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP is providing legal advice. At the close of the transaction, Krispy Kreme will be privately owned and will continue to be independently operated from its current headquarters in Winston-Salem. As of this writing there are over 1,100 Krispy Kreme shops in more than 26 countries around the world. Jab Beech Inc. is a subsidiary of JAB Holdings Co., which has controlling stakes in Keurig Green Mountain, Peet’s Coffee & Tea, Caribou Coffee Co., Einstein Noah Restaurant Group Inc. and Espresso House.