Zhongpin Special Committee Appoints Barclays Bank PLC as Independent Financial Advisor to Evaluate Non-binding Going Private Proposal
BEIJING and CHANGGE, China, May 10, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia-FirstCall/ -- Zhongpin Inc. (HOGS), a leading meat and food processing company in the People's Republic of China, today announced that the special committee of the Company's board of directors (the "Special Committee") has appointed Barclays Bank PLC as its independent financial advisor. Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP has been retained as the Special Committee's legal counsel.
As previously announced, the Company's board of directors formed the Special Committee to review and evaluate the March 27, 2012 non-binding proposal from its chairman and chief executive officer, Mr. Xianfu Zhu, to acquire all of the outstanding shares of the Company's common stock not currently owned by him.
The Special Committee is considering Mr. Zhu's proposal, as well as the Company's other strategic alternatives. No decisions have been made by the Special Committee with respect to the Company's response to Mr. Zhu's proposal. The Special Committee has not set a definitive timetable for the completion of its evaluation of Mr. Zhu's proposal or any other alternative and does not currently intend to announce developments unless and until an agreement has been reached. There can be no assurance that any definitive offer will be made, that any agreement will be executed, or that Mr. Zhu's proposal or any other transaction will be approved or consummated.
Zhongpin Inc. is a leading meat and food processing company that specializes in pork and pork products, vegetables, and fruits in China. Its distribution network in China covers 20 provinces plus Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin, and Chongqing and includes 3,438 retail outlets as of March 31, 2012. Zhongpin's export markets include Europe, Hong Kong, and other countries in Asia. For more information about Zhongpin, please visit Zhongpin's website at http://www.zpfood.com.
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For more information, please contact:
Mr. Sterling Song (English and Chinese)
Director of Investor Relations
Telephone +86 10 8455 4188, extension 106 in Beijing
Mr. Warren (Feng) Wang (English and Chinese)
Chief Financial Officer
Telephone +86 10 8455 4388 in Beijing
Mr. Julian (Yujia) Zhao (English and Chinese)
Telephone +86 10 5826 4727 in Beijing
Mr. Tom Myers (English)
SOURCE Zhongpin Inc.