WhiteWave Foods (WWAV) is acquiring Earthbound Farm - the largest organic produce brand in North America - for $600M in cash
The acquisition is expected to be accretive to EPS (+$0.07 before transaction costs) in the first year after close. Subject to regulatory approvals etc., it is expected to be completed during Q1 2014. WhiteWave plans to operate Earthbound Farm as a separate business unit.
Earthbound's anticipated 2013 net sales are over $500M.
WhiteWave will fund the acquisition with borrowings under its existing credit facilities, and intends to increase its credit facilities by $500M to fund further growth.