Keurig Green Mountain, Inc. and JAB Holding Company have entered into a definitive merger agreement under which a JAB-led investor group will acquire Keurig Green Mountain for $92.00 per share in cash, or a total equity value of approximately $13.9 billion. The agreement, which has been unanimously approved by Keurig Green Mountain’s Board of Directors, represents a premium of approximately 77.9% over Keurig Green Mountain’s closing stock price on December 4, 2015.
“The Coca-Cola Company is fully supportive of this transaction”
Keurig, a maker of single-serve coffee brewers, will be privately owned and independently operated following the buyout, according to a statement Monday. The purchase price of $92 a share is 78 percent higher than the company’s closing price on Friday. The premium is the largest in beverage-industry history for any deal above $5 billion, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.
The deal provides a bounty to investors after weak results and dimming prospects weighed on the stock this year. The company has suffered from waning sales of its K-Cup containers and lower prices on brewers. And a new cold brewer is rolling out more slowly than expected. The strong dollar also is hampering international sales.
JAB is a closely-held investment firm based in Luxembourg that manages the $16 billion fortune of Austria’s Reimann family. It’s run by a trio of seasoned consumer-industry executives who are plotting a challenge to global leader Nestle in the coffee industry. Its holdings outside of food include Jimmy Choo shoes and Coty fragrances.