Green Mountain Coffee Roasters acquires Tully’s Coffee Brand

first_imgGreen Mountain Coffee Roasters Announces Asset Purchase Agreement for Acquisition of the Tully’s Coffee Brand and Wholesale BusinessWest Coast Acquisition to Accelerate GMCR’s Geographic Expansion PlansCompany Intends to Leverage Full Potential of Complementary Tully’s brand to drive Keurig(r) Single-Cup Brewing system penetration across North America WATERBURY, VT (September 15, 2008) – Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (NASDAQ: GMCR) announced today that the Company has executed an Asset Purchase Agreement to acquire the Tully’s coffee brand and wholesale business from Tully’s Coffee Corporation for a cash purchase price of $40.3 million, subject to adjustment at closing. Tully’s wholesale business division distributes handcrafted coffees and related products via office coffee services, food service distributors, and over 5,000 supermarkets located primarily in the western states. Tully’s Coffee Corporation will remain an independent company, owned by its existing shareholders and managed by its existing management team, with a focus on its retail and international division assets. Tully’s retail business will operate under license and supply agreements with GMCR. This arrangement is intended to create consistent representation of the Tully’s brand while providing high quality gourmet coffee to all customers drinking Tully’s branded coffee. Following the completion of this transaction, GMCR expects to integrate approximately 70 employees from Tully’s wholesale business into its Green Mountain Coffee segment. GMCR will sublease from Tully’s the portion of Tully’s manufacturing and distribution center in Seattle, WA that is devoted to the wholesale business. Green Mountain Coffee intends to finance the purchase through its existing $225 million senior revolving credit facility. This transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including approval by Tully’s shareholders, and is expected to close by the end of calendar 2008. Tom T. O’Keefe, Chairman of the Board of Tully’s, representing 10.4 % of the outstanding voting shares and 20.1% of the common stock outstanding of Tully’s, has agreed to vote in favor of the transaction. Green Mountain Coffee anticipates the acquisition will be neutral to modestly accretive to its earnings per share for the first twelve months of ownership following the closing of the transaction, and accretive thereafter. Taking into account the acquisition, the Company is not changing its previously issued estimates for fully diluted GAAP earnings per share in the range of $1.20 to $1.30 per share for fiscal year 2009. Lawrence J. Blanford, President and CEO of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, said, “GMCR is delighted to be adding an outstanding specialty coffee brand such as Tully’s to our coffee roasting family. Tully’s will provide GMCR with a complementary West Coast brand and business infrastructure, furthering our plans to establish the Company, and its proprietary Keurig(r) Single-Cup Brewing system, throughout North America.” Blanford continued, “Tully’s wholesale sales over the past 12 months ended June 30, 2008 of $30.4 million are up approximately 35% driven by growing supermarket distribution to 5,000 doors in 20 states, primarily in the western part of the nation, and K-Cup(r) portion pack sales. This complements our own business in these channels, which is currently largely on the East Coast. Enhanced distribution of Tully’s K-Cup portion packs in supermarkets and office coffee services also presents exciting opportunities. Tully’s has been a Keurig licensee since November, 2005. With this acquisition, we intend to further leverage the brand’s potential and aggressively grow Tully’s wholesale business.” Blanford concluded, “We have great admiration for the Tully’s brand and commitment to the community which the founder, Tom T. O’Keefe, has created. We believe Tully’s wholesale business is a compelling and strategic acquisition. It will further strengthen GMCR’s ability to better service its customers and deliver enhanced shareholder value over time.” Ropes & Gray LLP served as legal advisor to GMCR for this acquisition.About Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (NASDAQ: GMCR) is recognized as a leader in the specialty coffee industry for its award-winning coffees, innovative brewing technology and socially and environmentally responsible business practices. GMCR manages its operations through two wholly owned business segments: Green Mountain Coffee and Keurig. Its Green Mountain Coffee division sells more than 100 high-quality coffee selections, including Fair Trade Certified(tm) organic coffees, under the Green Mountain Coffee(r) and Newman’s Own(r) Organics brands through its wholesale, direct mail and e-commerce operations (www.GreenMountainCoffee.com(link is external)). Green Mountain Coffee also produces its coffee as well as hot cocoa and tea in K-Cup(r) portion packs for Keurig(r) Single-Cup Brewers. Keurig, Incorporated is a pioneer and leading manufacturer of gourmet single-cup coffee brewing systems for offices, homes and hotel rooms. Keurig markets its patented brewers and K-Cups(r) through office distributors, retail and direct channels (www.Keurig.com(link is external)). K-Cups are produced by a variety of licensed roasters including Green Mountain Coffee and Tully’s. Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. has been recognized repeatedly by CRO Magazine, Forbes and SustainableBusiness.com as a good corporate citizen and an innovative, high-growth company.Forward-Looking StatementsCertain statements contained herein are not based on historical fact and are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the applicable securities laws and regulations. Owing to the uncertainties inherent in forward-looking statements, actual results could differ materially. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, the Company’s success in receiving required approvals for the acquisition of Tully’s wholesale business, the Company’s success in efficiently and effectively integrating Tully’s wholesale operations and capacity into its Green Mountain Coffee segment, the impact on both companies’ retail sales of consumer sentiment regarding the health of the economy, the Company’s success in efficiently expanding operations and capacity to meet growth, competition and other business conditions in the coffee industry and food industry in general, fluctuations in availability and cost of high-quality green coffee, any other increases in costs including fuel, the unknown impact of management changes, Keurig’s ability to continue to grow and build profits with its roaster partners in the office and at home markets, the impact of the loss of one or more major customers for Green Mountain Coffee or Tully’s or reduction in the volume of purchases by one or more major customers, delays in the timing of adding new locations with existing customers, Green Mountain Coffee’s level of success in continuing to attract new customers, variances from sales mix and growth rate, weather and special or unusual events, as well as other risks described more fully in the Company’s filings with the SEC. Forward-looking statements reflect management’s analysis as of the date of this press release. The Company does not undertake to revise these statements to reflect subsequent developments, other than in its regular, quarterly earnings releases.###last_img read more

Duncan welcomes Sunderland link

first_imgInter Milan midfielder Alfred Duncan has admitted he is “flattered” to be linked with a move to Premier League side Sunderland.Duncan is regarded as one of Ghana’s most promising young players and has been compared Chelsea’s Michael Essien.A move to the Stadium of Light has been mooted this summer, and the 20-year-old is aware of the reported interest from Wearside.Duncan said: “I am flattered by the interest of Sunderland. I know the scout of Sunderland has been watching me.“To be honest, though, nothing has been done and Inter will have a big say if I leave Inter or not.“Fans compare me with Essien and if I can have half of his career I will be very happy. “He is the best midfielder ever in Ghana. He played box-to-box, could break play up and could dictate play at the same time.”last_img read more

L.A. metro apartment rents state’s highest

first_imgHowever, San Francisco County is the most expensive individual market in the state with an average monthly rent of $2,243, Bates said. He noted that rent increases moderated somewhat over the past year because occupancy slipped by a percentage point or two. “That takes pressure off rents,” he said. Jack Kyser, vice president and chief economist at the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp., said that the Los Angeles area still has strong occupancy levels. “This indicates that it is a tight market, and given what’s happened in the housing market you are probably going to see continued demand for rental housing,” Kyser said. The least expensive rental markets in the RealFacts assessment are in Oklahoma. In Oklahoma City, rent in the third quarter averaged $555, up an annual 1.3 percent. And in Tulsa rents averaged $556, also a 1.3 percent increase. [email protected] (818) 713-3743160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Los Angeles metropolitan area remained the state’s most expensive rental market in the third quarter, an industry tracker said Wednesday. During the July through September period, rents increased an annual 5.5 percent to an average $1,630 in the Los Angeles/Long Beach/Santa Ana metropolitan area, said RealFacts.com. The occupancy rate decreased an annual 1 percent to 96.5 percent. The region’s been the most expensive market for more than three years, said RealFacts spokesman Chris Bates. He’s not surprised that apartments here are in demand. “I think it’s the popularity of L.A. L.A and New York City have star power and people are willing to go to extreme means in terms of living arrangements to do it,” Bates said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.In the Los Angeles County portion of the market, the average rent increased 5.4 percent to $1,683 and the occupancy rate slipped 0.7 percent to 95.5 percent, RealFacts said. In Ventura County, the average rent rose 5.1 percent to $1,548 a month and occupancy fell 3.2 percent to 94 percent. The state’s second-most expensive market was the San Jose/Sunnyvale/Santa Clara metro area where the average rent soared 11.9 percent to $1,622 a month. The occupancy rate there dipped 0.4 percent to 96.8 percent. The Novato-based company tracks rent and occupancy trends of complexes of 100 or more units in major markets in 15 states. The average rent is based on studio to three-bedroom apartments. Los Angeles metro is also the most expensive market in the RealFacts tracking area and the San Jose area ranks second. last_img read more