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KPS Capital Partners to Acquire Tate & Lyle's Ownership Interest in Primient

May 23, 2024

KPS CAPITAL PARTNERS TO ACQUIRE TATE & LYLE’S OWNERSHIP INTEREST IN PRIMIENT

New York, NY (May 23, 2024) — KPS Capital Partners, LP (“KPS”) announced today that it has entered into a definitive purchase agreement with Tate & Lyle PLC (LSE: TATE.L, “Tate & Lyle”) to acquire Tate & Lyle’s remaining ownership interest of 49.7% in Primary Products Investments LLC (“Primient” or the “Company”) for $350 million. Completion of the transaction is expected by end of July 2024 and is subject to customary closing conditions and approvals.

Primient is a leading producer of food and industrial ingredients made from plant-based, renewable resources. Founded in 1906 as A.E. Staley Manufacturing Co., Primient has an over 100-year history of producing corn-derived products in the United States. The Company produces corn-derived products which are used in a wide variety of applications including carbonated beverages, confectionary products, packaging applications and animal feed for some of the world’s most recognizable food and beverage brands. Primient employs approximately 1,800 people across six manufacturing facilities in the United States and Brazil.   

In April 2022, KPS acquired a controlling interest in Primient, Tate & Lyle’s Primary Products Business in North America and Latin America. In connection with the transaction, Primient and Tate & Lyle entered into long-term agreements to provide security of supply to both Primient and Tate & Lyle’s retained businesses.

Michael Psaros, Co-Founder and Co-Managing Partner of KPS, said, “Primient’s performance has exceeded our expectations, and this second investment represents KPS’ continued commitment to Primient, its customers and employees. Under our ownership, Primient will continue to modernize its operations, supporting growth initiatives and industry-leading sustainability practices. We intend to make further strategic investments to strengthen Primient’s role within the corn wet milling industry and the broader bioeconomy.” 

Jim Stutelberg, Chief Executive Officer of Primient, said, “We are excited for the future of Primient and to strengthen our partnership with KPS. Since KPS acquired Primient, I am incredibly proud of the tremendous progress we’ve made on our priorities of providing high-quality products and services to our customers and creating a safer workplace for our employees. Over the past two years, we have worked extensively with KPS to develop and execute our modernization and growth strategy to empower Primient to meet customer needs today and in the future. With strong KPS support, we are executing on more than $700 million in capital investments over the next five years to ensure the highest quality and most reliable production in the industry for decades to come. We believe the scale of our planned investments is unmatched in our industry and will position Primient to win new opportunities to serve the bioeconomy. In addition to the investments, Primient continues to set itself apart in the corn wet milling industry as the only corn wet miller to completely phase out coal, having transitioned all facilities to more sustainable energy sources, and enabling Primient to achieve its ambitious sustainability commitments.” 

KPS expects to fund the investment through a combination of equity and debt financing. Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP is serving as legal counsel to KPS and its affiliates.  Evercore is acting as exclusive financial advisor to KPS. Debt financing to support KPS’ investment is being led by Barclays.

About Primient

Primient is a leading producer of food and industrial ingredients made from plant-based, renewable resources. Founded in 1906 as A.E. Staley Manufacturing Co., Primient has an over 100-year history of producing corn-derived products in the United States. The Company produces corn-derived products which are used in a wide variety of applications including carbonated beverages, confectionary products, packaging applications and animal feed for some of the world’s most recognizable food and beverage brands. Primient employs approximately 1,800 people across six manufacturing facilities in the United States and Brazil. For more information, visit www.primient.com.   

About Tate & Lyle PLC

Tate & Lyle PLC is a world leading provider of ingredient solutions for healthier food and beverages.  Tate & Lyle has an over 160-year history of ingredient innovation, and partners with customers to provide consumers with healthier and tastier choices when they eat and drink.  Through its expertise in sweetening, fortification, and texture, Tate & Lyle develops ingredient solutions which reduce sugar, calories and fat, add fiber and protein, and provide texture and stability in categories including beverages, dairy, bakery, soups, sauces and dressings.  Tate & Lyle’s purpose is Transforming Lives through the Science of Food which is lived by supporting healthy living, building thriving communities and caring for the planet.  For more information, visit  www.tateandlyle.com.

About KPS Capital Partners

KPS, through its affiliated management entities, is the manager of the KPS Special Situations Funds, a family of investment funds with approximately $21.6 billion of assets under management (as of March 31, 2024).  For nearly three decades, the Partners of KPS have worked exclusively to realize significant capital appreciation by making controlling equity investments in manufacturing and industrial companies across a diverse array of industries, including basic materials, branded consumer, healthcare and luxury products, automotive parts, capital equipment and general manufacturing.  KPS creates value for its investors by working constructively with talented management teams to make businesses better, and generates investment returns by structurally improving the strategic position, competitiveness and profitability of its portfolio companies, rather than primarily relying on financial leverage. The KPS Funds’ portfolio companies generate aggregate annual revenues of approximately $19.6 billion, operate 223 manufacturing facilities in 26 countries, and have approximately 47,000 employees, directly and through joint ventures worldwide (as of March 31, 2024). The KPS investment strategy and portfolio companies are described in detail at www.kpsfund.com.

KPS Mid-Cap focuses on investments in the lower end of the middle market that require up to $200 million of initial equity capital. KPS Mid-Cap targets the same type of investment opportunities and utilizes the same investment strategy that KPS’ flagship funds have for nearly three decades. KPS Mid-Cap leverages and benefits from KPS’ global platform, reputation, track record, infrastructure, best practices, knowledge and experience. The KPS Mid-Cap investment team is managed by Partners Pierre de Villeméjane and Ryan Harrison, who lead a team of experienced and talented professionals.

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