Maggie Beer (ASX:MBH) share price on watch after announcing major acquisition

The Maggie Beer Holdings Ltd (ASX:MBH) share price will be one to watch after it announced a major new acquisition…

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The Maggie Beer Holdings Ltd (ASX: MBH) share price will be one to watch when it returns from its trading halt.

This follows the announcement of a major acquisition and accompanying capital raising.

What did Maggie Beer announce?

This morning the premium food and beverage company announced an agreement to acquire Hampers & Gifts Australia.

According to the release, Hampers & Gifts Australia is the company behind the Hamper Emporium and Gifts Australia ecommerce businesses. These businesses are forecast to generate revenue of $36.4 million and EBITDA of approximately $9.1 million in FY 2021.

Management believes the acquisition fits strategically into its ecommerce and digital transformation strategy and expects it to be immediately earnings per share accretive. After which, synergies and growth initiatives are expected to deliver strong EBITDA growth in FY 2022.

What will it cost and how will it be funded?

The release explains that the two parties have agreed an acquisition price of $40 million, which will be split evenly between cash and shares.

The deal will also include a base earnout of $10 million. This will be paid subject to the new businesses achieving no less than $10 million in EBITDA for the financial year ending 30 June 2023. Once again, this will be split evenly between cash and shares.

In addition, the vendors will be entitled to an additional $1 million for every increase of $1 million in EBITDA (up to a maximum of $5 million) over and above the base earnout amount.

To fund the acquisition, Maggie Beer is aiming to raise $30 million via a capital raising at 35 cents per share. This represents a 4.1% discount to its last close price.

This will comprise a placement of $10.9 million and a pro rata accelerated, non-renounceable entitlement offer to raise approximately $19.1 million. The latter is intended to be fully underwritten.

Maggie Beer’s CEO, Chantale Millard, said: “It is a key strategy of the MBH Group to grow its e-commerce and direct to consumer business. This exciting opportunity will allow us to do this whilst partnering with a fantastic e-commerce hamper and gifting business, which has an amazing team and is very profitable and cash generating. It will help us transform the MBH Group and move it to its next level of growth.”

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