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CPPIB investing $200 million for stake in Premium Brands

B.C. company is looking for growth opportunities in addition to paying down debt

The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) has signed a deal
to invest roughly $200 million in specialty food company Premium Brands Holdings Corp.

Premium Brands intends to use the cash to repay debt, finance organic and acquisition growth opportunities and for general corporate purposes. Premium Brands counts Pillar’s, Freybe, Hempler’s and Belmont Meats among its brands.

Under the agreement, CPPIB will pay $76.02 per share for 2,631,000 shares in the company.

The shares represent approximately a 7.1% stake in Premium Brands.

Concurrent with the deal, Premium Brands said it had also signed agreements with certain shareholders to raise an additional $60 million through the sale of 788,000 shares at $76.02 per share.

Shares in the company closed at $78.08 on the Toronto Stock Exchange on Friday.

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