ATCHISON, Kan., October 21, 2011 – MGP Ingredients, Inc. (NASDAQ/MGPI) today announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, MGPI of Indiana, LLC, signed an agreement with Lawrenceburg Distillers Indiana, LLC (“LDI”) to acquire LDI’s beverage alcohol distillery assets located in Lawrenceburg, Ind., and used in the production of customized and premium grade whiskeys, gins and grain neutral spirits.
The LDI assets to be purchased include distillery assets, related bulk barrel storage facilities, blending operations and a tank farm. The company will pay LDI cash equal to the current assets minus current liabilities of the distillery assets, currently estimated at $15,000,000, as of the closing date. The acquisition is subject to certain regulatory approvals and the satisfaction of other customary closing conditions. The purchase is expected to close in the fourth quarter of calendar year 2011 or the first quarter of calendar year 2012 and is expected to be funded through bank financing.
The acquisition would add significant new production capacity to MGPI’s food grade alcohol area and enables the company to begin producing premium bourbon and corn and rye whiskeys, while also increasing its gin and grain neutral spirits output.
“We are extremely excited about the opportunity to acquire the LDI distillery, which is one of the largest beverage alcohol distilleries in the world,” said Timothy W. Newkirk, President and CEO. “The purchase is in response to the numerous requests from our customers to supply them with high quality whiskeys and bourbons, in addition to our premium vodkas and gins.”
The company is not purchasing LDI’s assets related to packaging and bottling of alcoholic beverages, located adjacent to the distillery operation. The sale of the packaging and bottling business is anticipated to be sold to a third party that is unaffiliated with MGPI, and the closing of that transaction is a condition to the closing of MGPI’s acquisition of the distillery assets.
About MGP Ingredients, Inc.
In business since 1941, MGP Ingredients, Inc. is a recognized pioneer in the development and production of value-added, grain-based starches, proteins and food-grade alcohol products for the branded packaged goods industry. The Company has facilities in Atchison, Kan., and Onaga, Kan. that are equipped with the latest technologies to assure high quality products and to maintain efficient production and service capabilities. For more information, visit www.mgpingredients.com.
About Lawrenceburg Distillers Indiana, LLC
Lawrenceburg Distillers Indiana, LLC is one of the largest beverage alcohol distilleries in the world and produces a variety of customized and premium grade whiskeys, gins and neutral grain spirits. The facility, located in the city of Lawrenceburg in the southeast corner of Indiana, was established in 1847 under the name Rossville Distillery. Through the years, it has been owned and operated at various periods by Joseph E. Seagram and Sons and Pernod Ricard. It was acquired by CL Financial in 2007 at which time the facility assumed its current name.
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