ISS strengthens its integrated facility services credentials with key account customers in North America by acquiring Guckenheimer, a leading food services company
ISS, a global leading facility services provider, today agreed to acquire leading US food services company Guckenheimer, based in California, USA.
Through this acquisition ISS will significantly enhance its integrated facility services offering to key account customers in the strategically important North American market. Guckenheimer will also enhance ISS’ competitiveness in winning new business from multinational customers with material activities in North America. Guckenheimer is known as a leading innovator within food service, and it will materially strengthen the global catering excellence of ISS. Moreover, Guckenheimer has a highly attractive list of blue-chip, key account customers which offer potential for growth via increased geographic and service breadth.
Guckenheimer’s primary focus is the on-site preparation of appealing and freshly prepared food for employees, typically located at the headquarter buildings of key accounts. Guckenheimer supports their customers’ purpose by ensuring that the restaurant experience at these locations is “Food to go to work for”; an experience which supports key accounts in offering a great place to work and in winning the war for talent.
Jeff Gravenhorst, ISS Group CEO, said:
“I am delighted that we have reached an agreement with the owners of Guckenheimer, including chairman and co-founder Jeanie Ritchie. ISS has had a long-stated ambition of acquiring a North American catering business, and this process demonstrates our patience and discipline in selecting the right asset. Both companies have key account focus, serving the same industry segments and sharing culture and values. Together with Guckenheimer, we are now in a stronger position to deliver integrated facility services in North America. Furthermore, the acquisition will improve our competitiveness in international commercial opportunities where North America is in scope.”
Dan Ryan, Regional CEO, ISS Americas, said:
“This acquisition will immediately create a strong food services platform with the right size, strategic intersections, capabilities and innovative concepts to effectively complement our integrated facility services position in North America. We grew double digits in 2016 and we have a clear ambition to continue our strong growth in ISS North America. The acquisition will bring important scale to our business, increasing our annual revenue by more than 50%. With this acquisition we also take a huge step forward in strengthening our value proposition.”
Randall Boyd, CEO, Guckenheimer, said:
"The Ritchie family created a fantastic company. The combination with ISS today allows the Guckenheimer legacy to continue and have a broader reach than ever before. The clients, employees and shareholders are all winners in this transaction. Our focus on people fits perfectly with the ISS culture. We can now provide global solutions and expanded offerings. We have a very exciting opportunity ahead of us.”
The purchase price (on a debt and cash free basis) of DKK 1,549 million (USD 225 million) corresponds to a multiple of 15.9x EBITA and approximately 9x EBITA, when expected synergies are fully realized in 2018. The acquisition will not impact ISS’ previously communicated outlook for the financial year 2017. The acquisition will be financed from ISS’ existing credit facilities and is expected to lead to a short term increase of debt leverage (net debt / pro forma adjusted EBITDA) of 0.2x. The acquisition is expected to be value enhancing, with return on invested capital estimated to be in excess of ISS’ cost of capital in the first full year (2018).
Guckenheimer was founded in 1963 by Stewart and Jeanie Ritchie, two Stanford students looking for a new way to finance their student loans while improving lunch options at the local cafeteria. Since then, Guckenheimer has grown within the corporate dining world to become a leading food service company with an annual revenue of approximately DKK 2,300 million and 3,200 employees in 33 US states.
In 2016, ISS had 14,103 employees in North America (USA & Canada) generating a revenue of DKK 4,680 million equivalent to 6% of the global revenue of ISS.
The acquisition is subject to certain conditions precedent including anti-trust clearance and is expected to close in Q2 2017.
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