Duff & Phelps Advised Zhongpin Inc. on its Going-Private Transaction
March 27, 2012, the Company announced that Xianfu Zhu, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Zhongpin Inc. made a preliminary, non-binding proposal to acquire remaining 82.5% stake in Zhongpin Inc. in a going-private transaction for approximately $420 million in cash.Zhongpin had an option to initiate, solicit and encourage any alternative transaction proposals from third parties under the Go Shop provision conducted by Duff & Phelps
About the Company
Zhongpin Inc. engages in the processing and distribution of meat and food products primarily in the People’s Republic of China. It provides pork and pork products, such as chilled pork, frozen pork, hog by-products and variety meats, and prepared meats; and vegetable and fruit products, including asparagus, sweet corn, broccoli, mushrooms, lima beans, strawberries, and capsicums. Zhongpin sells its products under the Zhongpin brand name on wholesale basis to fast food companies, processing factories, school cafeterias, factory canteens, hotels, army bases, hospitals, and government departments, as well as directly to retail outlets, including supermarkets.
Role of Duff & Phelps
Duff & Phelps acted as the co-advisor to the Special Committee of the Board of Directors of Zhongpin Inc., ran a Go-Shop process and issued a fairness opinion in connection with the transaction.