Hamilton Beach has acquired Weston Products, LLC from Highgate Capital LLC.
With headquarters in Strongsville, OH, Weston develops, markets and distributes appliances and accessories under the proprietary Weston brand and private label brands for consumers who are hunters, gardeners and food enthusiasts and who have a passion for Farm-to-Table and Field-to-Table foods and knowing the origin of their food. Weston’s appliances include meat grinders, vacuum sealers, food dehydrators, and meat slicers among many others.
Hamilton Beach Brands acquired substantially all of the assets and assumed certain liabilities of Weston Products for cash consideration based on a multiple of Weston’s estimated 2014 EBITDA. The final purchase price is subject to customary post-closing adjustments based on net working capital and EBITDA calculations. The acquisition was funded with cash on hand and borrowings under Hamilton Beach’s existing revolving credit facility.
“We are thrilled to welcome the Weston team and their consumers and vendors to the Hamilton Beach Brands family,” said Greg Trepp, president and chief executive officer, Hamilton Beach Brands, Inc. “Through the combination of the highly talented Weston organization along with our own dedicated employees, we believe we can achieve significant opportunities for future growth and profitability in line with our strategic initiatives.”
According to Hamilton Beach officials, the Weston acquisition allows Hamilton Beach to expand beyond its small kitchen and commercial appliance businesses into the growing hunting, wild game processing, specialty food processing and specialty housewares industries. The acquisition is also fully supportive of Hamilton Beach’s strategic initiatives, including enhancing placements in the North American consumer market, enhancing Internet sales and participating in the only-the-best market, company officials said.
For the last 12 months ended September 30, 2014, Weston had revenue of approximately $32.7 million, pre-tax income of approximately $3.2 million and EBITDA of approximately $3.3 million. Hamilton Beach expects the acquisition to be accretive to earnings in 2015.