Private investment management firm acquires Smart & Final
Smart & Final is a value-oriented food retailer that provides farm-fresh produce and natural and organic options, among others.
Apollo Global Management, LLC, a New York-based private investment management firm, announced plans to acquire Smart & Final Stores, Inc., Commerce, Calif.
"This transaction is the result of diligent analysis and thoughtful strategic deliberations by our board of directors over many months,” says Kenneth Tuchman, chairman of the strategic review committee of Smart & Final's board of directors. “Our board, with the assistance of independent financial and legal advisors, determined that this transaction, upon closing, will deliver immediate, significant and certain cash value to our stockholders."
"This transaction is a testament to the strength of Smart & Final's franchise, the quality of our store banners and the talent and expertise of our people,” adds David Hirz, chief executive officer of Smart & Final. “Under the ownership of the Apollo Funds, Smart & Final will benefit from Apollo's strategic guidance, which will help us accelerate our existing strategy in a dynamic industry environment. We are excited about the future, as we embark on a new chapter in our almost 150-year history, with a strategic partner that understands our strengths, culture and customer-centric philosophy. We would like to thank Ares Management for its partnership and support in helping us grow our business to where we are today."
"We are pleased to fully support this transaction, and we would like to thank the Smart & Final management team for its strong commitment and execution over the past 7 years," says David Kaplan, chairman of the board of Smart & Final and co-founder of Ares Management, Los Angeles, and Smart & Final’s previous parent company. "We wish the management team and employees continued success under new ownership."
"We are very excited for our funds to be re-acquiring Smart & Final, and expect to leverage Apollo's deep expertise and history of success in food retail to support the company as it embarks on its next chapter,” says Andrew Jhawar, senior partner and head of the consumer and retail group at Apollo. “The unique differentiation and strong value proposition of both the Smart & Final and Smart Foodservice banners are evident to us, and we welcome the opportunity to augment and enhance the experience for the company's household and business customers. We look forward to working with the management team as well as the over 12,000 team members to capitalize on the company's position in the marketplace."