MamaMancini's Holdings, Inc., a marketer and distributor of specialty pre-prepared all-natural foods, has announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire a 24 percent minority interest in Chef Inspirational Foods, Inc. (“CIF”), a developer, innovator, marketer, and sales company selling fresh and frozen prepared foods, for an investment of $1.2 million, at an implied enterprise value for CIF of $5 million. The investment consists of $500,000 in cash and $700,000 in MamaMancini’s common stock.

Founded in 2008, CIF sells fresh and frozen prepared foods for the supermarket, club store, and distributor trade across the United States. The company’s specialty is the deli department for prepared salads, prepared entrees, and olives, with a unique line of different artisan flavors and styles. Based in West Palm Beach, Florida, and Long Island, NY, CIF expects 2022 gross sales of $30 million.

“Our investment in a minority interest in CIF brings an experienced, dynamic team which complements our logistics, product development and innovation capabilities with a robust sales presence—all while providing a strong level of vertical integration given T&L is an anchor supplier of CIF,” said Carl Wolf, chief executive officer of MamaMancini's. “We expect our investment into CIF to be immediately accretive to net income, while our option to purchase the remainder of the company at a set price provides significant optionality and upside potential. We are excited about the opportunity this acquisition provides to advance our capabilities with a national, innovative, fully integrated food development company with exceptional marketing and sales teams driving incredible penetration across its retail channels.

“This acquisition marks another milestone in our growth through acquisition strategy, as we continue to advance promising candidates through our due diligence pipeline. We continue to see attractive multiples in the food space with complementary food product companies generating positive EBITDA with products and capabilities that are symbiotic to our existing distribution network. Our line of credit with M&T Bank allows us a high degree of flexibility in pursuing acquisitions such as CIF, enabling us to preserve our cash and fund the acquisitions with cash flows from the acquired companies. I look forward to continued operational execution in the months ahead as we continue our rapid pace of integration of these operations,” concluded Wolf.

Jeffrey Siegel, chief executive officer of Chef Inspirational Foods, added: “This transaction will provide MamaMancini’s with extensive sales capabilities and reach into new geographies for its wide product portfolio. With T&L already serving as one of our major suppliers, this was a natural fit and we look forward to working closely with the MamaMancini’s team to further scale their products with key national accounts in the months ahead.”

MamaMancini’s retains the option to purchase the remaining 76% interest in CIF within one year. The purchase price is an additional $3.8 million, of which $3.5 million would be paid in cash and $300,000 in common stock, which would be paid within a two-year period from June 28, 2022.

Source: MamaMancini's