• July 24, 2024

Scandinavian Tobacco to Acquire Mac Baren

 Scandinavian Tobacco to Acquire Mac Baren
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Scandinavian Tobacco Group (STG) has agreed on the terms and conditions for the acquisition of all the shares of Mac Baren Tobacco Co. from Halberg. On a debt and cash-free basis, the transaction is valued at DKK535 million ($76.87 million). The acquisition will be financed by cash at hand and debt.

A family-owned business founded in 1826, Mac Baren is a global smoking tobacco company. Its portfolio includes pipe tobacco brands such as Mac Baren, Amphora and Holger Danske as well as fine-cut tobacco brands such as Amsterdamer, Choice and Opal. The company also produces and sells nicotine pouches with the brands ACE and GRITT.

Mac Baren’s products are sold in 74 countries with the majority of net sales generated in the U.S., Denmark and Germany. Other key markets include the U.K., France, Spain and Italy. The company is based in Svendborg, Denmark, with production facilities in Denmark and in Richmond, Virginia, USA. The company has approximately 200 full-time employees.

Mac Baren’s reported annual net sales (April 2024) were DKK723 million with a reported EBITDA of DKK85 million. Nicotine pouches accounted for close to 20 percent of net sales with a small negative contribution to EBITDA.

The acquisition will contribute to our already well-established position on the global market for pipe tobacco and will expand our attractive range of brands of the highest standards to our consumers.

Niels Frederiksen, CEO, STG

“I am very pleased that we have taken this important step to strengthen our smoking tobacco business with the acquisition of Mac Baren,” said STG CEO Niels Frederiksen in a statement. “The acquisition will contribute to our already well-established position on the global market for pipe tobacco and will expand our attractive range of brands of the highest standards to our consumers. The combination with our existing business is expected to deliver meaningful synergies when fully integrated and good value for our shareholders.”

“Scandinavian Tobacco Group is acquiring a strong company with a lot of know-how, loved brands and skilled employees,” said Halberg chairman Torben Sorensen. “Since its inception in 1826, a central part of Mac Baren’s DNA has been its focus on new opportunities and ensuring optimal competitiveness. In light of this, it is timely prudence to now let the company become part of a stronger constellation. It is a particular pleasure that ownership has been retained in Danish hands. This is the best possible solution for both Mac Baren and Halberg.”

STG’s full-year financial guidance for 2024, excluding the impact from the acquisition of Mac Baren, remains unchanged. The integration planning period is expected to take up to 120 days