Yakima Chief/Hopunion Merger

Situation

Located in the Yakima Valley, Yakima Chief and Hopunion are two of the world's most prominent hop processors and marketers. After working together for many years, these two grower-owned enterprises wished to explore the various benefits of joining forces. The respective boards elected a Joint Board Task Force to examine the logic of a business combination and to recommend a mechanism and process to accomplish the combination.

ZS Role

ZS was engaged as financial advisor to the Joint Board Task Force to assist in evaluating the merits and feasibility of a business combination with respect to value and capital structure.

Results

Yakima Chief and Hopunion combined to form Yakima Chief-Hopunion, LLC, one of the world's largest hop processors, with a unique advantage of serving both international breweries and the growing craft beer segment.

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