Sysco scraps buyout
Sysco Corp. is scrapping its proposed $ 3.5- billion buyout of US Foods after a Federal Trade Commission legal victory temporarily blocked the deal to combine the two food- service companies.
The FTC opposed the deal, saying it would reduce competition by putting 75% of the national market for suppliers to restaurants and other food- service operations under the control of one company. The U. S. District Court in Washington, D. C., granted the halt last week.
The end of the deal will cost Sysco. It will pay $ 300 million to US Foods and $ 12.5 million to another company, Performance Foods Group, in breakup fees. Performance Foods had a deal to buy 11 US Foods facilities in 11 markets.
The deal, announced in December 2013, was originally intended to close in 2014, but opposition from antitrust regulators delayed that.
“After reviewing our options, including whether to appeal the court’s decision, we have concluded that it’s in the best interests of all our stakeholders to move on,” Sysco Chief Executive Bill DeLaney said in a statement Monday.