Wells Enterprises reportedly up for sale
Wells Enterprises, the family-owned maker of Blue Bunny ice cream, is up for sale, according to a report in the Financial Times that cited anonymous sources. The sources told the FT that the Le Mans, Iowa, company has hired JPMorgan to run an auction.
The FT article said private equity buyers including Oaktree Capital Management were interested in acquiring the company, but no strategic buyers were believed to be interested.
Wells spokesman Dave Smetter told the FT that the company has begun a strategic review and seeks to raise capital. He did not rule out a sale, the article said.
Wells, founded in 1913, tried to find a buyer a few years ago but ended up remaining privately held, the FT article said. (Source: Financial Times, July 31, 2012.)
Posted Wednesday, August 01, 2012 • Permalink