AgroFresh Solutions Receives Commitment for $150M Equity Investment From Paine Schwartz Partners


PHILADELPHIA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--AgroFresh Solutions, Inc. (Nasdaq: AGFS), a global leader in produce freshness solutions, today announced that it has entered into an agreement to sell $150 million of newly issued convertible preferred stock to an affiliate of Paine Schwartz Partners, LLC, a leading private equity firm focused exclusively on sustainable food chain investing.

Jordi Ferre, AgroFresh Chief Executive Officer, commented, “Today’s announcement is an important milestone for AgroFresh. Our refinanced capital structure will be more appropriately balanced for our business and will allow greater flexibility to drive our diversification initiatives and put the Company in a position to achieve its next chapter of growth. Furthermore, Paine Schwartz brings deep domain expertise within the agriculture sector, which we believe will complement our leadership team and Board composition. We are excited to welcome them to our team and look forward to their future contributions.”

Graham Miao, AgroFresh Chief Financial Officer, commented, “This investment provides several significant benefits to our shareholders and represents an important step toward achieving our goal of optimizing the Company’s capital structure and meaningfully deleveraging the balance sheet. As we continue to improve the results of our operations, including cost optimization, this strategic equity investment will create further financial flexibility to generate growth.”

Kevin Schwartz, Chief Executive Officer and a founding Partner of Paine Schwartz, stated, “Through our global investments in fresh produce, Paine Schwartz has developed a long-standing thesis in post-harvest technology. We are excited to target new opportunities in the sector through this strategic investment in AgroFresh. AgroFresh is a leading independent platform that has a diversified network of direct customer relationships, a solutions-based service offering and a leading post-harvest portfolio. We look forward to working closely with Jordi, Graham and the team to enhance operations, drive growth and create value.”

Proceeds from the preferred stock investment will be used to repay a portion of AgroFresh’s existing debt. On a pro-forma basis for the twelve months ended March 31, 2020, the Company’s net debt-to-adjusted EBITDA ratio will decline from approximately 5.8x to 3.8x.

Adjusted EBITDA and net debt-to-Adjusted EBITDA are non-GAAP financial measures. Please see the information under “Non-GAAP Financial Measures” below for a description of Adjusted EBITDA and the table at the end of this press release for a reconciliation of these Non-GAAP financial measures to GAAP results.

Terms of the Investment

On an as-converted basis, the preferred stock would initially represent approximately 36% of AgroFresh’s pro-forma common shares outstanding. In connection with the investment, AgroFresh would expand the size of its Board of Directors to ten members, with PSP initially designating two members of the Board.

PSP’s $150 million convertible preferred stock investment carries a 16% dividend, with a minimum 8% payable in cash. The preferred stock will be convertible into shares of AgroFresh common stock at a conversion price of $5.00 per share, reflecting a nearly 100% premium to the Company’s 60-day volume-weighted average closing price.

The PSP investment is subject to customary closing conditions, including the receipt of required regulatory approvals, and is contingent upon the successful refinancing of AgroFresh’s senior secured credit facility. The Company currently anticipates closing the PSP investment and the refinancing of its senior secured credit facility early in the third quarter of 2020.

AgroFresh will file a Form 8-K with the Securities and Exchange Commission containing additional information regarding the terms of the convertible preferred stock.

BMO Capital Markets acted as sole financial advisor and Greenberg Traurig, LLP acted as legal advisor to AgroFresh. Evercore acted as sole financial advisor and Kirkland & Ellis LLP as legal advisor to Paine Schwartz.

About AgroFresh

AgroFresh (Nasdaq: AGFS) is a leading global innovator and provider of science-based solutions, data-driven technologies and experience-backed services to enhance the quality and extend the shelf life of fresh produce. For more than 20 years, AgroFresh has been revolutionizing the apple industry and has launched new innovative solutions in a variety of fresh produce categories from bananas to cherries and citrus to pears. AgroFresh supports growers, packers and retailers by supplying post-harvest solutions across the industry that enhance crop values while conserving our planet’s resources and reducing global food waste. Visit to learn more.

About Paine Schwartz Partners

A global leader in sustainable food chain investing, Paine Schwartz Partners is a private equity firm focused exclusively on investment opportunities in the fast-growing, dynamic global food and agribusiness sectors. The firm's investment, operations and finance professionals invest throughout cycles across the food and agribusiness value chain, and bring a collaborative and active management approach to portfolio companies. For further information, please see

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