2 Jul 2008

Sale of StarKist in American Samoa to be completed in 2009

10:11 am on 2 July 2008

Del Monte Foods Company expects the sale of StarKist and its subsidiary StarKist Samoa to be completed by September 2009.

The San Francisco based Del Monte announced over the weekend entered into an agreement with South Korean based company, Dongwon, to purchase Starkist for 363 million US dollars.

The sale is subject to a working capital adjustment and regulatory approval and is expected to be completed during the second quarter of Del Monte's 2009 financial year.

Upon the closing of the deal, all direct plant employees of StarKist Samoa will join Dongwon's workforce.

The sale of StarKist is expected to generate net after-tax cash proceeds of 300 million and proceeds will be given towards debt reduction.