- The proposed transaction will create a public company engaged in Bulk & Energy logistics, fuel supply, commodities (inclusive of coffee), and asset management related services
- Delta has a multinational footprint which facilitates the global trade of energy, raw materials, and agricultural products
- Delta has an established and diversified customer base leading to revenue of $532 million and net income of $45 million for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2021
- Delta has experienced significant growth in revenues and profitability with 171% year-over-year growth in revenue and 828% growth in net income for 2021
- Delta’s asset-light business model maintains a strong balance sheet with no debt
- A combined public company to have an implied diluted pro forma enterprise value of approximately $655 million
- Transaction to be completed at a 127% premium to Coffee Holding’s stock price, translating into an implied diluted price per share of $5.50
Coffee Holding Co., Inc. (Nasdaq: JVA) (“Coffee Holding”), a publicly traded integrated wholesale coffee roaster and dealer located in the United States, and Delta Corp Holdings Limited (“Delta”), a privately held holding company for global businesses engaged in Bulk & Energy logistics, fuel supply, commodities, and asset management, announced today that the companies have entered into a definitive merger and share exchange agreement, whereby Coffee Holding and Delta will each become wholly owned subsidiaries of a newly created holding company incorporated under the laws of the Cayman Islands, Delta Corp Holdings Limited (“Pubco”). The closing of the transactions contemplated by the definitive agreement is subject to certain conditions, including, without limitation, the approval of the shareholders of Coffee Holding and the approval of the listing of the shares of Pubco on the Nasdaq Stock Market (“Nasdaq”). Delta shareholders will become the majority shareholders of Pubco as further detailed below.
Following the closing of the transactions, which the parties expect will occur in the first quarter of 2023, the combined company will continue under Pubco, and expects to trade on Nasdaq under the ticker symbol “DLOG”. The combined company will continue to operate under the Delta management team led by Mudit Paliwal, Chief Executive Officer, and Founder; Peter Shaerf, Non-Executive Chairman; and Joseph Nelson, Chief Financial Officer, while Coffee Holding, as a wholly owned subsidiary of Pubco, will continue to be operated under the leadership of Andrew Gordon, currently Coffee Holding’s President and Chief Executive Officer.
Andrew Gordon, President and Chief Executive Officer of Coffee Holding, stated, “This transaction is a transformative next step for Coffee Holding. The Delta team has a successful track record of building global business, offering our shareholders a unique opportunity and potential for additional returns. I am confident that Coffee Holding’s employees, customers, and shareholders will enjoy the many potential benefits of this partnership.”
Delta’s Chief Executive Officer and Founder Mudit Paliwal stated, “Delta is excited to reach an agreement with Coffee Holding for the proposed transaction, which I believe will provide substantial benefits to all stakeholders of Delta and Coffee Holding. Since our founding in 2019, Delta has experienced rapid growth in revenues and profitability and is now a leading global logistics provider to many of the world’s top natural resource, industrial, and energy businesses. I am proud to say this has been achieved through our focus on customer service and innovation backed by a strong leadership team with decades of experience.
"The transaction will enable us to accelerate the expansion of our business and enter new markets that have synergies with our core businesses. This includes a broadening of our energy transition, sustainability, and environmental stewardship related service offerings.”
Peter Shaerf, Delta’s Non-Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors, stated, “Delta has been able to capitalize on the global commodity revolution as a leading asset-light, third-party logistics provider. Our growth has historically come from market share capture and strategic, bolt-on acquisitions funded primarily through internally generated cash flows. This has kept our balance sheet strong and with no debt. We anticipate continuing this approach to growth in the years ahead while making strategic investments in new technologies to increase operational efficiency, reduce risk and/or enhance our decision making, enabling us to accelerate our growth into the future.”
Delta – a Fast-Growing, Asset-Light Third-Party Logistics Company
Delta is a fully-integrated, global business engaged in logistics, fuel supply, and asset management related services, primarily servicing the international supply chains of commodity, energy, and capital goods producers. Delta has been in operation since 2019 and its businesses facilitate the global trade of energy, raw materials, intermediate goods, and agricultural products. Delta is a multinational business with over 80 personnel and has a global footprint through a network of offices in ten countries throughout Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.
Delta’s business is asset-light, and it relies on its people, technology, customer relationships, and differentiated service offerings to drive its business and its growth. Delta believes its asset-light business model differentiates it from competitors and leads to greater profitability while reducing risk. Delta has leadership positions in niche markets where it has a unique competitive advantage which allows it to leverage its broad portfolio of service offerings to reduce its customers’ logistics costs while enhancing its profitability.
Delta operates its business through three segments: Bulk Logistics, Energy Logistics and Asset Management. Each segment is headed by proven management teams that share a commitment to the value of client focus and a vision of setting a new standard of excellence within the sectors in which Delta operates. Delta seeks high-growth niche opportunities within its core business offerings or adjacent industries and leverages its diverse service offering to penetrate its markets.
Key Transaction Terms
The transaction will be effectuated through a newly created holding company structure, whereby Coffee Holdings and Delta will each become wholly-owned subsidiaries of Pubco. Under the agreement, shareholders of Coffee Holdings will receive 1 ordinary share of Pubco for each share of Coffee Holdings common stock they own and Delta shareholders will exchange their shares of Delta for $625 million in ordinary shares of Pubco, subject to certain adjustments, at an implied diluted value per share of $5.50. Immediately following the closing of the transaction, the shareholders of Delta are anticipated to collectively own approximately 95.21% of the outstanding ordinary shares of Pubco, and Coffee Holding shareholders immediately prior to the closing of the transaction are anticipated to collectively own approximately 4.79% of the outstanding ordinary shares of Pubco on a diluted basis, which ownership percentages may be subject to certain adjustments.
The transaction also includes an earnout to existing shareholders of Delta, which, if earned, consists of $50 million of additional ordinary shares of Pubco, which would be issued to Delta shareholders if Pubco achieves $70 million or greater of net income for the fiscal year ending 2023.
The agreement contains customary representations, warranties, and covenants made by Coffee Holding and Delta, including covenants relating to both parties using their commercially reasonable efforts to cause the transactions contemplated by the agreement to be satisfied, covenants regarding obtaining the requisite approval of Coffee Holding’s shareholders, covenants regarding indemnification of directors and officers, and covenants regarding Coffee Holding’s and Delta’s conduct of their respective businesses between the date of signing of the agreement and the closing. The agreement also contains certain termination rights for both Coffee Holding and Delta, and, in connection with the termination of the agreement under specified circumstances, Coffee Holding and Delta may be required to pay the other party a termination fee.
The agreement has been unanimously approved by the Board of Directors of Coffee Holding and by the Board of Directors of Delta. The Coffee Holding Board of Directors has also recommended to Coffee Holding’s shareholders that they vote to approve the agreement and the transaction. Coffee Holding also received a fair opinion in connection with the transaction. The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2023, subject to certain conditions, including the approvals by the requisite shareholders of Coffee Holding, described above, the listing of Pubco ordinary shares on Nasdaq, Delta having a certain level of cash, and cash equivalents at closing, as applicable, and other customary closing conditions.
A more complete description of the terms and conditions of the proposed transaction and related matters will be included in a current report on Form 8-K to be filed by Coffee Holding with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) on or about September 30, 2022. A copy of the merger and share exchange agreement will be exhibited in Form 8-K. All parties desiring details regarding the terms and conditions of the proposed transaction are urged to review that Form 8-K, and the exhibits attached thereto, which will be available at the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov.
Maxim Group LLC is serving as the exclusive financial advisor to Delta. Ellenoff Grossman & Schole LLP is serving as counsel to Delta.
Lowenstein Sandler LLP is serving as counsel to Coffee Holding.