Middleby Agrees to Acquire Kamado Joe and Masterbuilt
Dec. 6, 2021
Headquartered in the Atlanta area, the brands are known for their outdoor residential products designed for cooking with charcoal. The purchase price of $385 million will be funded in cash and financed under Middleby’s existing senior credit facility. The transaction is expected to close in December 2021, subject to completion of closing conditions.
“The residential outdoor market has gained momentum over the past few years as consumers are spending more time in the backyard. The addition of Kamado Joe and Masterbuilt expands our offerings in this large and growing category, complementing our Lynx, Viking, Josper and EVO residential outdoor
cooking brands,” said Tim FitzGerald, Middleby CEO. “Consumers are seeking products to enhance and simplify the backyard grilling experience. The Kamado Joe and Masterbuilt brands have grown rapidly as the company’s new products have been adopted by the next generation of outdoor enthusiasts. Charcoal as an energy source for cooking continues to gain popularity due to its flavor profile, availability, and affordability. Kamado Joe and Masterbuilt are well positioned to capture the charcoal trend.”
“We are excited about the strategic fit of this acquisition, as it enhances our presence in the outdoor cooking category and expands our residential business,” Mr. FitzGerald continued. “The combination provides for further growth opportunities at Kamado Joe and Masterbuilt, as we accelerate product
innovation, expand distribution, and leverage shared manufacturing and supply chain capabilities.”
Since its inception in 1973, Kamado Joe and Masterbuilt have been pioneers in outdoor cooking applications. Today the company focuses on innovative alternative fuel products as part of their indemand premium offerings. The business will be acquired from Dominus Capital.
A presentation to accompany this announcement is available on the investor home page of middleby.com. For information on Masterbuilt visit masterbuilt.com and for information on Kamado Joe visit kamadojoe.com.