BKD Corporate Finance Advises Imperial Trading On Its Acquisition Of S. Abraham & Sons, Inc.

News Release

Imperial has acquired SAS

HOUSTON – BKD Corporate Finance, LLC (BKDCF) is pleased to announce that Imperial Trading (Imperial) has acquired S. Abraham & Sons, Inc., a full-line distributor serving the grocery, OTP, candy, general merchandise and food service needs of convenience retailers in eight Midwestern states. BKDCF served as the exclusive financial advisor to Imperial on this transaction.

Imperial’s President, Wayne M. Baquet, Jr., commented, “BKD Corporate Finance and BKD Transaction Services worked hand and hand with our team and provided the guidance and metrics necessary to consummate an agreement to purchase S. Abraham and Sons. Not only were the colleagues at BKD knowledgeable in the merger and acquisition process, but were instrumental in providing solutions to obstacles that we encountered along the way. The due diligence teams for Imperial and BKD developed a great working relationship built on trust. BKD has earned the right to represent Imperial in any future merger and acquisition activities.”

The transaction allowed Imperial to double its size and service more than 5,000 retail locations nationwide, making the merged entity the fifth largest convenience store distributor in the United States with a combined revenue of $2.5+ billion and 1,000 employees serving 20 states stretching from the Canadian border to the Gulf of Mexico.

Ken Hirsch, Managing Director of BKD Corporate Finance based in the Dallas office, had the following to say about the transaction, “We cannot be more pleased to be of assistance to Imperial in this truly transformational transaction. The merger of these two outstanding businesses clearly positions the Company for future success. Bringing to bear all of the resources of BKD in assisting entrepreneurial, family-owned businesses is a core tenet of our investment banking practice.”

For more information about the transaction, please contact Ken Hirsch at 972.702.8262 or khirsch@bkd.com.

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