Berkshire and 3G Capital to Buy Heinz for $23 Billion

Published: Thursday, Feb. 14 2013 12:00 a.m. MST

In this May 2, 2009 file photo, Warren Buffett, CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, right, waves to shareholders prior to the annual Berkshire Hathaway shareholders meeting in Omaha, Neb. Warren Buffet's Berkshire Hathaway said Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2009, it has agreed to buy Burlington Northern Santa Fe in a deal valuing the railroad at $34 billion.

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Berkshire Hathaway will acquire the Heinz ketchup brand for about $28 billion.

Warren E. Buffett has found another American icon worth buying: H. J. Heinz.

Berkshire Hathaway, the giant conglomerate that Mr. Buffett runs, said on Thursday that it would buy the food giant for about $23 billion, adding Heinz ketchup to its stable of prominent brands.

Mr. Buffett is teaming up with 3G Capital Management, a Brazilian-backed investment firm that owns a majority stake in a company whose business is complementary to Heinzs: Burger King.

Under the terms of the deal, Berkshire and 3G will pay $72.50 a share, about 20 percent above Heinzs closing price on Wednesday. Including debt, the transaction is valued at $28 billion.

This is my kind of deal and my kind of partner, Mr. Buffett told CNBC on Thursday. Heinz is our kind of company with fantastic brands.

Read more about The Heinz acquisition on New York Times.

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