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Hostess Hires Hilco to Serve as Its Agent for the Integrated Disposition of Key Real Estate and Industrial Assets

Jan 08, 2013

January 08, 2013 -- Chicago — Federal Bankruptcy Judge Robert Drain approved the appointment of privately-held Hilco as the agent representing Hostess Brands, Inc. 

Hilco will sell all real estate, machinery and equipment, and rolling stock assets that remain in the company’s estate following the completion of bankruptcy court supervised auctions conducted by investment bank Perella Weinberg Partners. The auctions are expected to be completed this coming spring.

Hilco will play a crucial role in helping Hostess maximize value for all of the company's stakeholders by leveraging its considerable global expertise in the marketing and sale of various real estate, machinery and equipment and rolling stock assets. Hilco will also assist Perella Weinberg Partners in the sale of any remaining intellectual property.

“This assignment carries with it great responsibilities.  As the liquidating agent representing Hostess Brands, I am confident that Hilco will succeed in generating maximum value for the benefit of company’s creditors,” said Jeffrey B. Hecktman, Chairman and CEO of Hilco.  

Mr. Hecktman went on to say, “Hilco has managed multiple asset class sales of this nature in the past.  Our strategy has been to use an integrated approach to value enhancement, made possible by leveraging the deep expertise and global reach of three Hilco business units that are core to the Hostess assignment: Hilco Real Estate LLC, Hilco Industrial, LLC and Hilco Streambank.”  A fourth business unit, Hilco Asset Protection, LLC has also been hired to provide security services at bakery facilities across the country for the duration of the sale process.

About Hilco Trading, LLC:  Headquartered in Northbrook, Illinois, Hilco is a privately-held, diversified financial and operational services firm whose principal competency is understanding and maximizing the value of business assets, including retail, consumer and industrial inventory; machinery and equipment; real estate; accounts receivable; intellectual property; and, going-concern enterprises.  Through 500 professionals operating on five continents, Hilco helps companies and their professional advisors assess asset value, maximize value for said assets through asset monetization solutions, and enhance value through advisory and consulting solutions. 

Over the last 10 years The Hilco Organization has sold over $20 billion of assets in more than 60 countries around the world.   Specifically, Hilco Real Estate LLC has disposed of hundreds of million square feet of industrial, warehouse, office, retail and other property and Hilco Industrial LLC has completed over 1,800 industrial asset disposition projects worldwide. 

For more information please visit our web site: www.hilcotrading.com.