Harris Williams Advises Valley Proteins, Inc. on Its Pending Sale to Darling Ingredients Inc.

Richmond, Virginia – (work wire) – Harris Williams, a global investment bank specializing in merger and acquisition advisory services, announced that it is advising Valley Proteins, Inc. (Valley Proteins) on the pending sale of Darling Ingredients Inc. (NYSE: DAR; Darling). Valley Proteins is a leader in the recovery, servicing and recycling of animal by-products and waste cooking oil from the food industry to create sustainable solutions for animal feed, pet food and renewable fuels. The deal is led by Harris Williams’ Business Services Group and Consumer Group, including Ryan Freeman, Derek Lewis, Bernardo Villar and Christian Brumbo.

“Valley Proteins’ leadership in the rapidly growing poultry sector, an essential role in the protein supply chain, and an ongoing secular shift toward more environmentally friendly solutions position the company to continue growing as a major supplier to many of the leading protein producers,” said Ryan Freeman, Managing Director at Harris Williams. “The company is well established, and we are excited to see how the business will continue to thrive under Darling’s ownership.”

Valley Proteins is a leading provider and recycling of inedible animal by-products and cooking oil used to create renewable resources to develop high-quality products in various end markets. For more than 70 years, Valley Proteins has provided invaluable service to global economies and the environment. With its core competencies in rendering and recycling, the company sets the standard in creating valuable products from renewable resources. Headquartered in Winchester, Virginia, the company employs 1,900 people and operates a fleet of 550 vehicles across 18 production facilities in 12 states.

Darling is a global leader in organic ingredients, producing a wide range of sustainable protein and fat products while also being one of the largest producers of clean, renewable energy. With operations on five continents, Darling collects waste streams from the agri-food industry, redirecting them into specialty ingredients such as hydrolyzed collagen, edible and feed fats, animal proteins and meals, plasma, pet food ingredients, fuel feedstocks, and green. Bioenergy. Darling was named one of the 50 leaders in sustainability and climate in 2021 by TBD Media Group. The company sells its ingredients worldwide and works to advance its promise of a better tomorrow, creating product applications for health, nutrients and bioenergy while improving its services to the food chain. Darling is a 50% joint venture partner in Diamond Green Diesel (DGD), North America’s largest renewable diesel maker, which reduces greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by up to 85% compared to fossil fuels. Darling is headquartered in Irving, Texas.

Harris Williams, an investment bank that specializes in mergers and acquisitions advisory services, advocates for sellers and buyers of companies around the world through the critical stages and provides thoughtful advice throughout the life of their business. By collaborating as a single company across industry groups and geographies, the company helps its clients achieve results that support their goals and create strategic value. Harris Williams is committed to excellence in execution and to building lasting relationships and value built on mutual trust. Harris Williams is a subsidiary of PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE: PNC).

The Harris Williams Business Services Group has experience advising companies that provide a range of commercial, industrial and professional services. For more information about the company’s Business Services suite and other recent transactions, visit the Business Services Group section of the Harris Williams website.

The Harris-Williams Consumer Group has completed transactions across a variety of sectors, including branded consumer products; consumer services; food, beverage and agribusiness; A restaurant and retail. For more information about the Harris Williams Consumer Group and recent transactions, visit the Consumer Group section of the Harris Williams website.

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