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      Aramark Completes Spin-off of Vestis : Analysts Rating Update

      By Hasnain R

      Published on

      October 10, 2023

      12:45 PM UTC

      Last Updated on

      October 10, 2023

      12:45 PM UTC

      Aramark Completes Spin-off of Vestis : Analysts Rating Update

      On October 9, 2023, Aramark (ARMK) received an upgrade from Jefferies, switching its previous “Hold” rating to a more optimistic “Buy” rating. Alongside this rating upgrade, there was a significant adjustment in the price target, dropping from $44 to $29.

      This upgrade by Jefferies suggests a more positive outlook for Aramark’s stock, indicating increased confidence in its future performance. However, the lowered price target may also reflect changing US stocks market dynamics and expectations.

      Investors will likely keep a close eye on Aramark’s developments in light of this rating change as they assess its potential for growth and value in the market.

      Aramark, a globally recognized name in food and facilities management services, recently announced the spin-off of Vestis Corporation, which comprises Aramark’s uniform and workplace supplies business.

      A New Epoch for Aramark and Vestis

      This development is seen as a significant milestone for both Aramark (ARMK) and Vestis.

      The decision to spin-off Vestis allows Aramark to enhance its focus on its core strengths while providing Vestis with the opportunity to independently build long-term value through a focused commitment to serve customers and deliver on strategic priorities.

      Details of the Spin-off

      The spin-off was executed through distribution to Aramark stockholders of one share of Vestis common stock for every two shares of Aramark common stock held as of the close of business on September 20, 2023.

      Cash was delivered in lieu of any fractional shares of Vestis stock. Vestis shares were distributed at 12:01 a.m. Eastern Time on September 30, 2023.

      The advisory panel for the spin-off included Goldman, Sachs & Co. LLC, and J.P. Morgan Securities LLC as financial advisors, and Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz serving as legal counsel.

      Vestis Embarks on a New Journey

      Simultaneously, Vestis marks the beginning of an exciting new chapter as a standalone, public company.

      The management team at Vestis has outlined a clear pathway for value creation and the entire team is rallied around the purpose to empower people to do good work and good things for others while at work.

      Vestis at a Glance

      Vestis, now the second largest provider in the industry, operates with over 300,000 customer locations and approximately 20,000 employees across North America.

      The company’s comprehensive service offering ranges from uniforms and workwear, floor care (mats), towels, aprons, linen services to managed restroom supply services, and first aid and safety products.

      Impact on Analysts’ Rating

      The spin-off event has led to a revision in the analysts rating for both Aramark and Vestis. The analysts rating for Aramark is expected to see some fluctuations as the company repositions itself following the spin-off.

      Vestis, on the other hand, begins its journey as a public company with a clean slate, and its initial analysts rating will be closely watched by investors and market observers.

      Final Thoughts

      In conclusion, the spin-off of Vestis from Aramark is a significant market event with potential long-term implications for both companies.

      As the dust settles, the focus will be on how both companies navigate their respective paths and the impact of these developments on their respective analysts rating.

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