Bega cooks up Aussie food champ

Original article by Simon Evans
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 1 & 28 : 27-Nov-20

Bega Cheese’s executive chairman Barry Irvin expects to achieve synergies of about $41m soon after the deal to acquire Lion Dairy & Drinks from Kirin Holdings is completed in early 2021. Bega will raise $401m from investors to partially finance the $534m deal, with new shares to be offered at $4.60 apiece. The acquisition will add milk and yoghurt brands such as Pura, Dairy Farmers and Yoplait to Bega’s portfolio, which includes non-dairy products such as Vegemite and peanut butter. The federal government blocked the sale of Lion to China Mengniu Dairy in August, deeming that the $600m deal was not in the national interest.

CORPORATES
BEGA CHEESE LIMITED – ASX BGA, LION-DAIRY AND DRINKS PTY LTD, KIRIN HOLDINGS COMPANY LIMITED, CHINA MENGNIU DAIRY COMPANY LIMITED

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