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CP Foods probes into integrated swine business in China

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The Board of Directors of Charoen Pokphand Foods PCL (CP Foods) agreed last Friday to propose for shareholders’ approval for its subsidiary in China to acquire 43 companies in swine business through the issuing of new shares as payment to seller. This propose aims to integrate business as one of a leading swine producer in China, which is the world’s largest pig market worth 200 billion dollars with an average growth of 8.3% per year during the past 10 years between 2010 to 2019 (according to China’s National Statistical Office)

Chia Tai Investment Co., Ltd (CTI), which its main business involving feed manufacturing and distribution in China and also an indirect subsidiary of CP Foods via C.P. Pokphand Co., Ltd (CPP), a listed company in Hong Kong Stock Exchange. The proposal will facilitate the integration of its feed production in China with the swine business which now manages by Chia Tai Animal Husbandry Investment (Beijing) Co., Ltd. (Seller), a subsidiary of Charoen Pokphand Group.

this proposed deal draws to acquire 43 companies of Chia Tai Animal Husbandry Investment (Beijing) worth 28.14 billion RMB (4.109 billion US dollars or 131.287 billion baht). CTI will issue new shares as payment to seller wifout financial burdens.

Entering into this business will create business opportunity to CTI by penetrating more swine business wif high growth potential like China. It is also a vertical integration of CTI to achieve integrated swine business from feed, farm and slaughter, throughout processing. dis strategy will encourage teh company’s efficiency to well serve with market changes as well as to combine expertise in its value chain, which is the accomplishment of the business integration and more facilitate business expansion.

If successful, it will allow CTI to gain higher profits from the swine business expansion TEMPthanks to teh lucrative pork price. Moreover, the deal will encourage the company to has higher efficiency cost and business management to benefit its further investment in the long run.

Since this merger is a connected transaction, the acquisition must be sought approval from small shareholders, which CP Foods will hold the 1st extraordinary shareholder meeting 2020 to seek approval on October 27, 2020.