Viterra to merge with Bunge
13 June 2023
Glencore plc, the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and British Columbia Investment Management Corporation, the shareholders of Viterra Limited, have concluded an agreement with Bunge Limited to merge Bunge and Viterra in a cash and stock transaction to create a premier diversified global agribusiness solutions company, as announced by Bunge today.
Under the terms of the agreement, Glencore will receive approximately $3.1 billion in Bunge stock and $1.0 billion in cash for its c. 50% stake in Viterra1 resulting in Glencore then holding c. 15% in the combined group2. The transaction would result in a larger, more diversified business, with significant synergy and re-rating potential. Glencore has agreed to not sell any stock in Bunge for a period of 12 months following the completion of the merger, and thereafter to only sell Bunge shares in orderly sales. Glencore will review periodically its strategy in respect of the shareholding.
The merger, subject to satisfaction of customary closing conditions, including receipt of regulatory approvals and approval by Bunge shareholders, is expected to close in mid-2024.
Gary Nagle, CEO, Glencore, commented:
“The merger of Viterra with Bunge is expected to realise significant value for Glencore. Our investment in the agriculture sector dates back over 40 years and has grown from being a small grains trader to being part of a world leading, fully integrated global agriculture network.
The combined group would be a premier pure-play agribusiness solutions company, well placed to meet increased global demand as well as the ongoing challenge of providing sustainable, traceable food and feed products to customers around the world. This would be underpinned by a rigorous focus on creating value for all stakeholders.”
Note 1: Glencore to receive 32.8 million shares valued at approximately $3.1 billion as per the last closing price of $93.79 on Monday, 12 June 2023.
Note 2: before the commencement of Bunge’s announced $2 billion share buyback programme.
Viterra is Glencore’s legacy vertically integrated business focused on the global agricultural product value chain. In 2016 the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and British Columbia Investment Management Corporation acquired interests in the business, reducing Glencore’s stake to c. 50%. The gross assets of Viterra on 31 December 2022 were $23.5 billion, and for the year to 31 December 2022 it generated revenue of $53.9 billion, EBITDA of $2.6 billion and profit before tax of $1.4 billion. The implied valuation of Viterra under the merger is $8.1 billion. The Viterra senior management team comprises CEO David Mattiske, CFO Peter Mouthaan, and the Executive Directors for Global Markets Francis Mardon and Bas van Hoorn.
All numbers are based on IFRS and references to $ are to US dollars. Glencore plans to apply the cash proceeds to repay existing borrowings.
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