Chiquita and Fyffes to create banana giantStaff writer ▼ | March 11, 2014
Chiquita Brands International, Inc. and Fyffes plc announced that the both boards of directors have unanimously approved a definitive agreement under which Chiquita will combine with Fyffes.Chiquita Brands International, Inc. and Fyffes plc announced that the both boards of directors have unanimously approved a definitive agreement under which Chiquita will combine with Fyffes.
The transaction will be a stock-for-stock transaction that is expected to result in Chiquita shareholders owning approximately 50.7% of ChiquitaFyffes, and Fyffes shareholders owning approximately 49.3% of ChiquitaFyffes, on a fully diluted basis.
The agreement creates a global banana and other fresh produce company with approximately $4.6 billion in annual revenues. Chiquita and Fyffes plan to complete the transaction before the end of 2014.
Chiquita and Fyffes anticipate that the transaction will potentially provide annualized recurring before tax overhead and operational synergies of at least $40 million by the end of 2016. These recurring annual synergies are anticipated to be comprised of efficiencies in the areas of logistics and procurement, among others.
addition to the benefits for customers, taking into account the anticipated synergies, the transaction is expected to be accretive to shareholders of both companies on a net income basis no later than the first full calendar year following the close of the transaction.
Upon completion of the transaction, the combined company will become the leading global banana and other fresh produce company with greater scale and efficiency. As part of a larger, more diversified organisation, on the basis of current volumes, ChiquitaFyffes will become the largest global entity in the banana category with sales of more than 160 million boxes annually.
The company will maintain its significant presence in the packaged salads and healthy snacks category. The company will also have stronger positions in the melon and pineapple market segments as the number one importer in the U.S. and number three distributor globally, respectively. ■