Intends to work with GrainCorp to arrive at acquisition agreement
Part of ongoing ADM portfolio management
Aligns with strategy of investing in key supply regions outside U.S.
SYDNEY--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Since Thursday evening Sydney time, Archer Daniels Midland Company
(NYSE: ADM) has held an economic interest in 14.9 percent of GrainCorp
Limited (ASX: GNC) shares. ADM previously held economic interest in 4.9
percent, and on Thursday evening ADM acquired an additional 10 percent
economic interest at a price of A$11.75 per share.
ADM has approached GrainCorp with the aim of arriving at an agreement
under which GrainCorp’s Board of Directors would recommend to its
shareholders a cash acquisition by ADM. Any agreement would be subject
to satisfactory due diligence, regulatory approvals and other conditions.
“Our investment in GrainCorp is part of our ongoing portfolio management
and is consistent with our strategy of growing our Agricultural Services
and Oilseeds businesses by investing in key supply regions outside the
United States,” said ADM Chairman and CEO Patricia Woertz.
“GrainCorp is a well-managed company, and together with ADM would be
better positioned to connect Australia’s farmers with growing global
demand for crops and food, particularly in Asia and the Middle East.”
“We anticipate that an ADM acquisition of GrainCorp would meet ADM’s key
This press release includes forward-looking statements, within the
meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, that
are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors, including,
without limitation, with respect to any potential acquisition by ADM of
all or any portion of GrainCorp. There can be no certainty that any
discussions will result in a transaction or the entry into a definitive
agreement. These risks, uncertainties and other factors could cause
actual results to differ materially from those referred to in the
forward-looking statements. The reader is cautioned not to rely on these
forward-looking statements. Other risks are described in detail in the
ADM Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012,
as filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. All
forward-looking statements are based on information currently available
to ADM and ADM assumes no obligation to update any such forward-looking
For more than a century, the people of Archer Daniels Midland Company
(NYSE: ADM) have transformed crops into products that serve vital needs.
Today, 30,000 ADM employees around the globe convert oilseeds, corn,
wheat and cocoa into products for food, animal feed, industrial and
energy uses. With more than 270 processing plants, 420 crop procurement
facilities, and the world’s premier crop transportation network, ADM
helps connect the harvest to the home in more than 160 countries. For
more information about ADM and its products, visit www.adm.com.
Archer Daniels Midland Company
Jackie Anderson, 217-424-5413
Ruth Ann Wisener, 217-451-8286