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19.07.2019 12:55:43

PepsiCo to acquire South Africa's Pioneer Foods for about $1.7 billion in cash

PepsiCo Inc. said Friday it has reached an agreement to acquire South AFrica's Pioneer Foods in an all-cash deal valued at about $1.7 billion. The company is playing 110 rand ($7.90) per share, equal to a 56% premium over the 30-day volume weighted average price prior to an announcement on July 15. "This acquisition will help PepsiCo gain a solid beachhead for expansion into Sub-Saharan Africa by boosting the company's manufacturing and go-to-market capabilities, enabling scale and distribution," the company said in a statement. Pioneer owns a range of cereals, juices and other African staples, including brands that are popular in Africa including Weet-Bix, Liqui-Fruit, Ceres, Sasko, Safari, Spekko, and White Star. The deal will be funded through a mix of cash and debt and is expected to close by the first quarter of 2020. Pioneer Food shares climbed more than 30% on the news. PepsiCo was down 0.2% premarket, but has gained 20% in 2019, while the S&P 500 has gained 19%. Market Pulse Stories are Rapid-fire, short news bursts on stocks and markets as they move. Visit MarketWatch.com for more information on this news.
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