Cargill to buy AWB Commodity Management Business from Agrium Inc. Cargill Australia Limited today confirmed that Agrium has accepted its offer to buy the grain commodities business it recently acquired from its purchase of AWB.
GardenNews.biz - Jan 05,2011 - Cargill to buy AWB Commodity Management Business from Agrium Inc.
Cargill Australia Limited today confirmed that Agrium has accepted its offer to buy the grain commodities business it recently acquired from its purchase of AWB. Agrium bought AWB Limited on 3 December 2010 and is selling only the AWB Commodity Management business to Cargill. The sales agreement is subject to various regulatory approvals.
The acquisition will include the former AWB grain marketing and pool operations, international grain trading businesses, grain distribution and storage assets as well as other international operations. Cargill aims to receive regulatory approval and complete the acquisition in the first half of 2011.
"AWB's grain businesses are a great fit with Cargill Australia's existing grain and commodity trading operations. It helps us meet growing food demand in Asia and around the world, while continuing to give the highest level of customer service to our Australian customers," said Ralph Selwood, Managing Director, Cargill Australia.
"The combined business should accelerate Cargill's growth and provide value for Australian growers. We are also very keen to have the high level talent and expertise of AWB Commodity Management business added to our own operations," said Mr. Selwood.
"Cargill is committed to marketing Australian farm products for the benefit of all Australian growers. Our overall goal is to provide competitive returns through access to global markets and tools to manage price risk. We want to preserve existing pool options and enhance future pools with new tools for growers," stated Mr. Selwood.
Cargill has been in Australia since 1967 and employs some 1,500 people in Australia and New Zealand. It operates five manufacturing and processing plants and 12 grower field offices in regional and rural Australia. In addition to grain accumulation and trading, Cargill has investments in Australia that include beef processing, food ingredients and food manufacturing and flour milling.
"Combining the AWB Commodity Management business with Cargill Australia should provide substantial benefits to Australian growers.
"First, it will provide growers with innovative tools to help them manage fluctuations in commodity prices and, in turn, help them manage their cash flow."
"Second, Cargill's expertise and knowledge in shipping large volumes of commodities should make Australian grain more competitive in more markets."
"Third, with the combination of AWB's existing market expertise and Cargill's global presence and customer relationships with major grain importers and food companies, Australian grain growers will have broad access to international markets and greater opportunity to increase returns."
"Cargill Australia has made a long-term commitment to the future growth of Australian agriculture. We look forward to adding the skills of the AWB team to our business for the benefit of the Australian grower community," Mr. Selwood concluded.