Flour Mills of Nigeria (FMN) and Honeywell Group Limited (HGL) today announced, through a press release, that they have signed an agreement to which flour mills will acquire Honeywell Group’s portfolio company, Honeywell Flour Mills PLC (HFMP), for ₦80 billion.
According to the press release, Honeywell Group Limited has agreed to sell a 71.69% stake in Honeywell Flour Mills to Flourmills of Nigeria. It stated, “For the proposed combination of FMN through its affiliates and Honeywell Flour Mills Plc (“HFMP”), a portfolio company of HGL. At a total enterprise value of NGN80 billion, HGL will dispose of a 71.69% stake in HFMP to FMN.”
The press release also mentioned that the transaction will create a stronger company in the food industry. It stated, “The proposed transaction will combine two businesses with shared goals and create a more resilient national champion in the Nigerian foods industry, ensuring long-term job creation and preservation.”
What you should know
Investors have reacted to the news as HONYFLOUR has rallied at the start of the trading session, trading ₦3.72, up 9.73% as of the time of this writing. FLOURMILL remains unchanged so far.
As previously mentioned, HGL will dispose of a 71.69% stake in HFMP to FMN based on an enterprise value of NGN80 billion. The press release further stated that the final equity price per share payable will be determined based on HFMP’s adjusted net debt and net working capital at the date of completion.
The transaction will see two great companies, known for their product offerings, which includes a wide range of grain-based foods, sugar, starches, oils, spreads, breakfast cereals and a differentiated range of carbohydrate products, combine their efforts and technical know-how, as stakeholders will benefit from more than 85 years of combined track record between FMN and HFMP.
Due to the combination of the two companies, consumers across the nation will stand a chance to benefit from a wider product range and a more robust pan-Nigerian distribution network. This will lead to a greater number of points of sale supported by enhanced customer-focused sales teams and redistribution capabilities.
According to the press release, “The country and its food security agenda will benefit from both companies’ focus on developing Nigeria’s industrial capability, its agricultural value chain and specifically backward integration of the food industry.”
What they are saying
Speaking on the transaction, Honeywell Group Limited Managing Director, Obafemi Otudeko stated, “Today’s announcement is in line with the evolution of Honeywell Group and our vision of creating value that transcends generations. For over two decades, we have supported Honeywell Flour Mills to build a strong business with a production capacity of 835,000 metric tonnes of food per annum.
“Following the transaction, Honeywell Group will be strongly positioned to consolidate and expand its investment activities, including as a partner of choice for investors in key growth sectors.”
Omoboyede Olusanya, Group Managing Director of Flour Mills of Nigeria, had this to say, “The proposed transaction is aligned with our vision not only to be an industry leader but a national champion for Nigeria. We believe that this will create an opportunity to combine the unique talents of two robust businesses.
“As a result, we will have a better-rounded and more comprehensive skill set available to us as a combined diversified food business, thus enabling us to better serve our consumers, customers and other stakeholders, whilst providing employees with access to broader opportunities.”
A combination of FMN and HFMP will bring together two trusted and iconic brands, creating a food business that is better positioned to benefit the growing Nigerian population and leverage opportunities stemming from the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).
The press release also stated that the scale of the transaction provides employees of the consolidated company with more career development opportunities in a larger organization, with the potential to create more jobs in the economy as it will have more brands and categories, and a larger and more geographically diverse footprint.
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