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Cargill & Continental Grain Buy Sanderson Farms For $4.53B

 |  August 17, 2021

Cargill and Continental Grain Company have jointly agreed to acquire Sanderson Farms, valuing the US poultry producer at $4.53bn at a time when demand for chicken meat has been soaring, reported The Financial Times. 

As part of the transaction, Sanderson Farms will combine with Wayne Farms, a subsidiary of investment group Continental Grain, to form a new privately held poultry business. Under the terms of the deal, Sanderson Farms shareholders will receive $203 a share in cash, a 30.3 percent premium to the company’s stock market price on June 18, before media reports that it was considering a sale. 

Cargill and Continental Grain will control the newly combined company through a joint venture owned in equal parts, said people briefed on the matter.  The deal will allow Cargill to expand its international poultry business in the US, which is one of the world’s fastest-growing markets. 

Since 1960, the average yearly consumption of poultry in the US has increased by 231 per cent to 113.3lbs a person, according to the US National Chicken Council. During the same period, the annual US consumption of red meat has fallen 17 per cent to 110.5lbs a person.

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