Coca-Cola Europe Offers € 5.2 Billion Largest Bottlers In Asia

The American multinational accumulates a 12% drop in income between January and September due to the drop in sales in the hospitality industry.

CocaCola European Partners the largest independent bottler of the US beverage brand has launched a nonbinding offer to acquire CocaCola Amatil one of the largest beverage and coffee bottlers and distributors in the AsiaPacific region  The operation would be valued at about 5200 million euros as reported by the firm this Monday to the National Securities Market Commission CNMV.

The Sydneybased company has 670000 active drinkers and 270 million potential consumers according to the corporation in a statement sent to the stock regulator The company estimates that the transaction would practically double its number of consumers and help it grow through geographic diversification and scale

The board of directors of the European company  in charge of bottling CocaCola and other beverages has made a nonbinding offer to acquire both 692 of the Australian corporation from independent shareholders and the 308 that owns The CocaCola Company although the success of the operation is conditional on receiving the goahead from the Australian authorities.

Independent shareholders of the Sydney company would receive AU 1275 per share in cash representing a 23 premium over the average price last week while The CocaCola Company would receive AU 957 per share Title

In total the offer made by CocaCola European Partners would initially be valued at approximately A 87 billion € 52 billion with a total company value of A 108 billion € 65 billion.

The board of directors of the Australian bottler after concluding the due diligence process  intends to recommend that it be accepted in the absence of a superior offer considering that the proposal outline is fair and reasonable to the best interest of independent shareholders.

We are very excited to announce a nonbinding proposal to acquire CocaCola Amatil one of the largest bottlers and distributors of readytodrink beverages and coffee in the AsiaPacific region It is a unique opportunity to combine two of the best bottlers in the world including one of the most attractive emerging markets.

This larger platform would allow us to scale even faster than before and strengthen our position as the largest CocaCola bottler by revenue stressed the CEO of the European group Damian Gammell.

In a context marked by the health crisis of Covid19  CocaCola European Partners has announced a dividend of 085 euros per share for 2020 which represents a pay out of 50 The distribution is accompanied by a cut in expenses between 200 and 250 million euros in the areas of marketing promotions travel or incentives and will close this year with investments of 350 million euros.

On the other hand the company has updated the revenue figures for the third quarter with a fall of 3 to stand at 3179 million euros although the decrease is higher of 12  in the first nine months of the year in which 8016 million euros entered their coffers.

Hospitality sales fell 175 in the third quarter an improvement from the 50 slump in the second and grew 6 in households also above the 35 decline in the second quarter.

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