NATUREX : Naturex doubles the size of its Food et Beverage operations in the United States with the acquisition of Vegetable Juices Inc., specializing in vegetable-based natural ingredients

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Naturex doubles the size of its Food & Beverage operations in the United States with the acquisition of Vegetable Juices Inc., specializing in vegetable-based natural ingredients

Press release

Avignon, 20 May 2014 - Naturex, the global leader in specialty plant-based natural ingredients, notifies shareholders that it has agreed to acquire 100% of the capital of Chicago-based Vegetable Juices Inc.[1] specializing in the production and distribution of natural vegetable ingredients.

This transaction meets the Group's strategic criteria for external growth projects and will strengthen our position as a multi-specialist of natural ingredients, particularly within the still highly fragmented and growing market of fruit and vegetable-based ingredients.

With a broad variety of vegetables available in multiple formats, Vegetable Juices Inc. develops technical and customized natural ingredients with nutritional and organoleptic properties (taste, texture, colors, etc) that meet food and beverage manufacturers' expectations (smoothies, ready meals, sauces, etc). Vegetable Juices Inc.'s expertise allows them to deliver custom solutions that suit various technical requirements of its customers.

The acquisition of Vegetable Juices Inc. will double the size of our Food & Beverage operations in the United States and represents a very good opportunity to accelerate Naturex's growth in this market, particularly in the technical segment of vegetable-based ingredients. Founded 80 years ago in Chicago, historic heart of the food business in the United States, Vegetable Juices Inc. has established a strong industrial and scientific base positioning the company as a key player in this segment.  Vegetable Juices Inc.'s quality client portfolio includes many major global food and beverage companies, and their culinary and superior sourcing capabilities will benefit the Group and accelerate our development in these areas.

"We are very proud of this acquisition and delighted by the addition to our Group of the Vegetable Juices Inc. team that shares our values of excellence, technical and scientific innovation and customer-centric culture", commented Naturex's CEO, Thierry Lambert. "This acquisition is perfectly aligned with our strategy and will allow us to significantly strengthen our position in the United States, the world's largest food industry market. It will also offer us an excellent complementarity in terms of products to provide new momentum to our offering of fruit and vegetable-based ingredients (NAT F&V(TM) range) across our sales network."

Elizabeth Doyle, CEO of Vegetable Juices Inc. added: "We are extremely pleased with this acquisition by Naturex. Our companies' values are aligned. This acquisition will ensure business continuity, growth of the company and advancement of the values and work fostered by the Garvy family for so many years."

Also commenting on this acquisition, Steve Wiley, COO of Vegetable Juices Inc.: "We are very pleased to be joining Naturex Group. Vegetable Juices Inc. will have the opportunity to benefit from the significant development potential offered by combining our technical and scientific expertise, enhancing our product offering and maximizing our commercial presence."

Terms and financing of the acquisition

Vegetable Juices Inc. is a largely family-owned company founded in 1934. The transaction covers 100% of the shares making up its capital and was carried out within the range of current valuations prevailing in the ingredients market. 

The company presents an interesting profile of development in recent years based on its positioning in the buoyant vegetable-based ingredients market that includes few significant players. The company generated in 2013 sales of US$42 million for an adjusted EBITDA rate slightly above that of Naturex.

Naturex is planning to proceed shortly with a capital increase maintaining the pre-emptive subscription rights of shareholders for an amount of approximately ¤65 million, to finance mainly the acquisition of Vegetable Juices Inc. in addition to more modest-sized acquisition opportunities that may arise in the coming months.

The legal and regulatory procedures relating to this capital transaction are currently under preparation and will be notified through specific announcements and disclosures.

At the same time, Naturex is refinancing its structured loan by finalising a new financing agreement guaranteed by Natixis and CM-CIC Securities, including multiple credit line tranches as well as a bridge-to-equity facility linked to the Vegetable Juices Inc. acquisition, repayable from the proceeds of the capital increase.


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This document does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy the securities of Naturex S.A. ("Naturex" or the "Issuer") in the United States or in any other jurisdiction of the United States. The securities referred to herein may not be offered or sold in the United States unless such securities are registered under, or pursuant to an exemption from registration under, the US Securities Act of 1933, as amended. The Issuer has not registered, and does not intend to register, any of the securities referred to herein in the United States and does not intend to conduct a public offering of the securities in the United States.

This announcement does not constitute a prospectus within the meaning of Directive 2003/71/EC of the European Parliament and the Council of November 4th, 2003 (the "Prospectus Directive"), as amended, to the extent such Directive has been transposed in the relevant Member State of the European Economic Area.

With respect to the Member States of the European Economic Area which have implemented the Prospectus Directive (each a "Relevant Member State"), no action has been undertaken or will be undertaken to make an offer to the public of the securities requiring a publication of a prospectus in any Relevant Member State, other than France. As a result, the new or existing shares of the Issuer may not be offered and will not be offered in any Relevant Member State other than France, except (i) to any legal entity which is a qualified investor as defined under the Prospectus Directive, (ii) to fewer than 100, or, if the Relevant Member State has implemented the relevant provisions of Directive 2010/73/EU, 150, natural or legal persons (other than qualified investors as defined in the Prospectus Directive) as permitted under the Prospectus Directive; or (iii) in any other circumstances not requiring the Issuer to publish a prospectus as provided under Article 3(2) of the Prospectus Directive and/or regulations applicable in the Relevant Member State.

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  • Financial schedule
- Q1 2014 results:
- 2014 H1 sales
- 2014 first-half results
- 2014 third-quarter sales
- 2014 third-quarter results
- Annual revenue
- Annual results
26 May 2014
25 July 2014
29 August 2014
4 November 2014
28 November 2014
3 February 2015
31 March 2015
  • Upcoming events
- AGM 26 June 2014


Naturex has been listed since October 1996 on NYSE Euronext in Paris, Segment B

Total number of shares comprising the share capital: 7,857,089
ISIN FR0000054694

NATUREX is a component of the CAC PEA-PME, CAC Small, Gaïa Index.
Naturex is eligible for the "long only" Deferred Settlement Service (SRD).

SYMBOL: NRX - Reuters: NATU.PA - Bloomberg: NRX:FP - DR Symbol: NTUXY
 


About Naturex

Naturex is the global leader in speciality plant-based natural ingredients. The Group is organised around three strategic markets (food & beverage, nutrition & health and personal care) and produces and markets speciality plant-based ingredients for the food, nutraceutical, pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries.

Naturex's head office is based in Avignon. The company employs more than 1,450 people with 8 sourcing offices located throughout the world and high-performance manufacturing operations across 16 sites in Europe, Morocco, the United States, Brazil, Australia and India. It also has a global commercial presence through a dedicated network of sales offices in more than 20 countries.

> Contacts  
Thierry Lambert 
Chief Executive Officer
Tel.: +33 (0)4 90 23 96 89
t.lambert@naturex.com
 
Thierry-Bertrand Lambert
Chief Financial Officer
Tel.: +33 (0)4 90 23 96 89
t.b.lambert@naturex.com
 
Carole Alexandre
Investor Relations
Tel.: +33 (0)4 90 23 78 28
c.alexandre@naturex.com
Anne Catherine Bonjour
Actus Finance Press Relations
Tel.: +33 (0)1 53 67 36 93
acbonjour@actus.fr

[1] This acquisition covers 100% of the capital of Vegetable Juices Inc. as well as the company Garvy Family LLC, owner of the Chicago-based manufacturing site.

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