In the agreement, FLOURMILL and Honeywell Group Limited (HGL) agreed to a proposed combination of FLOURMILL through its affiliates and HONYFLOUR, a portfolio company of HGL.
At a total enterprise value of NGN80 billion, HGL will dispose of a 71.69% stake in HONYFLOUR to FLOURMILL.
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.
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The combination is expected to create 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 key highlights of the proposed transaction are as follows:
- HGL will dispose of a 71.69% stake in HONYFLOUR to FLOURMILL based on an enterprise value of N80 billion. The final equity price per share payable will be determined based on HONYFLOUR’s adjusted net debt and net working capital at the date of completion.
- The proposed combination is subject to approval from the appropriate regulators.
- The complementary transaction combines FLOURMILL’s market-leading offerings that include grain-based foods, sugar starches, oils, spreads and breakfast cereals with HONYFLOUR’s market leading diverse and differentiated range of carbohydrate products.
- Stakeholders would benefits from the more than 85-year combined track record of FLOURMILL and HONYFLOUR and their shared goal of making affordable and nutritious food available to Nigeria’s population.
- The scale of the transaction provides employees of the consolidated company with more career development opportunities in a larger organisation, 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.
- Customers across the nation will benefit from access to wider product range and a robust pan-Nigerian distribution network, accessing greater number of points of sale supported by enhanced customer-focused sales teams and redistribution capabilities.
- The combination will also serve as a catalyst for an even stronger stream of innovation that is focused on local content offerings.
- 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.
- Nigeria presents vast opportunities, particularly in light of the country being the largest market on the continent as well as a signatory of AfCFTA.
- HONYFLOUR’S listing will be retained for the foreseeable future. Minority shareholders of HONYFLOUR will be treated fairly and in line with capital market regulation. Further information is to be provided with the required channels and timeframes.
Commenting on the transaction, Omoboyede Olusanya, Group Managing Director of FLOURMILL said:
“The proposed transaction is part of our global growth strategy; which is aligned with our vision to not only be an industry leader, but also, a national champion for Nigeria in the Food and Agro-allied Industries.”
Commenting on the transaction, Honeywell Group Limited Managing Director, Obafemi Otudeko said:
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.”
The transaction is subject to regulatory approval.
Nnamdi Maduakor is a Writer, Investor and Entrepreneur