Chinese dairy food giant buys Canterbury company

14:39, July 19, 2010      

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A Chinese dairy food company has bought a controlling stake in New Zealand's Canterbury-based milk processing company Synlait Milk, New Zealand media reported on Monday.

Bright Dairy & Food will own 51 percent of the company, which it will use to source high-quality infant and whole-milk powders for sale in China, Radio New Zealand reported.

Subject to regulator and shareholder approval, Bright Dairy will invest 82 million NZ dollars (58 million U.S. dollars) in the New Zealand firm by becoming a majority partner in its processing arm.

As a result of the agreement, and subject to regulatory and shareholder approval, China's Bright Dairy and Synlait Limited will become joint owners of Synlait Milk.

Independent of the partnership and Bright Dairy, Synlait Ltd will continue to own and operate the Synlait farms through a separate company.

The partnership will be based around Synlait's manufacturing operations at Dunsandel which opened in August 2008. Synlait has relatively high debt.

Synlait Chairman Graeme Milne said the investment will allow the company to move ahead with its expansion plans, including a second dairy plant. He said the partnership will be focused on premium infant formula food products.

The move brings to an end an attempt by Synlait to find funding for the construction of a second production plant and to implement a sustainable long-term capital structure for the business.



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