Unilever selling margarines for 6.8 bln euros to US giant KKR
Unilever “has received a binding offer from KKR to purchase its global spreads business for 6.825 billion euros on a cash-free, debt-free basis,” the company said in a statement on Dec. 15.
After spurning a takeover by U.S. rival Kraft Heinz earlier this year, Unilever announced in April it would spin-off its margarines, which include such brands as Flora, Blue Band and Rama, as part of a restructuring plan.
Unilever chief executive Pol Polman said Friday’s announcement “marks a further step in reshaping and sharpening our portfolio for long term growth.”
“The consideration recognizes the market leading brands and the improved momentum,” he added.
The deal is expected to be completed by mid-2018, subject to regulatory approvals.
Unilever owns more than 400 household brands including Dove, Knorr soups, Lipton, Magnum and Marmite.
“There is a positive momentum in the performance of the spreads business and we are excited about continuing this journey with KKR,” said Nicolas Liabeuf, the chief executive officer of spreads.
Since the spurned takeover bid, Rotterdam-based Unilever, which employs some 169,000 people around the world has sought to prove to shareholders that it is better off on its own and vowed to boost profitability.