AAK has acquired 51 percent of the shares of Kamani Oil Industries Pvt
Ltd., one of the leading speciality and semi-speciality oils and fats
companies in India. The company had revenues of approximately SEK 1,000
million last year, with an annual volume of 100,000 MT.
The remaining 49 percent of the company’s shares will continue to be
owned by the Chawla family and Mr. Prakash Chawla will continue as Chief
Executive Officer. There is, in addition, a put/call option under which
AAK could acquire the remaining 49 percent of the company within the
next 3–7 years.
“A growing middle class, a rapid urbanization and a rising per capita
income, obviously makes India a very interesting growth market for AAK
and we very much look forward to start working together with the Chawla
family”, says Torben Friis Lange, President AAK Asia. “This acquisition
will reinforce AAK’s speciality oils and fats strategy and offer a
strong foothold in India. Kamani has very well-developed relations with
both global and local customers. Together, we will continue to develop
customer relations as well as the product portfolio of speciality and
Kamani operates out of a strategically located and modern production
plant in Khopoli, which is situated 70 km southeast of Mumbai where the
company’s head office is located.
“It’s a great moment for all of us here in India to become part of a
much bigger family,” says Prakash Chawla, Kamani’s CEO. “AAK is one of
the leading speciality oils and fats manufacturing companies in the
world. This will significantly enhance the capabilities in the Indian
market and we very much look forward to this partnership.”
Arne Frank, President and CEO, AAK Group, states that the acquisition is
an integral part of AAK’s company program AAKtion and that it will
strengthen AAK’s presence in another fast-growing economy.
“With a great focus on technical expertise and customer co-development,
Kamani’s customer and market approach is very similar to AAK’s”, Arne
Frank continues. “The acquisition will serve as a platform for increased
sales of speciality and semi-speciality products within Food Ingredients
and Chocolate & Confectionery Fats.”
The transaction is expected to be completed on October 1, 2015. The
acquisition is expected to start contributing to AAK’s operating profit
during the first half of 2016.
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AAK is a leading provider of value-adding vegetable oils & fats. Our
expertise in oils & fats within food applications, our wide range of raw
materials and our broad process capabilities enable us to develop
innovative and value-adding solutions across many industries – Chocolate
& Confectionery, Bakery, Dairy, Infant Nutrition, Food Service, Personal
Care, and more. AAK’s proven expertise is based on more than 100 years
of experience within oils & fats. Our unique co-development approach
brings our customers’ skills and know-how together with our own
capabilities and mindset for lasting results. Listed on the NASDAQ OMX
Stockholm and with our headquarters in Malmö, Sweden, AAK has 18
different production facilities, sales offices in more than 25 countries
and more than 2,500 employees. We are AAK – The Co-Development Company.
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