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Symrise Gearing Up For Further Accelerated Growth With €1.3 Billion Acquisition

Symrise Gearing Up For Further Accelerated Growth With €1.3 Billion Acquisition
April 16
12:53 2014

German-based food ingredients manufacturer Symrise has made a binding €1.3 billion offer to acquire Diana Group, a world leader in natural and functional food solutions and palatability enhancers for pet food.

The deal will allow Symrise to significantly expand its position in the flavour and nutrition market, strengthen its backward integration and expand its activities into the highly attractive pet food market. Symrise has already secured the required bridge financing for the investment.

As the partner of choice for its clients in the food, pet food, nutraceuticals, aquaculture and cosmetics industries, Diana has become one of the leading suppliers of organoleptic solutions based on natural ingredients. Diana is headquartered in Vannes, France, and operates own production facilities and sales offices in 23 countries in Europe, North and Latin America as well as Asia. With more than 2,000 employees, the company generated sales of about. Eur425 million and an EBITDA margin of 21% in 2013.

Dr Heinz Jurgen Bertram, chief executive of Symrise, comments: “The proposed acquisition represents a major milestone for Symrise right after our 10th anniversary, and is fully in line with our strategic objective to further accelerate profitable growth. Diana Group is an impressive and highly profitable business with a strong complementary fit to our activities in the Flavor & Nutrition market. With Diana we will be able to significantly diversify our portfolio for natural ingredients, tap into new business segments, strengthen our raw material supply and meet the requests for traceability from our customers. The planned integration of Diana will create an unparalleled set-up which will offer us new opportunities for profitable growth beyond our current market and establish an excellent position to generate value in the future. We believe that a multiple of around 14 x EBITDA (2013) represents an attractive valuation given the quality of Diana’s product and customer base, its high margin characteristics, and the future growth prospects of the business.”

The joint activities of Diana and Symrise generate pro forma sales of nearly Eur2.3 billion with an EBITDA margin of more than 20%. The acquisition will create a unique and highly competitive platform which will allow Symrise to capitalize on market opportunities at an accelerated pace, intensify business with global key accounts and consumer goods companies and gain additional market share.

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