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April 23, 2019

Charoen Pokphand Foods strikes deal for Canadian pork producer HyLife Investments

Thailand's Charoen Pokphand Foods (CPF) has moved to acquire a Canadian pork producer after announcing plans to expand overseas sales.

By Dean Best

Charoen Pokphand Foods (CPF) has moved to acquire Canadian pork producer HyLife Investments for CAD498m (US$372.6m) following the Thailand-based consumer goods giant’s previously-announced plan to boost overseas sales.

The transaction was conducted through CPF’s indirect subsidiary CPF Canada Holdings and is expected to be completed within eight months once the share purchase agreement has been signed off, according to a filing with the Stock Exchange of Thailand, on which the Thai company is listed.

Under the agreement, the purchase price can be adjusted dependant on earnings from HyLife Investments and HyLife Group Holdings, in which the business owns 50.1%. Japanese conglomerate Itochu Corp. holds the remaining share in HyLife Group.

Headquartered in La Broquerie, Manitoba, HyLife is described as a vertically integrated farm-to-food pork company that has become Canada’s top exporter of fresh chilled pork products to Japan. It is engaged in rearing hogs and feed manufacturing, moving up the value chain to processing, distribution and logistics. Two of the firm’s three plants are located in Mexico, with the other in Canada.

Last November, Bangkok-based CPF said it planned to increase the proportion of sales it generates from its overseas business in the next five years in a bid to “tackle global economic uncertainties”

It expects total sales revenues to rise to THB600bn in the next five years, with international operations accounting for 75%. That proportion was 67% in the first nine months of the current financial year.

Since the November announcement, one of CPF’s US businesses, Bellisio Foods, has snapped up Frozen Specialities from Swander Pace Capital. And just last month, CPF itself struck a co-packing deal with Boston, US-based restaurant group Legal Sea Foods.

Upon completion of the new deal, CPF Canada Holdings and HyLife Investments will be amalgamated to become the combined entity of CPF Canada Holdings Corp.

HyLife posted news of the deal on its website, and said CPF’s investment will take the Canadian firm into the “fast-growing Asian, North American and international markets”.  

Chief executive Grant Lazaruk added: “This is a win-win for HyLife, CPF and Manitoba’s agricultural industry. Together, our globally-established companies will significantly strengthen our market position. Through this agreement, we will build on the success of our growing pork business and brands to our customers globally, including our fresh chilled pork products to Japan.”

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