ADM raises bid for GrainCorp

Mon Dec 3, 2012 7:49am EST

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(Reuters) - Archer Daniels Midland Co (ADM.N) raised its takeover offer for Australia's GrainCorp Ltd (GNC.AX) to A$12.20 ($12.73) per share in cash, up from an earlier bid of A$11.75.

ADM said on Monday that it acquired an additional 5 percent of GrainCorp for the new offer price, raising its stake in the Australian grains handler to 19.9 percent.

It said it was ready to begin due diligence on a takeover immediately.

GrainCorp knocked back ADM's earlier bid, which valued the company at $2.8 billion, saying it undervalued GrainCorp after a bumper harvest delivered a record annual net profit. At the time, analysts and shareholders had said they expected a higher offer.

(Reporting by Martinne Geller in New York; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn and Gerald E. McCormick)

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