Australia's Warrnambool agrees takeover by Canada's Saputo

SYDNEY Mon Oct 7, 2013 7:11pm EDT

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SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia's Warrnambool Cheese and Butter Factory Company Holdings Ltd (WCB.AX) said on Tuesday it has agreed to an all-cash takeover by Saputo Inc (SAP.TO), Canada's largest dairy producer, that values the company at A$392.7 million ($370.10 million).

Saputo's off-market offer of A$7.00 per share is an 8.4 percent premium to the A$6.46 close of Warrnambool shares on Monday.

Warrnambool recommended shareholders accept the offer, in the absence of a superior proposal.

The Saputo approach is well above a A$5.75 per share offer from majority owner Bega Cheese Ltd (BGA.AX) in September, which Warrnambool directors recommended shareholders reject.

(Reporting By Maggie Lu Yueyang; Editing by Paul Tait)

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