Australia's Goodman agrees to $1.3 bln Wilmar-backed takeover bid
SYDNEY (Reuters) - Singapore edible oils giant Wilmar International (WLIL.SI) and First Pacific Co (0142.HK) are poised to buy Australian bread and dairy company Goodman Fielder (GFF.AX) for A$1.37 billion ($1.28 billion) after the target backed a sweetened takeover bid on Friday.
In a statement late on Friday, Goodman chairman Steve Gregg said the company's board will unanimously recommend the offer in the absence of a better one.
Late on Thursday Wilmar - which already owns 10 percent of Goodman - and First Pacific, a Hong Kong investment firm, raised their offer from a A$1.27 billion bid rebuffed by Goodman last month. The pair said Goodman's top two shareholders agreed to sell down their stakes by 4.8 percent.
The higher offer came with a condition that Goodman must agree to it within 24 hours. It also offered shareholders a dividend of A$0.01 per share.
($1 = 1.0696 Australian Dollars)
(Reporting by Byron Kaye; Editing by Kenneth Maxwell)
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