SYDNEY, June 27 Archer Daniels Midland Co's
takeover of bulk grain handler GrainCorp
overcame its first regulatory hurdle after Australia's
competition watchdog said it would not oppose the A$3 billion
($2.8 billion) deal.
Despite opposition from Australian farm groups, the
Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) said on
Thursday it would not reject or place conditions on the
takeover, which still needs approval by Chinese regulators.
"The ACCC concluded that the proposed acquisition would be
unlikely to substantially lessen competition as the merged
entity would continue to face competition from a number of
sources," ACCC Chairman Rod Sims said in an emailed statement.
Analysts had expected the ACCC to pass the deal.
ADM secured the deal for GrainCorp in April but in a sign
that it expected regulatory scrutiny, the offer included an
extra payment for shareholders from October to reflect any delay
in approval by China.