December 21, 2011 / 7:12 AM / 7 years ago

UPDATE 1-Saudi's Almarai buys Argentina firm to secure livestock feed

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JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia, Dec 21 - Saudi Arabia’s Almarai Co, the Gulf’s biggest dairy firm by market value, has acquired Fondomonte S.A which owns and operates farms in Argentina, to secure feed for its dairy herd and poultry businesses, it said on Wednesday.

“The transaction value is 312 million riyals ($83 million) and is financed from a combination of operational cash flows and Islamic banking facilities,” Almarai said in a bourse statement.

Fondomonte S.A. has three farms totalling 12,306 hectares which focus on the production of corn and soy beans, the statement said.

In June Almarai said it plans to invest 4 billion riyals in the poultry sector.

Earlier this month Almarai said it plans to increase its capital by 73.9 percent to 4 billion riyals from 2.3 billion through the distribution of one bonus share for each 1.739 shares. (Reporting by Asma Alsharif; Editing by Amran Abocar)

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