October 7, 2013 / 11:20 PM / in 4 years

RPT-Australia's Warrnambool agrees takeover by Canada's Saputo

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SYDNEY, Oct 8 (Reuters) - Australia’s Warrnambool Cheese and Butter Factory Company Holdings Ltd said on Tuesday it has agreed to an all-cash takeover by Saputo Inc, 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 in September, which Warrnambool directors recommended shareholders reject.

$1 = 1.0611 Australian dollars Reporting By Maggie Lu Yueyang; Editing by Paul Tait

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