(Source: Inside Retail Asia | 4 November 2016)
Siam Makro, which runs the Makro cash-and-carry store chain, has clinched a 3-billion-baht (US$85.75 million) deal to acquire four food companies.
Through its wholly owned subsidiary Siam Food Services, Siam Makro has entered into an agreement to acquire an 80 per cent stake in each of Indoguna (Singapore), a listed firm on the Singapore Exchange, Indoguna Dubai, Lordly andJust Meat. Indoguna is listed on the Singapore exchange, while Lordly and Just Meat are Hong Kong listed.
The funds will come from Siam Makro’s cash flow and bank loans.
Siam Makro’s major shareholder, Charoen Pokphand Group (CP), has its strength in the food and agricultural businesses. CP acquired a 64 per cent stake in the cash-and-carry chain from the Dutch trading company SHV Holdings for $6.6 billion in 2013.
Siam Makro has partnered with with local companies to take its Makro cash-and-carry chain to Cambodia. The JV is 70 per cent owned by Makro ROH, a wholly owned subsidiary of Siam Makro, and the balance by Cambodian investors, with $2 million in initial registered capital.
Siam Makro plans to open 10 stores in Thailand this year, bringing its total outlets to 108 nationwide. During the first half, Siam Makro posted a net profit of 2.38 billion baht on revenue totalling 85.7 billion.