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Mitsui & Co., Ltd agreed on August 02 to acquire 25% of the outstanding shares of Multigrain AG ("Multigrain" - head office: Switzerland) which owns the Brazilian grain handling and merchandising company named Multigrain S.A. from its major shareholders CHS Inc ("CHS" - head office: USA; listed on NASDAQ) and PMG Trading S.A. ("PMG" - head office: Brazil). The shares will be formally acquired once permission has been obtained from the Brazilian authority.
Multigrain is a holding company established in September 2006 by CHS, a leading energy and grain-based foods company in the United States, and the Brazilian agricultural commodity trading company PMG, and owns the 100% subsidiary Multigrain S.A. as its operating company in Brazil. Multigrain's core business is the origination and export of soybeans and it also engages in sugar exports, importing wheat, wheat milling and domestic sales of fertilizers. Multigrain operates soybean origination using storage facilities in 17 locations in Brazil, focussing on states in the central and northern regions such as Minas Gerais, Goiás, Mato Grosso, Bahia, Maranhão and Tocantins where there is the possibility of expanding agricultural land and where comparatively high quality soybeans are produced. It exports soybean to Japan, China and other countries in Asia and Europe from the ports of Tubarão, Ponta da Madeira and Santos.
Demand for soybean, corn and sugarcane crops has, against the background of the economic development of emerging nations, grown rapidly not only for use as foodstuffs but also for purposes of bio-energy and it is expected that securing food resources will become increasingly important in future. Japan's level of self-sufficiency in soybean is around 5% and the maintenance of a stable supply from overseas is imperative. By securing a supply base for grains in Brazil, which has the greatest potential in the world for expanding its agricultural land and increasing agricultural production, Mitsui intends to contribute to meeting demand for food not only in Japan but also in the rest of Asia.
CHS is a strategic partner of Mitsui's Foods & Retail Business Unit and jointly operates Ventura Foods LLC and United Harvest LLC with Mitsui in the US. This investment is Mitsui's first project with CHS outside the US and forms one element of Mitsui's global food strategy.
|Established||2006 (under equal ownership of CHS and PMG)|
|Head office location||Switzerland|
|Shareholders||CHS/37.5%, PMG/37.5%, Mitsui/25%(Mitsui & Co., LTD/13%, Mitsui & Co.(U.S.A.), Inc./12%)|
|Business||Holding company established under equal ownership of CHS and PMG owns the 100% subsidiary Multigrain S.A. as its operating company in Brazil. It is engaged in the international trade of agricultural commodities, with a special focus on soybean, sugar, and wheat exporting and importing operations.|
|Established||1998, as the result of the merger of Cenex and Harvest States|
|Head office location||Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota (5 miles south of St Paul)|
|No. of Employees||Approx 12,000|
|Business||A leading energy and grain-based foods company in the US. It is a Fortune 500 company and listed on Nasdaq.|
|Outline of results||Net Income for 2006 (ending August 31, 2006) was $490.3 million.
Net revenues for fiscal 2006 were $ 14.3 billion.
CHS and Mitsui are 50/50 partners of Ventura Foods, LLC and United Harvest, LLC.
PMG Trading S.A.
|Head office location||Sao Paolo, Sao Paolo State, Brazil
PMG transferred control of its soybean, wheat and milling businesses to Multigrain in 2006.
PMG's core business is now cotton.
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