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Mitsui to Participate in Fertilizer Business in Myanmar

Mar. 10, 2016


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Mitsui & Co., Ltd. ("Mitsui", Head Office: Tokyo, President and CEO: Tatsuo Yasunaga) has entered into an agreement with the Behn Meyer ("BM"), a major distributor of chemicals in Southeast Asia, concerning the establishment of a Singapore-based investment company, BMM Venture (S) Pte. Ltd. ("BMM-V"). An agreement was signed on 10 March 2016. BM has 175 years business records and Mitsui's business relationship with BM spans many years. Mitsui will acquire a 49% equity stake in BMM-V through Mitsui & Co. (Asia Pacific) Pte. Ltd.

Mitsui and BM have also reached an agreement through BMM-V with Myanmar Agribusiness Public Corporation ("MAPCO"), their local partner, to establish Agri First Co.,Ltd. ("AFC") to manufacture and distribute imported fertilizers in the Republic of the Union of Myanmar. Founded in 2012, MAPCO is a private sector company and it is seen as a key contributor to the development of agriculture in Myanmar.

With a land area about 1.8 times bigger than Japan's, Myanmar has around 2.8 times more farmland (*). Its climate and water resources are suitable for double-cropping. These factors are expected to drive rapid growth in the agricultural sector. Fertilizer demand in Myanmar is currently just over one million tons. This is equivalent to only one-fifth of the level in countries with similar farmland areas and crop types, such as Vietnam and Thailand, and demand is therefore expected to grow rapidly.

AFC plans to invest approximately ¥1.2 billion in the construction of a fertilizer manufacturing plant (including a warehouse and other ancillary facilities) with an annual capacity at the 100,000-ton level in the Thilawa Special Economic Zone. It aims to commence production at the new plant in May 2017. By combining BM's expertise and experience relating to the manufacture and distribution of specialty fertilizer, MAPCO's networks with agricultural business operators in Myanmar, and Mitsui's financing, logistics, procurement and marketing capabilities, which Mitsui has accumulated through its engagement in the fertilizer business, including the development of raw materials, logistics and sales, AFC will contribute to agricultural development in Myanmar.

Mitsui is orienting its business development efforts toward the consolidation of the Seven Key Strategic Domains identified in its New Medium-term Management Plan. This initiative will strengthen Mitsui's presence in the food and agriculture key strategic domain by expanding the business base in the area of agricultural materials.

Mitsui regards this joint establishment of the investment company with BM as an opportunity to strengthen its business operations in the area of fertilizers and agricultural materials in Myanmar and other Southeast Asian countries, in addition to its business initiatives in Japan, Europe, and North and South America. The specific goals are to accelerate the spread of scientific methods developed by Mitsui and BM independently, including guidance on fertilizer optimization based on soil and crop analyses, and to contribute to the development and growth of agriculture in Southeast Asia and the stable supply of food on a global scale.

(*): Farmland Area in Myanmar and Japan

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  Myanmar Japan
Area
(10,000 ha)
Percentage (%) Area
(10,000 ha)
Percentage (%)
Total territory 6,766 100.0 3,780 100.0
Farmland 1,259 18.6 455 12.0

Source: Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries website

Profile of BMM-V

Name BMM Venture (S) Pte. Ltd.
Location Singapore
Establishment date March 2016 (planned)
Shareholders Behn Meyer Agricare Holding (S) Pte. Ltd. : 51%
Mitsui & Co. (Asia Pacific) Pte. Ltd. : 49%
Activities Investment

Profile of AFC

Name Agri First Co.,Ltd
Location Thilawa Special Economic Zone, Myanmar
Establishment date April 2016 (planned)
Shareholders BMM Venture (S) Pte. Ltd.: 60% (planned)
Myanmar Agribusiness Public Corporation: 40% (planned)
Activities Manufacture and distribution of fertilizers and distribution of imported fertilizers in Myanmar

Investment Scheme

Investment Scheme

Fertilizer Manufacturing Facility of BM Group in Malaysia

Fertilizer Manufacturing Facility of BM Group in Malaysia

Profile of Behn Meyer Agricare Holding (S) Pte. Ltd., a member of the BM Group

Name Behn Meyer Agricare Holding (S) Pte. Ltd.
Location Singapore
Establishment date 1840 (establishment of Behn, Meyer & Co. as the forerunner of the Behn Meyer Group)
Representative Khoo Su Chin, Managing Director
Activities Holding company for fertilizers and crop protections businesses in the Behn Meyer Group

Profile of MAPCO

Name Myanmar Agribusiness Public Corporation Ltd.
Location Yangon, Myanmar
Establishment date May 2012
Representative Chit Khine, Chairman (representative of the Eden Group, Chairman of the Myanmar Rice Federation)
Shareholders Numerous shareholders, led by Chit Khine (over 20%)
Activities Business activities relating to the development of agriculture in Myanmar (rice milling, agricultural service centers, etc.)

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Information

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Mitsui & Co., Ltd.
Corporate Communications Division
Keitaro Kida
Telephone: +81-3-3285-6645
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