Technology JBS to acquire stake in NZ company

by Editor
Monday, August 24, 2015
Photo: Scott Technology

JBS SA announced the company, through its subsidiary JBS Australia Pty. Ltd., made a conditional offer to acquire a 50.1% stake in Scott Technology Ltd., an automated technologies manufacturer based in Dunedin, New Zealand.

Terms of the deal include placement of 10 mill. shares at NZ$1.39 to provide the capital Scott needs. Shareholders of Scott who want to reduce or sell all their shares would receive an offer price of NZ$1.39 per share. Shareholders who don’t want to sell or would like to increase their shares would receive a 1-for-8 non-renounceable rights issue at the same price. The offering represents NZ$63 mill. ($42 million).

Scott Technology previously notified its shareholders of the need to raise capital and reduce debt following recent acquisitions.

JBS has an existing business relationship with Scott Technologies; and many of Scott’s current meat processing developments were undertaken in conjunction with JBS Australia and globally. Scott Technology manufacturers automated lamb deboning and beef and lamb deboning systems, among other technologies.

The deal is subject to approval by Scott Technology shareholders and government regulatory authorities.