Corbion acquires algae ingredients business from Bunge
SB Renewable Oils joint venture specializes in production of algae ingredients for aquaculture, animal feed
Corbion N.V. has completed the acquisition from Bunge Ltd. of Bunge’s stake in the SB Renewable Oils joint venture.
Corbion has acquired Bunge’s 49.9 percent stake in SB Renewable Oils, a joint venture that operates a facility in Brazil, specializing in the production of algae ingredients, such as omega 3-rich oil, for aquaculture and animal feed. Corbion now is 100 percent owner of the plant in Orindiúva, which employs about 170 staff.
“We are delighted to welcome the team in Orindiúva as part of our global family. They are a pivotal part of our Algae Ingredients business, the innovative platform we acquired last year. We are strongly committed to developing this line of business,” said Tjerk de Ruiter, CEO of Corbion.
Corbion has assumed Bunge’s share in the external debt of the joint venture, including accrued interest and has repaid Bunge’s working capital loan. Additionally, a 5-year earn-out provision starting in 2021 has been agreed to. This earn-out is based on sales of AlgaPrime DHA, with a maximum present value of $20 million. As the SB Renewable Oils plant is located adjacent to one of Bunge’s sugar mills, long term supply agreements have been secured regarding sugar and utilities. Approval by the relevant regulatory bodies in Brazil has been obtained.