ForFarmers unit acquires Netherlands organic feed firm

ForFarmers unit acquires Netherlands organic feed firm

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Move strengthens position in organic feed

Reudink, subsidiary of ForFarmers the Netherlands and active in the organic sector by offering organic feed solutions, has acquired Van Gorp Biologische Voeders B.V.

This means that Reudink will take over its employees, a specialized feed mill and its customer portfolio. Through this transaction, Reudink strengthens its leading position, especially in the Dutch organic animal feed market. Van Gorp Diervoeders, located in Waalwijk, is not part of the transaction.

Van Gorp Bio, like Reudink, focuses with feed solutions on organic livestock farmers active in all species. Van Gorp Bio is known as a reliable partner to its clients. Van Gorp Bio’s organic feed is produced in a feed mill in Schalkwijk, for its own clients and other feed manufacturers.

In 2017, Van Gorp Bio sold 67 thousand tons of feed. Turnover for 2017 amounted to approximately EUR31 million (US$35.8 million) with an EBITDA of EUR1.2 million. Van Gorp Bio has 12 employees, including the current managing director, Arno van Gorp, who will remain involved for the time being to facilitate a smooth integration.

“There is an increasing demand for organic food and therefore also for organic animal feed. We want to further expand our position in this market. Acquiring Van Gorp Bio seamlessly fits this ambition,” Wilfred Jonkman, managing director of Reudink, said.

Arno van Gorp said: “We are convinced that merging with Reudink, and therefore with ForFarmers, offers added value for both our organic customers and our employees. Reudink’s ambition to continue to grow internationally in the organic market by offering both innovative concepts and advice to customers appeals to us and gives us the confidence that this part of our company will continue to improve.”

The price paid by ForFarmers for the share transaction to acquire Van Gorp Bio is based on a multiple over EBITDA, in line with historically paid multiples. Payment takes place largely on transfer of the shares. After a maximum of three years, a final payment will be made related to predetermined objectives to be achieved. The results of Van Gorp Bio will be consolidated in the results of ForFarmers Nederland. Over time, Van Gorp Bio will be fully integrated into Reudink.