Frutarom moves closer to Etol acquisition

Frutarom moves closer to Etol acquisition

Frutarom's eighth acquisition since the beginning of 2011, Etol develops, produces and markets sweet and savory flavors for the food and beverage industry.

Frutarom Industries Ltd., one of the 10 largest flavor and fine ingredients companies in the world, announces the delisting of the Slovenian company Etol d.d. in accordance with its acquisition plan. Following the delisting Etol will become a private company. Frutarom will now act to acquire Etol's remaining shares from the remaining shareholders. Frutarom holds 98 percent of Etol shares, and upon acquisition of the remaining shares, will hold all of Etol's share capital. The total acquisition price will be approx. 35.5 million Euro.

Etol, Frutarom's eighth acquisition since the beginning of 2011, is a highly reputed and experienced company in the development, production and marketing of sweet and savory flavors for the food and beverage industry, specializing in natural flavors, with emphasis on local fruits of the region, food systems, as well as extensive activities in the growing market of bases for beverage.

Etol has exhibited impressive growth rates over the past few years, and its sales turnover has increased by 46 percent, from revenues of €31.5 million in 2006 to revenues of €46 in 2010. Over the 12 months ending on September 30, 2011, Etol's sales turnover grew at a rate of 7 percent in local currency terms compared to the same period in 2010, reaching €38.6 million.

Etol employs some 240 employees including leading and skilled personnel in research and development, production, sales & marketing, and an experienced and successful management team. Etol's products are sold to over 47 countries around the world, mostly in Central and Eastern Europe, characterized by higher than average growth rates in comparison with the average market growth.

The acquisition is synergetic with Frutarom's activities, and is expected to significantly increase Frutarom's customer base and scope of sales in emerging markets in Central and Eastern Europe, expand its product portfolio and deepen its operations and market share in these important markets. Etol's development, sales and production capabilities will serve as a base of Frutarom's business development in the region.

According to Frutarom's President and Chief Executive Officer, Ori Yehudai:

"We are very pleased with successful progress of the Etol acquisition, as planned. The acquisition of Etol is an important milestone in the realization of our goal and a significant strategic step, substantially expanding our operations in Central- and Eastern Europe and strengthening and further positioning Frutarom as a leading global player. Etol's proven abilities and many years of experience in the flavors market are a strategic asset for Frutarom".

Since the beginning of 2011 we have completed eight strategic acquisitions, and the scope of the revenues of these acquisitions, based on 2010 financial data, is US$145 million. The acquisitions are in advanced stages of integration. The integration plans are progressing successfully an as planned, and support Frutarom's expanding global reach, while deepening our presence in emerging markets where growth rates are higher than the global average, expanding our customer base throughout the world and the unique product portfolio we can offer our customers. Over the next few months we will continue to utilize the opportunities arising from the integration of these acquisitions and we are convinced they will enable us to reach the next significant step in Frutarom's profitable growth."


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