“As part of our ongoing portfolio management, we carefully considered our equity investment position in GrainCorp and determined that we could better meet our long-term returns objectives by reallocating that capital,” said Juan Luciano, chairman and chief executive officer of ADM. “This transaction will allow us to further reduce our invested capital, and it will provide cash that we can redeploy to higher-return investments as we continue to execute our balanced capital-allocation framework.”
ADM attempted to sell its 19.9% stake in GrainCorp on July 26 in a “Dutch auction” run by advisory firm Lazard. The asking price was about A$8, but offers came in too low at A$7 per share, Australian media reported.
ADM bought its stake in GrainCorp in 2012 before making a $3 billion takeover bid for the company in 2013. Although the deal received several regulatory approvals, Australian Federal Treasurer Joe Hockey prohibited the acquisition.
GrainCorp Chief Executive Officer Mark Palmquist on July 27 said he didn’t know why “ADM was trying to reposition their ownership.”