Corn Products International has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire National Starch Food Innovation from The Netherlands-based AkzoNobel for a projected $1.3 billion. The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of 2010, subject to customary regulatory approvals.
Corn Products International has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire National Starch Food Innovation from The Netherlands-based AkzoNobel for a projected $1.3 billion. The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of 2010, subject to customary regulatory approvals. The transaction is expected to generate cost synergies of at least $50 million, primarily from efficiencies in the areas of manufacturing, procurement, logistics and general and administrative functions.
"The acquisition of National Starch represents an exceptional opportunity for our company and a significant step forward toward achieving our strategic goals," said Ilene Gordon, chairman, president and CEO of Corn Products International, which is headquartered in Westchester, Ill. "The acquisition aligns with our strategic priorities to grow our ingredient portfolio, increase our presence in priority food processing segments, enter new markets and develop innovative solutions that better serve our customers.
"Combining National Starch with Corn Products will create an ingredient solutions leader with nearly $5 billion in revenues," Gordon added. "The combined company will benefit from leading, innovative technology, enhanced geographic scale, a broader and deeper product portfolio and access to new market segments."
National Starch, located in Bridgewater, N.J., is a recognized innovator in food ingredients and specialty starches. The company’s technologies are supported by a world-class research and development infrastructure and protected by more than 800 patents and patents pending, which drive the development of advanced specialty starches for the next generation of food products.
In 2009, National Starch had revenues of $1.2 billion from sales of specialty starches to both local and multinational customers in the food, papermaking, consumer and industrial segments. It has 2,250 employees around the world and operates 11 plants in eight countries, including new geographies for Corn Products such as the United Kingdom, Germany, Australia and New Zealand.
National Starch is a leader in the development of specialty and modified starches, two of which Corn Products has identified as important to its ongoing growth. National Starch’s ingredient solutions, such as texturants, blends and environmentally green solutions, will broaden Corn Products’ offerings to its global customers.
"This acquisition gives us access to new markets such as Europe, and improves our scale and capabilities in many of our existing global locations," Gordon said. "We will be able to better serve our global customers with our enhanced geographic footprint and the addition of National Starch’s technology. Further, we expect significant production efficiencies and cost synergies that will make us more competitive around the world.
"We are acquiring National Starch not just because of its products and manufacturing assets, but also because of its experienced and dedicated people," Gordon added. "They bring to Corn Products exceptional know-how in ingredient development, solutions and applications, along with proven marketing and customer service skills.
"We are confident that this acquisition will create lasting, long-term value for our shareholders," Gordon said.