Windfall for farmers as co-op sells stake in Glanbia for €67m
Glanbia co-op has completed a 3 per cent placing in Glanbia plc. The sale of the 8.8 million shares at €7.60 per share, generated €67 million for the co-op, and will be used to help fund the ingredients business and clear debts in the co-op.
This placing follows the recent approval by co-op members of the proposed reduction in its shareholding in Glanbia. The new venture, called Glanbia Ingredients Ireland, will be the largest dairy processing business in the country.
Last week’s vote was the third and final one in a complex deal to form a new joint venture between the plc and Glanbia co-op.
The vote means that members will get a windfall as part of the share spin-out and sale. They will receive 7 per cent of the issued share capital of the plc and can then sell or keep the shares. That shareholding is worth about €157 million and farmers will receive, on average, between €15,000 and €20,000 worth of shares.