The Swiss-Irish convenience food group Aryzta plans to sell more than half its shares in agri-services business Origin Enterprises to institutional investors.
In a statement yesterday the group said it intends to offer up to 49 million shares in Origin by way of an accelerated book-building process to a limited number of institutional investors with immediate effect.
Book building is a means by which companies establish what price investors are likely to pay for a particular share or security.
Aryzta currently holds 85.3 million shares in Origin, representing 68.1 per cent of its issued share capital. It pledged to enter into a lock-up arrangement for 120 days following the completion of the placing.
Origin’s shares closed 1.42 per cent down at €8.80 in Dublin yesterday. Aryzta’s stock was off 2.35 per cent at €64.40 on the Irish market and 1.7 per cent at 67.95 Swiss francs in Zurich.
IAWS Group established Origin in 2006 to focus on its agri-services and food businesses. It owns fertiliser manufacturer, Gouldings and animal feeds supplier, R&H Hall, as well as an agricultural advisory service. It also has a stake in Valeo Foods, owner of Irish brands such as Jacobs and Fruitfield.