Dalgety feeds poised for MBO?

27 April 1998

Dalgety feeds poised for MBO?

DALGETY is believed to be close to selling its troubled cattle-feed business to management for about £60 million. The group is currently in the process of breaking itself up to give shareholders £675m in cash.

A deal on the cattle-feeds business is expected soon. The management team is headed by Paul Kirk, the executive director responsible for Dalgety Agriculture, who is set to receive a £74,000 business for selling the Martin-Brower, the groups US food distribution business.

The management is advised by KPMG Corporate Finance and is funded by NatWest Bank. The Dalgety holding company will be left with a pig breeding company and will change its name to PIC International.

Dalgety Agriculture includes seeds, fertilisers and pellet feeds for pigs but the cattle-feed side of the business has slashed its profitability in recent years because of the BSE crisis and falling farmers incomes.

Dalgety has already sold its Spillers Petfoods arm for £715m and its flour and food ingredients businesses for £360m.

  • The Daily Telegraph 27/04/98 page 27

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