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Turkish Coca-Cola Icecek acquires Coca-Cola Bangladesh for $130m

This strategic move not only expands CCI's global footprint but also underscores its commitment to capitalizing on growth opportunities in emerging markets

Update : 18 Feb 2024, 04:18 PM

In a strategic move to strengthen its presence in the South Asian market, Coca-Cola İçecek (CCI), the Turkish beverage giant, has inked a deal to acquire Coca-Cola Bangladesh Beverages Ltd (CCBB) for a whopping $130 million.

The share purchase agreement (SPA) was signed between CCI, its wholly-owned subsidiary CCI International Holland B.V. (CCIHBV), and a subsidiary of The Coca-Cola Company (TCCC).

The agreement outlines the acquisition of the entire 100% shares in CCBB, with CCIHBV emerging as the primary direct shareholder.

CCBB holds a pivotal role in Bangladesh as one of the key players in the production, sale, and distribution of both sparkling and still brands under The Coca-Cola Company umbrella.

As per the terms of the agreement, CCI is set to acquire the complete shareholding of CCBB at an equity value (Equity Value) determined by subtracting CCBB's estimated net financial debt as of the closing date from an enterprise value of $130 million.

A post-closing price adjustment mechanism will come into play after a comprehensive closing audit to ascertain the precise net financial debt amount of CCBB as of the closing date.

The acquisition is anticipated to be funded through CCIHBV's existing cash resources, and it is expected to have a modest impact on CCI's net leverage.

This strategic move not only expands CCI's global footprint but also underscores its commitment to capitalizing on growth opportunities in emerging markets.

The acquisition is subject to regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions and is expected to further solidify CCI's position as a major player in the beverage industry on the Indian subcontinent.

Karim Yahi, CEO of CCI said: "We are very pleased to sign the share purchase agreement to acquire CCBB, which we see as a great opportunity to enter a market with significant future potential, where growth and value can be generated by deploying CCI's core capabilities. This acquisition also creates a more diverse geographical footprint for CCI and solidifies its alignment with TCCC."

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