Danone sells €1.6 billion stake in China Mengniu Dairy

  • 20 May 2021
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Most of the proceeds will be returned to shareholders though a share buyback program

French dairy giant Danone finalized the strategic sale of its 9.8% stake in China Mengniu Dairy Co. Ltd. via an accelerated bookbuilding process. The transaction was settled on May 17, resulting in total gross proceeds of HK$ 15.4 billion (approximately €1.6 billion).

According to Danone, the majority of the proceeds will be returned to shareholders through a share buyback program.

The transaction follows Danone’s announcement on February 28, 2021, revealing the company’s intention to convert its long-term indirect stake in China Mengniu Dairy into a direct holding, which was completed on April 16, 2021.

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