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Saputo acquires Australian dairy firm for $1.29 billion

Montreal-based dairy's purchase of Murray Goulburn Co-Operative is subject to approval

Montreal-based dairy giant Saputo announced Thursday it had reached a $1.29-billion agreement to acquire Australia's Murray Goulburn Co-Operative.

The Australian dairy company produces products for the international market under the Devondale, Liddells and Murray Goulburn Ingredients brands.

Murray Goulburn makes a variety of dairy products including milk, milk powder, cheese, butter and infant formula.

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Saputo said the agreement had been unanimously recommended by Murray Goulburn's board of directors and is subject to shareholder approval.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission also needs to approve the deal.

Saputo said it expected the transaction to close in the first half of 2018.

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