Saputo completes acquisition of Australian dairy cooperative

Montreal-based firm said the deal cemented its commitment to the Australian market

Saputo Inc. says it has completed a deal to acquire Australia-based Murray Goulburn Co-Operative Co. Ltd., for $1.29 billion.

The Montreal-based dairy firm, which announced the acquisition in October 2017, said it was purchasing the company on a debt-free basis financed through a new bank loan.

Murray Goulburn (MG) produces a full range of dairy products ranging from drinking milk to infant formula.

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The company operates seven manufacturing facilities in Australia and another in China, and has approximately 1,900 employees.

For the year ended on June 30, 2017, MG had revenues of approximately $2.5 billion.

Saputo said by acquiring a well-established industry player, it reinforced a commitment to strengthen its presence in Australia.

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