Thai cash and carry chain Makro in $86m acquisitions, expands in SE Asia

The Thai cash and carry operator said, in a regulatory filing, it will be buying 80 per cent each in these targeted companies, which are Indoguna (Singapore) Pte Ltd, Indoguna Dubai LLC and two Hong Kong-based firms Lordly Company Limited and Just Meat Company Limited.

Siam Makro said it would use its own capital and bank loans to facilitate the acquisitions.

The transactions are expected to “support Siam Food in expanding its business with respect to providing food services solutions to premium food supplies in Singapore, the United Arab Emirates and Hong Kong and in accelerating an expansion of the business to ASEAN countries,” the company stated.

The targeted firms are engaged in a business related to Siam Food and Siam Makro operation, which is importing, exporting and distributing raw and frozen premium food supplies including Halal products and sausage and salami processing.

In conjunction with the aim to expand in Asia, Siam Makro has also set up a $2 million joint venture in Cambodia, registered as Makro Cambodia Limited in September 2016, in which it holds 70 per cent equity.

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Siam Makro had said earlier this year that it was looking at the possibility of investing 6 billion baht to open 20 stores domestically during the year, and 3 billion baht to expand elsewhere in Southeast Asia, possibly in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam.

The cash and carry chain’s parent company, CP All – controlled by business conglomerate Charoen Pokphand Group, operates the 7Eleven retail outlets in Thailand. CP All is reportedly planning to bring down its major holding of 97 per cent in Siam Makro.

 

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