BIG BUY: 81.4% of Lascelles deMercado & Co Sold to Italy’s Campari for US$415 million

Deal to be paid in cash. Appleton, Wray and Nephew and Coruba brands sold

The Financial Times, Reuters, Bloomberg and a number of new sources including the Gleaner have reported that 81.4% of Jamaica’s Lascelles is being sold to Italy’s Campari for US$414.8 million or around 330 million Euros.

The Financial Times reports

Gruppo Campari is to buy the spirits business of Jamaican rum maker Lascelles DeMercado for as much as $415m in a deal that marks a continuation of the Italian drinks company’s strategy of offsetting stagnant sales at home by expanding through foreign acquisitions.

Reuters continues

Campari, also owner of Glen Grant whisky, said it agreed to buy an 81.4 percent stake from ailing Caribbean state-owned conglomerate CL Financial, valuing the target at $414.8 million, or around 330 million euros, making it Campari’s third-biggest acquisition behind Skyy vodka and Wild Turkey bourbon.

Campari Enters the Rum Category

This is Campari’s entry in the rum category. Bloomberg reports

Campari agreed to buy a controlling 81.4 percent stake and will make a formal tender offer for all the shares, the Milan- based company said today in a statement.

The acquisition is the third-largest by Campari, and marks the company’s entry into the rum category. The distiller said the deal will give it a market-leading position in Jamaica and provide growth potential in the U.S., Canada and MexicoLascelles deMercado’s brands include Wray & Nephew and Coruba.

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