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Co-op sells 3pc of Glanbia's shares

GLANBIA co-op has sold 3pc of its holding in Glanbia plc, the food group it part owns, as part of the terms of a joint venture to spin out the company's milk- processing business.

The co-op sold a little over 8.8 million shares at €7.60, raising €67.2m. The placement, which was run by Jeffries and Davy Stockbrokers, reduces the co-op's holding in Glanbia plc to 51pc.

News of the placement came as shareholders of Glanbia plc overwhelmingly backed the planned spinning out of the company's milk-processing business into a joint venture with its farmer shareholders.

At an extraordinary general meeting in Kilkenny, 99pc of shareholders supported the deal, which will see the co-op and the plc take on the company's milk-processing function in a joint venture split 60:40 between the two companies.

The vote came a week after more than 70pc of Glanbia milk suppliers supported the co-op's participation in the plan.

The co-op shareholders will now vote twice next month on whether it should sell another 10pc of its shares in the plc in order to finance the venture, which will see a new milk-processing plant built at Belview Port in south Kilkenny.

Glanbia closed in Dublin marginally lower at €7.75.

Irish Independent