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Canada's Fairfax buys 10% shares in Ukraine's Astarta for $ 37m

Canada's Fairfax buys 10% shares in Ukraine's Astarta for $ 37mFairfax Financial Holdings Limited has acquired 9.99% shares in Astarta agroindustrial holding or 2.498 million shares from Aluxes Holding Ltd. belonged to one of the founders of Astarta Valeriy Korotkov.

This is reported by Interfax-Ukraine.

According to a report on the holding on the website of the Warsaw Stock Exchange (WSE), the company received the information on March 9. The price of the deal was PLN 60 per share or $36.96 million under the current exchange rate.

As reported, on August 24, 2016, Fairfax signed the agreement with the companies of the founders of Astarta Viktor Ivanchyk - Albacon Ventures Ltd. – and Korotkov - Aluxes Holding Ltd. Albacon held 37.8% (9.45 million shares) and Aluxes– 25.99% (6.497 million shares) in Astarta.

Fairfax shall acquire 450,000 of shares from Albacon and 2.048 million shares from Aluxes.

Fairfax shall also have the right to acquire from Aluxes an additional 4.449 million shares in Astarta.

Fairfax shall have the right to acquire from Aluxes an additional 2.498 million shares in the company, representing approximately 9.99% of the voting rights in the company which can only be exercised 61 days after the sale of shares (First Tranche Call Option).

Fairfax shall have also the right to acquire from Aluxes a further 1.952 million shares in the company, representing approximately 7.8% of the voting rights in the company, which can only be exercised after the 61st day after the acquisition of shares.

Aluxes also has the right to put the above shares to Fairfax should Fairfax not exercise its rights above.

In addition, Albacon has granted a tag along right to Fairfax in case Albacon sells a certain percentage of its shares in the company to a third party.

Furthermore, Fairfax has been granted the right to nominate the chairman of the board. In addition, Astarta has agreed that the company shall agree on some issues concerning shares with Fairfax.

Astarta is a vertically integrated agro-industrial holding, uniting six regional divisions in Poltava, Vinnytsia, Khmelnytsky, Ternopil, Zhytomyr, and Kharkiv regions. They include nine sugar factories, agricultural farms with a land bank of about 250,000 hectares and dairy farms. The holding also has a plant for processing soybeans in Poltava region (Globyno processing plant).
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