NEW YORK (AP) -- Agribusiness
conglomerate Archer Daniels Midland Co. is increasing its buyout offer for
GrainCorp by almost 4 percent and disclosed it has already added to its stake
in the Australian grain handler.
Under the revised deal, it will cost ADM about $2.33 billion to buy the
rest of the company.
ADM said Monday that it owns 19.9 percent of GrainCorp Ltd., up from
14.9 percent when it initially made its acquisition bid in October.
Decatur, Ill.-based ADM is now offering GrainCorp stockholders 12.20
Australian dollars ($12.73) per share. It previously offered 11.75 Australian
dollars ($12.13) per share.
GrainCorp currently has 228.2 million outstanding shares, according to
ADM said Monday that its revised bid is subject to GrainCorp giving it
access to its books and a recommendation from GrainCorp's board.