ADM and Wilmar to Partner on Fertilizer, Ocean Freight and Tropical Oil Refining
Memorandum of understanding outlines plans to leverage both companies’ strengths
DECATUR, Ill., Feb. 21, 2012 – Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE: ADM) and Wilmar International Limited (SGX: WIL) today announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding, indicating their intent to work together in a strategic partnership in global fertilizer purchasing and distribution, global ocean freight operations, and tropical oils refining in Europe.
Collaborations between ADM and Wilmar began in the mid-1990s, when they jointly built a network of soybean processing operations in China. Today, ADM owns a 16 percent equity stake in Wilmar. The companies have significant supplier relationships with each other.
The recent memorandum of understanding says that: in the global fertilizer business, the companies will collaborate on purchasing and distribution; in ocean freight, they will partner to improve the utilization and management of their shipping fleets, with each company initially contributing two ships to the effort; and in tropical oil refining in Europe, they will work together to optimize refining capacity utilization. The memorandum of understanding is subject to the execution of definitive agreements with respect to the strategic partnership. ADM and Wilmar will look to finalize the definitive agreements over the next few months.
ADM Chairman and CEO Patricia Woertz said, “We have an excellent relationship with Wilmar’s leadership, and we see Wilmar as a key partner, especially in our strategy to serve growing Asian demand for agricultural products. Our teams are currently working together on many projects, and we look forward to finding more opportunities to work with our friends and partners at Wilmar.”
Mr. Kuok Khoon Hong, Wilmar’s Chairman and CEO, said, “Our long association with ADM and the ability of both companies to tap on each other’s synergies, helped build our successful Asian operations. It is now the intention to extend that co-operation globally, initially in the areas outlined in our memorandum of understanding.”
For more than a century, the people of Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE: ADM) have transformed crops into products that serve vital needs. Today, 30,000 ADM employees around the globe convert oilseeds, corn, wheat and cocoa into products for food, animal feed, industrial and energy uses. With more than 265 processing plants, 400 crop procurement facilities, and the world’s premier crop transportation network, ADM helps connect the harvest to the home in more than 160 countries. For more information about ADM and its products, visit www.adm.com.
Wilmar International Limited, founded in 1991 and headquartered in Singapore, is today Asia’s leading agribusiness group. Wilmar is ranked amongst the largest listed companies by market capitalisation on the Singapore Exchange.
Wilmar’s business activities include oil palm cultivation, oilseeds crushing, edible oils refining, sugar milling and refining, specialty fats, oleochemicals, biodiesel and fertilisers manufacturing and grains processing. At the core of Wilmar’s strategy is a resilient integrated agribusiness model that encompasses the entire value chain of the agricultural commodity processing business, from origination and processing to branding, merchandising and distribution of a wide range of agricultural products. It has over 300 manufacturing plants and an extensive distribution network covering China, India, Indonesia and some 50 other countries. The Group is backed by a multinational workforce of more than 90,000 people.
Wilmar’s portfolio of high quality processed agricultural products is the preferred choice of the food manufacturing industry, as well as the industrial and consumer food catering businesses. Its consumer-packed products occupy a leading share in its targeted markets. Through scale, integration and the logistical advantages of its business model, Wilmar is able to extract margins at every step of the value chain, thereby reaping operational synergies and cost efficiencies. Wilmar remains a firm advocate of sustainable growth and is committed to its role as a responsible corporate citizen.
For further information about Wilmar, please visit the company's web site at www.wilmar-international.com.