Indonesia’s Indofood eyes $3 bn purchase of noodle-maker Pinehill

JAKARTA: Indonesia’s Indofood CBP Sukses Makmur plans to buy instant noodle maker Pinehill for US$3.0 billion as it eyes growth in Africa and the Middle East, according to a stock exchange filing.

The Indonesian food and snack giant, which makes popular Indomie brand instant noodles, said its shareholders will vote on the proposed deal at a Jul 15 meeting.

Indofood said the purchase “presents a golden opportunity to expand into fast growing and profitable new markets”, according to the filing.

Through its subsidiaries, British Virgin Islands-based Pinehill has a dozen factories with capacity to produce up to 10 billion packs of instant noodles annually, the filing said.

Its key markets are Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, Egypt, Turkey, Serbia, Ghana, Morocco and Kenya.

Pinehill’s 2019 sales were about US$533.5 million with pre-tax profits of US$125.0 million, according to the filing.

Indofood, whose shares closed nearly 2.0 percent higher in Jakarta Monday, posted revenue of some 12.01 trillion rupiah (US$857 million) in its latest financial year.