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Coca Cola bought Huiyuan Juice

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(Update Sept 5) It seems there are anti-trust concern about this acquisition. Some source says if this merge approved, Coca Cola will have 40% of juice market share in China. Another concern is, like many Chinese companies (Sohu, Netease), Huiyuan is actually registered in Cayman Island, theoritically it is M&A between two foreign companies. It seems the recently approved Chinese Anti-trust law did not say clearly how to treat such cases. Maybe my wife (China licensed attorney) will know.

(Update Sept 3) More analysis at 21cbh in Chinese. Coke paid about a PE of 42 for Huiyuan, not surprisingly high considering the huge potential in Chinese juice market.

(Original) It was not too long ago Huiyuan Juice, one of the largest juice producer in China, went public in Hongkong Stock Exchange. Now Coca Cola (NYSE: KO) is buying it for 17.9 billion HKD, at more 200% premium of the stock closing price (4.14 HKD) as of August 29. Coke is paying 12.20 HKD per share.

Chinese story at 21cbh. English story at Bloomberg.

Huiyuan Juice factory pic
(source: the standard)

The ticker symbol for Huiyuan is 1886.HK.

1 reply on “Coca Cola bought Huiyuan Juice”

[…] I was expecting Coca Cola’s proposed Huiyuan Juice acquistion go through, but obviously things did not turn out as I expected. While the free trade people in the US are upset by this, they should remember in 2005, the US congress shut down China CNOOC proposed buy of US oil company Unocal. Signs of more protectionism in the US (besides the anti-free trade measures in the stimulus bill, recent trade dispute with Mexico). […]

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