(Hong Kong, 15 February 2019) Private equity arm of CITIC Capital Holdings Limited (“CITIC Capital”) is pleased to announce that, CITIC Capital Asian Foods Holdings Limited, a company wholly owned by its investment funds (Note 1), has completed the acquisition of the global business of the Amoy Brand, including the Hong Kong-based headquarters, Amoy Food Ltd, (collectively referred to as “Amoy Food” or “the Company”) from Ajinomoto Co., Inc. (“Ajinomoto Co.”). In addition, Ajinomoto Co. will subscribe 15% shares in CITIC Capital Asian Foods Holdings Limited to work with CITIC Capital to explore opportunities in China. This is the sixth carve-out deals CITIC Capital has completed within two years (Note 2).
Established in 1908 in Xiamen city, Fujian Province, Amoy Food enjoys a long history of success in seasonings/sauces and frozen foods market and has developed into one of the leading Asian brands with global reach. Headquartered in Hong Kong, Amoy Food serves both foodservice and retail customers across over 40 countries with deep roots in Hong Kong, the U.S., Mainland China, and Europe. Amoy Food has been a well-recognized household brand for Asian foods in global Chinese community.
Following the transaction, CITIC Capital will leverage its extensive network and track records in creating values for portfolio companies to further expand Amoy Food’s businesses in Asia and other overseas markets and continue to drive growth for the company.
Yichen ZHANG, Chairman & CEO of CITIC Capital, said: “We are excited about the opportunity to invest in Amoy and work closely with Ajinomoto Co., who is the global leader of high-quality seasoning and foods and pioneer of “Umami” with 110 years history and wide-ranging portfolios. Leveraging the strong shareholders and century-long brand equity, we see solid growth potential for high-quality Asian sauces and frozen foods across global Asian population. We look forward to leveraging CITIC Capital’s unique resources to grow the business alongside with the management team.”
Latham & Watkins LLP and JunHe LLP served as legal counsel to CITIC Capital.
Note 1: The investment is made through CITIC Capital China Partners and CITIC Capital Japan Partners.
Note 2: Recently completed carve-out deals include McDonald’s business in Mainland China and Hong Kong, sexual wellness company LifeStyles, Wall Street English, financial information database operator Global Marketing Intelligence Division, and leading supply chain pooling solution provider China Merchants Loscam.
About CITIC Capital Holdings Limited
Founded in 2002, CITIC Capital is an alternative investment management and advisory company. The firm manages over USD25 billion of capital across 100 funds and investment products through its multi-asset class platform covering private equity, real estate, structured investment & finance, and asset management. CITIC Capital has over 160 portfolio companies that span 11 sectors and employ over 830,000 people around the world.
CITIC Capital’s private equity arm, CITIC Capital Partners, focused on control buyout opportunities globally, has completed over 60 investments in the past years in China, Japan, U.S. and Europe. The private equity arm currently manages USD6.6 billion of committed capital. For more information, please visit www.citiccapital.com www.citiccapital.com