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Varun Beverages completes acquisition of South African bottler BevCo | Company News


Varun Beverages Ltd, PepsiCo’s largest franchise bottler, on Wednesday said it has completed the acquisition of South Africa-based Beverage Company (BevCo) along with its wholly-owned subsidiaries.


The acquisition was done after receipt of requisite approvals from PepsiCo Inc and Competition Commission South Africa and now BevCo has become a subsidiary of the company from March 26, Varun Beverages Ltd (VBL) in a regulatory filing.


VBL has also issued a corporate guarantee amounting to ZAR 1,500 million (around Rs 660 crore) to secure credit facilities extended to BevCo by the FirstRand Bank there, it added.

However, it also added: “There is no impact of this corporate guarantee on the company.”

In December 2023, VBL announced its plans to acquire 100 per cent stake in BevCo, along with its wholly-owned subsidiaries at an enterprise level, valued at about Rs 1,320 crore (about ZAR 3 billion).

 


BevCo holds franchise rights from PepsiCo in South Africa, Lesotho and Eswatini. It also has distribution rights for Namibia and Botswana. It also owns beverage brands such as Refreshhh, a high caffeine content drink, Reboost, an energy drink, Coo-ee, a carbonated drink in classic flavours and JIVE, which is a fizzy Lemonade.


BevCo has five manufacturing facilities – two in Johannesburg and one each in Durban, East London and Capetown – and has an installed capacity of 3,600 BPM (bottles per minute).


“The acquisition will enable VBL to expand its geographical footprint in Africa,” VBL had said in a regulatory disclosure earlier.


South Africa is the largest soft drinks market in the African continent, which is expected to grow at a CAGR of 5.3 per cent for the next four years till 2027, it had said.


VBL, which follows the calendar as a financial year, had posted its net revenue of Rs 16,042.58 crore, up 21.8 per cent in 2023.


Its association with PepsiCo is over three decades old. It is increasing the number of licensed territories and sub-territories to expand its business.

(Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mar 27 2024 | 8:52 PM IST

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