U.S. grain firm Andersons not interested in being bought

New York | Reuters — U.S. grain handler Andersons Inc. is not interested in being acquired, CEO Mike Anderson said on Thursday after Richardson International expressed interest in a takeover.

Richardson, one of Canada’s largest grain handlers, last week said it was interested in Andersons as part of a push to expand in the U.S.

“Our strategy does not include selling today,” Anderson, the grandson of the company’s founders, said in an interview.

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Analysts have long considered Andersons, which has a US$1.2 billion market value, to be a prime takeover target in the farm sector because of its diversified assets, including grain storage facilities and rail cars.

At a BMO Capital Markets investor conference in New York, Anderson said the company ranked eighth in U.S. storage capacity for grain. Archer Daniels Midland, Marubeni’s Gavilon and Cargill held the top spots.

“Our primary intent, at this time, is that we believe we have a wonderful future for decades as an independent company,” Anderson said. “That doesn’t mean that somebody else wouldn’t say that they’d be interested in buying us.”

Reporting for Reuters by Tom Polansek.

 

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