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Acquisition BonarAgro finalized


Last July, Low & Bonar announced its intention to sell its BonarAgro business and associated production unit in Lokeren to the International Fibres Group (IFG).

Today, we are delighted to report that the sale between Low & Bonar and IFG has been fully completed. We can proudly announce that our team is fully prepared to embark on a new and exciting chapter.

To better reflect our resolve and renewed approach, we have also decided to change our name to IFG Cresco NV. IGF Cresco is much more than just a name and a new entity, it illustrates and highlights our goal to continue growing as an independent and high-quality supplier of agrotextiles (e.g. screens and ground covers) and industrial fabrics. To achieve this, we will focus even more on innovation, sustainability and flexibility.

In the meantime, we are working behind the scenes on the re-branding of our agro-textiles. We have also chosen to revamp Phormium, our powerful brand, and bring it back into the foreground, as a symbol of both our renewed vigorous approach and the continuation of the proven sustainability of our solutions.  Further details will be announced early 2018.

Duroc acquires company within climate control and energy efficiency for agriculture and horticulture industries


Stockholm, 11 July 2017. Duroc AB (ticker: DURC) today announced that it has signed an agreement with the London-listed global performance materials group Low & Bonar PLC to acquire its Lokeren, Belgium-based agriculture and horticulture textiles business, BonarAgro, for € 7 m.

BonarAgro, based in Lokeren, Belgium, is a leading producer and supplier of innovative screens and ground covers for the agriculture and horticulture industries. The company has a wide range of applications, including greenhouse climate control, water distribution, weed control and mushroom growing. The products are sold worldwide through BonarAgro’s own sales organization. BonarAgro’s turnover is approximately € 20 m and the company has about 200 employees.

The acquisition, which was made through Duroc’s subsidiary IFG Exelto, is complementing Duroc’s IFG fibres business regarding product offering and sales channels. The market growth in BonarAgro’s segment is strong, estimated at 9% annually for the next coming years.

“We are glad to add BonarAgro to our group. The products will further strengthen IFG Exelto’s synthetic fibres offering. As a leading international supplier of high quality fibre, we are convinced that we can support and grow BonarAgro’s business with increased efficiency and profitability” said John Häger, President and CEO of Duroc.

“BonarAgro is an exciting addition to our existing operations. We will do our utmost to ensure that all customers will continue to receive BonarAgro products and services of the best possible quality also in the future” said Bernard Deruyttere, Managing Director of IFG Exelto.

The acquisition is expected to have a positive impact on Duroc’s earnings per share already for the current financial year (2017/2018). Duroc will not be affected by goodwill through the transaction, which is carried out with own funds. The transaction is expected to complete no later than 30 September 2017, subject to the fulfilment of a number of conditions.

The information in this press release is disclosed pursuant to the EU Market Abuse Regulation. The information was released for public disclosure through the agency of the contact person stated below on 11 July, 2017 at 08.00 CEST.

For further information, please contact
John Häger, CEO Duroc AB, tel: +46 702 48 72 99