Fyffes and Chiquita to create largest banana firm
Irish fruit firm Fyffes and US rival Chiquita are to merge to create the world’s largest banana company, worth about $1bn (£597m). The new firm, named ChiquitaFyffes, is expected to sell about 160 million boxes of bananas annually, more than any rival firm. "This is a milestone transaction for Chiquita and Fyffes that brings together the best of both companies," said Chiquita boss Ed Lonergan. The new company will be listed in New York.
The merger will see shareholders receive shares in each firm, with Fyffes shareholders owning about 49.3% of the combined company. Mr Lonergan said the deal would help it to save costs and expand the areas it served. The tie-up came as Fyffes revealed that its profit before tax for 2013 rose 9.8% to 28.7m euros (£23.8m). It said results in its banana division were "broadly satisfactory", although profits in that division were slightly down compared with 2012’s strong performance. It said "significant inflation" in the cost of fruit and the strength of the US dollar against sterling had both hit performance.
firm – cég
to merge – összeolvad, vállalatot beolvaszt
to be expected to – arra számítanak, hogy / várható, hogy
annually – évenként
rival – versenytárs
milestone – mérföldkő, fontos esemény
to be listed – bejegyzik (céget)
merger – vállalatok egyesülése
shareholder – részvényes
to own – birtokolni
to save cost – költségeket csökkenteni
to expand – terjeszkedni
tie-up – kapcsolat
profit before tax – adózás előtti nyereség
to rise – emelkedni
to be slightly down – kissé csökken, visszesik
performance – teljesítmény
inflation – infláció
to hit performance – rossz hatással van a teljesítményre
Finish the sentences about the new company.
1. The new company was formed from
a) two American companies.
b) an American and an Irish company.
2. The new company will be listed
a) in New York.
b) in Dublin.
3. The new company will be the world’s
a) largest banana firm.
b) second largest banana firm.
4. The new company will be
a) more expensive to run.
b) less expensive to run.
5. The new company will give shares to its shareholders
a) from both companies.
b) from one company only.
answers: 1-b 2-a 3-a 4-b 5-a