HOCHDORF Holding AG

DGAP-Adhoc: HOCHDORF Holding AG: HOCHDORF takes over Uckermärker Milch GmbH

HOCHDORF Holding AG  / Key word(s): Acquisition

22.09.2014 07:05

Release of an ad hoc announcement pursuant to Art. 53 KR
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HOCHDORF Group Press Release: HOCHDORF strives for Germany

HOCHDORF takes over Uckermärker Milch GmbH

Hochdorf, 22 September 2014 - The HOCHDORF Group has signed an agreement to
acquire 60% of Uckermärker Milch GmbH as well as a 26% share in each of
Ostmilch Handels GmbH, Ostmilch Handels GmbH & Co. Frischdienst Oberlausitz
KG and Ostmilch Handels GmbH & Co. Frischdienst Magdeburg KG. These
investments are being made in the context of the strategic development of
the Baby Care area and traditional milk derivatives. The acquisition allows
the company to match production capacity to growth. Ostmilch Handels GmbH
retains a 40% share in Uckermärker Milch GmbH. The acquisition is expected
to be completed at the beginning of January 2015. The purchase price is to
remain undisclosed.

The HOCHDORF Group has been producing infant formula since 1908, primarily
for the Swiss market up to 2006. From 2006, this area has successfully
shifted its focus to the international market. In recent years, sales
results in the Baby Care area have shown an increase in double figures each
year and existing production capacities have been fully exhausted.

Making continued growth possible
The HOCHDORF Group aims to continue the growth of its Baby Care division
and has been keen to expand its production capacity within the EU. Its
acquisition of the Uckermärker Milch GmbH milk plant at Prenzlau, Germany,
can be seen as part of this strategy. The HOCHDORF Group is acquiring a 60%
share in the German company Uckermärker Milch GmbH. It is also acquiring a
26% share in the German company Ostmilch Handels GmbH and its two
directly-related limited partnerships. Ostmilch Handels GmbH retains the
remaining 40% of Uckermärker Milch GmbH and markets its products. "In
Uckermärker Milch GmbH we have found a milk plant with a dry milk facility
that we can extend for use in infant milk formula production," explains Dr.
Thomas Eisenring, CEO of HOCHDORF Holding Ltd. HOCHDORF anticipates an
overall investment comprising the purchase price and infant formula
investments in the coming years of around CHF 20-25 million. The Group is
planning to finance this via a capital increase and from its own funds.
Details of the planned capital increase will be provided at a later date.

Thomas Eisenring is convinced that the EU takeover will strengthen the
HOCHDORF Group's competitive position internationally. In the future
HOCHDORF plans to use the plant to produce infant formula and other
products for Europe and the Central and South American markets. For these
markets, a production site based in Switzerland and the "Swissness" sales
argument are of less significance than they are in the Asian market, for
instance, explains the HOCHDORF CEO.

The acquisition of shares in these companies is subject to the approval of
the German competition authorities and other customary closing conditions.
The acquisition is expected to be completed at the beginning of January
2015.


About the HOCHDORF Group
The HOCHDORF Group, based in Hochdorf, achieved consolidated gross sales
revenue of CHF 376.1 million in 2013. It is one of the leading foodstuff
companies in Switzerland, employing 362 staff as of 31.12.13 (338 full-time
staff). Made from natural ingredients such as milk and wheat germ, HOCHDORF
products have been contributing to our health and wellbeing since 1895 -
from babies to senior citizens. Its customers include the food industry and
the wholesale and retail sectors. Its products are sold in over 70
countries. The shares are traded on the SIX Swiss Exchange in Zurich (ISIN
CH0024666528).

Uckermärker Milch GmbH
Uckermärker Milch GmbH was founded in 1889 and is a medium-sized company
that processes up to 1,000,000 kg of milk into curd, butter and dry milk
products daily. The company has a staff of 150 and is one of the largest
employers in Prenzlau, Germany. The products made at the plant are sold
both on the domestic and international markets. In 2013 the company
achieved a turnover of around EUR 150 million.

Ostmilch Handels GmbH
Ostmilch Handels GmbH is an internationally operating commercial enterprise
for milk products with an annual trade volume of around EUR 340 million.
The company was founded in 1991 and is active in the areas of trade,
logistics and warehousing. In 2008, Ostmilch Handels GmbH took over the
operational business of the milk products company Leonhardt mbH and became
a shareholder in the dairy company Uckermärker Milch GmbH. Ostmilch Handels
GmbH is one of the leading companies in Germany trading in butter and milk
powder for the food industry and retail market. The company has offices in
Berlin and Bad Homburg.

Ostmilch Handels GmbH & Co. Frischdienst Oberlausitz KG
Ostmilch Handels GmbH & Co. Frischdienst Oberlausitz KG is a partner
company of Ostmilch Handels GmbH. It was founded in 1991 and provides
logistical services on behalf of Ostmilch Handels GmbH and other customers
within the dairy industry. Its annual turnover is around EUR 7 million.

Ostmilch Handels GmbH & Co. Frischdienst Magdeburg KG
Ostmilch Handels GmbH & Co. Frischdienst Magdeburg KG is a partner company
of Ostmilch Handels GmbH. Founded in 1993; it trades in milk products and a
variety of foodstuffs for the commercial sector. Its annual turnover is
around EUR 12 million.


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Information and Explaination of the Issuer to this News:

The HOCHDORF Group, based in Hochdorf, achieved a consolidated gross sales
revenue of CHF 376.1 million in 2013. It is one of the leading foodstuffs
companies in Switzerland, employing 362 staff as of 31.12.13 (338 full-time
staff). Made from natural ingredients such as milk and wheat germ, HOCHDORF
products have been contributing to our health and wellbeing since 1895 -
from babies to senior citizens. Its customers include the food industry and
the wholesale and retail sectors and its products are sold in over 70
countries. The shares are traded on the SIX Swiss Exchange in Zurich (ISIN
CH0024666528).


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Language:               English
Company:                HOCHDORF Holding AG
                        Siedereistrasse 9
                        6281 Hochdorf
                        Switzerland
Phone:                  +41 41 914 65 65
Fax:                    +41 41 914 66 66
E-mail:              hochdorf@hochdorf.com
Internet:            www.hochdorf.com
ISIN:                   CH0024666528
Valor:
Listed:                 SIX

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