Flour maker Gruma buys ADM's stake in it for $450M
DECATUR, Ill. (AP) — Archer Daniels Midland Co. on Monday said it has sold its stake in Gruma back to the Mexican corn flour producer for at least $450 million, saying it wants to spend money in areas that it believes will be more profitable.
The agribusiness giant had a 23 percent interest in Gruma and had invested in joint ventures with the company.
ADM may also receive additional payments of up to $60 million over the next 42 months. Those depend on certain targets being met.
While ADM exits some businesses, it is seeking to grow in other markets. It offered $2.35 billion to buy Australian grain handler GrainCorp earlier this month. GrainCorp rejected the offer by the Decatur, Ill. company as too low.
Shares of ADM added 27 cents, or 1 percent, to $27.36 in afternoon trading.