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Olam to Acquire 49% of Zimbabwe’s Aico, Sunday Mail Reports

April 22, 2012

Olam International Ltd. (OLAM), a Singapore-based commodity supplier, will buy 49 percent of Zimbabwe’s biggest cotton company, Aico Africa Ltd. (AICO), for $50 million, the Sunday Mail reported, citing unidentified officials.

Aico declined to comment on the deal, the Harare-based Sunday Mail said on its website. Aico will also sell two of its units separately for $8 million in an effort to cut debt, the Sunday Mail said. Harare-listed Aico, Africa’s biggest cotton ginner, has a market value of about $100 million, the paper said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Brian Latham in Johannesburg at in Harare at

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Antony Sguazzin in Johannesburg at

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