JUNAN COUNTY, China, June 29 /PRNewswire-Asia-FirstCall/ -- American Lorain Corporation (NYSE Amex: ALN) ("American Lorain" or the "Company"), an international processed snack foods and convenience foods manufacturer based in Shandong Province, China, today announced that the company signed a letter of intent ("LOI") to acquire Shandong Greenpia Foodstuff Co., Ltd., a manufacturer of retail-packaged, Korean-style kimchi cold dishes.
On June 28, 2010, International Lorain Holding Inc. and is operating subsidiary, Junan Hongrun Food Co. Ltd, signed a LOI to acquire 100% ownership of Shandong Greenpia Foodstuff Co., Ltd. ("Shandong Greenpia"). The acquisition will include cash and stock offer of $2.1 million in cash and 731,707 shares of American Lorain common stock, respectively. The Company is expected to complete the equity exchange and obtain governmental approval on the acquisition on or before September 30, 2010.
"We have been looking to expand our pickled vegetable and cold dish product line since we received favorable reception of the dishes from our customer base following our February 2010 launch of our own, Lorain(R)-branded cold dishes," opened Si Chen, Chairman and CEO of American Lorain. "While developing new products in the category ourselves was a consideration, we also saw benefit to buy companies in our province that are currently producing like products. Pickled vegetables are a well-known dish throughout Asia and particularly in Korea where the dish is called Kimchi, one of the national dishes of Korea. We could think of no better a target to acquire than Shandong Greenpia considering the Company's heritage with its Korean owners, product expertise and reputation in the market. We are confident that our new product line will add incremental revenues to our operations for the year and be a meaningful contributor to earnings and revenues in the future."
Shandong Greenpia's 2009 sales revenue was approximately $1.5 million which American Lorain is confident to double after the acquisition is complete. American Lorain has tentatively forecasted $3.0 million in sales for 2010 as a result of expanding Greenpia's distribution and sales to 500 additional distributors in Lorain's network. American Lorain will market Greenpia's proprietary brand, "Cai Gen Jie," and also brand several Greenpia products under the Lorain(R) brand. Greenpia's production lines will remain in operation at Greenpia's facilities and thus American Lorain will have a total of two kimchi-style cold dish production lines with annual capacity of 3,500 metric tons.
The acquisition is pending completion of an audit by Shandong Zhonghao United Certified Public Accountants.
About Shandong Greenpia Foodstuff Co., Ltd.
Shandong Greenpia Foodstuff Co., Ltd. is located in Junan, China. The Company began production in September 2005 as a processor and packager of South Korean kimchi and other agricultural products. There is one Japanese and one Korean kimchi production lines with approximately 400 employees that produce annual output of 3500 tons of kimchi and 3,000 tons of chestnut. The Company's products are sold to the northeast of China, Beijing and South China markets including Guangzhou and Shenzhen. The products are also exported to Japan, Korea and Southeast Asia.
About American Lorain Corporation
American Lorain Corporation is a Nevada corporation that develops, manufactures and sells various food products. The Company's products include chestnut products, convenience food products and frozen food products. The Company currently sells over 230 products to 26 provinces and administrative regions in China as well as to 42 foreign countries. The Company operates through its four direct and indirect subsidiaries and one leased factory located in China. For further information about American Lorain Corporation, please visit the Company's website at http://www.americanlorain.com .
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