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Chiquita rejects new $611 million takeover bid

Published August 14, 2014 5:13 pm

Mergers • Banana distributor rejects Safra Group, focusing on deal with Fyffes of Ireland.
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Banana distributor Chiquita Brands says it is rejecting the $611 million buyout offer from investment firm Safra Group and the Brazilian agribusiness and juice company Cutrale Group.

Chiquita says the offer made Monday is not in the best interest of shareholders. Instead, it will focus on a combination with Fyffes of Ireland. The two companies agreed in March to merge in a stock-for-stock deal to create the world's biggest banana supplier.

Chiquita said Thursday that the Fyffes combination will create a more competitive company.

If a transaction were to occur between Chiquita and Fyffes, Chiquita's headquarters would move from Charlotte, North Carolina, to Dublin, a more tax-efficient corporate base.

Chiquita shares fell a penny to $13.50 in aftermarket trading.