26 March 2007 20:12 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS news)--New investments have outpaced the number of merger/acquisitions in Brazil’s ethanol sector due mainly to slow decision-making by family-owned groups, consulting firm KPMG said on Monday.
More than 80% of Brazilian ethanol mills are in the hands of family groups, KPMG said.
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The centre-south region accounts for 85% of
KPMG said merger/acquisitions in
Investors considering a merger usually get discouraged by lengthy negotiations involving different family members holding stakes in the same ethanol mill, according to KPMG analyst Andre Castello Branco.
A significant difference in price expectations for the plant also tends to slow down the process, he said, adding that the value of a sugarcane mill can sometimes range from $50/tonne to $100/tonne of capacity.
In addition, many sellers wish to retain control of the business while a majority of buyers wants to have full control of the operation, the consultant said.
While declining to make a projection, Castello Branco said the number of merger/acquisitions in
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