Minerva Acquires Lord Meat

BRAZIL - One of the market leaders in Brazil in the production and sale of beef products, leather and live cattle, announces to its shareholders and the market in general that it has concluded the negotiations for the acquisition of the beef producer Lord Meat, in the state of Goias.
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The acquisition will be paid by way of meat exports to Russia, without the need for immediate cash payment by Minerva. The acquisition of Lord Meat, which has a 500 head/day slaughtering capacity, initially raises Minerva´s installed capacity by 10%. In six months, with the expansion of the cold chambers, the plant´s slaughtering capacity will increase to 750 head/day, finally reaching 1,500 head/day by mid-2009.

The total forecast investment in the acquisition and expansion plans is estimated at R$60 million. With a strategic location, the state of Goias stands out in the market for having one of Brazil´s largest cattle herds, (approximately 20.5 million heads) having 48% of all confined herds in Brazil, as well as for being a free area for exports to the major Russian and European Union markets.

The acquisition will consolidate Minerva´s position in the state, where it will have two active plants, one in Palmeira de Goias, located to the south, and this in Goianesia, north of the state. Operating in the fresh beef market, Lord Meat has leading-edge equipment in the production, packaging, conservation and sale of its products. The Company´s quality standard is ensured by continuous investments in technology control and processes. The Company management believes that Minerva´s experience, acquired through its long history in the distribution and sale of beef products, added to Lord Meat´s staff competence, will qualify it to expand its business and to optimize previously consolidated operation channels.

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