VILMORIN & CIE : VILMORIN & CIE : Acquisition of Link Seed. Field Seeds. South Africa

VILMORIN & CIE : VILMORIN & CIE : Acquisition of Link Seed. Field Seeds. South
                                    Africa

Public limited company with Board of Directors, with a capital of
262576040.25 Euros.
Head Office: 4, Quai de la Mégisserie - F-75001 PARIS
SIREN Paris 377 913728
Fiscal year from July 1^st to June 30^th
NYSE Euronext Paris (Compartment A) - Eligible for Deferred Settlement Order

                                                               January 8, 2013

ACQUISITION OF LINK SEED. FIELD SEEDS. SOUTH AFRICA

VILMORIN PURSUES ITS DEPLOYMENT ON THE WORLD MARKET FOR CORN BY SETTING UP
BUSINESS IN AFRICA, IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE FOURTH LARGEST SOUTH AFRICAN SEEDS
PRODUCER.

After Brazil, China and India, Vilmorin has just passed a new milestone in the
internationalization of  its corn  activities by  acquiring the  company  Link 
Seed, based in Greytown (State of KwaZulu-Natal), South Africa.
This majority stake of 80% of the company's capital stock will enable Vilmorin
to take up a lasting position  on a promising future market where  genetically 
modified seeds have already been very widely adopted by farmers. On the  basis 
of this  opportunity,  Link  Seed  represents  a  top  rate  partner  offering 
expertise on the local market, and highly specific genetic resources (corn and
soybean). A quality research program and a well-implanted distribution network
are also examples  of the  benefits of this  family company  with sales  which 
should be close to ten million  Euros in 2013, representing an estimated  corn 
market share of 6%.
Moreover, Link Seed will be a key component of the development platform which,
in the medium term, will be aiming  at the emerging markets of South and  East 
Africa.

COMING DISCLOSURES 2012-2013 (at the end of trading on the Paris stock market)

Tuesday February 5, 2013: sales at the end of the first semester

Tuesday February 19, 2013: results at the end of the first semester

Monday April 29, 2013: sales at the end of the third quarter

Wednesday July 31, 2013: sales for the year

As the world's fourth largest seed company, Vilmorin develops vegetable and
field seeds with high added value, to better meet global food requirements.
True to its vision of sustainable development, Vilmorin relies on ongoing
investments in research and international growth to strengthen its market
shares. An ambition that is driven by its corporate culture which is based on
the sharing of knowledge, quality of life and respect for the needs of
mankind.

 For any further information, please contact:

Daniel   Jacquemond    Claire 
Planche
Chief   Financial   Officer     
Financial Communication and Investor
daniel.jacquemond@vilmorin.info       Relations 
Officer

claire.planche@vilmorin.info


    Tel: + 33 (0)4 73 63 44 85 Fax: + 33 (0)4 73 63 41 80

Website: www.vilmorin.info

Acquisition of Link Seed. Field Seeds. South Africa

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