Arca, Grupo Continental Reach Agreement to Merge

Embotelladoras Arca SAB, Mexico’s second-largest Coca-Cola bottler, agreed to merge with Grupo Continental SAB in a 27.7 billion peso ($2.3 billion) stock transaction.

Arca will issue 468.8 million new shares, for an exchange to Grupo Continental stockholders at a rate of 0.625 for each current Grupo Continental share, the companies said today in a statement. The new company, called Arca Continental, will trade on the Mexican stock exchange, they said.

The combined company will have soft-drink sales of more than 1.2 billion unit cases, according to the statement. The companies said they expect the merger to be completed in the second quarter, pending regulatory approval.

The transaction value is based on today’s closing price for Monterrey-based Arca, which rose 1 centavo to 59.06 pesos in Mexico City trading. Grupo Continental, a bottler based in Tampico, Mexico, and known as Contal, gained 70 centavos to 37.70 pesos.

HSBC Holdings Plc advised Contal and Arca’s financial adviser was Estructura Partners.

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