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Danone to become second-largest shareholder of Mengniu Dairy

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French food company Danone Group has agreed to invest $664 million in Mengniu Dairy Co Ltd, becoming the second-biggest shareholder of the leading Chinese milk producer.

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The deal will increase Danone's stake in Mengniu to 9.9 percent from 4 percent, with the French company purchasing the additional shares for about $5.48 per share, a Mengniu statement said.

Once the deal is completed, State-owned China National Cereals, Oils and Foodstuffs Corporation (COFCO), Danone and Danish dairy group Arla Foods will hold a 16.3 percent, 9.9 percent and 5.3 percent stake in Mengniu respectively, said the statement. The three companies have agreed to combine their shares in a joint venture, COFCO Diary Investment.

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