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SOURCE Cutrale Group and Safra Group
NEW YORK, Sept. 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Cutrale-Safra today stated that they believe yesterday's communications by Chiquita Brands International, Inc. (NYSE: CQB; "Chiquita") and Fyffes plc ("Fyffes") are further evidence of both Chiquita's fear that its own shareholders prefer the Cutrale-Safra compelling $13 per share cash certain proposal to Chiquita's proposed business combination with Fyffes, and Chiquita's own recognition of the risks inherent in this combination.
Chiquita and Fyffes now want Chiquita shareholders to ignore facts, and instead put their faith in the speculative future performance of Chiquita-Fyffes.
In Cutrale-Safra's view, Chiquita and Fyffes attempt to mislead Chiquita shareholders in several ways:
Simply put, Cutrale-Safra will not pay for speculative future performance.
The choice for Chiquita shareholders is simple. By voting with Cutrale-Safra on the GOLD proxy card, Chiquita shareholders are asking the Chiquita board to pursue a riskless option to explore a $13 per share, all-cash transaction. By voting with the Chiquita board on its proxy card for the Chiquita Fyffes combination, Chiquita shareholders are supporting a transaction that the investment marketplace, after months of publicly available information, has valued at materially less than Chiquita's premerger price of $10.84.
Stef Goodsell / Madisen Obiedo
Kekst and Company
Scott Winter / Arthur Crozier
Innisfree M&A Incorporated
Cavendish Global Limited and Cavendish Acquisition Corporation, which are jointly owned by an affiliate of the Cutrale Group, Burlingtown UK LTD ("Burlingtown"), and an affiliate of the Safra Group, Erichton Investments Ltd. ("Erichton" and, together with Burlingtown and Cavendish, "Cutrale-Safra"), their respective directors, executive officers and certain employees, and Burlingtown and Erichton, may be deemed, under rules of the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"), to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from Chiquita shareholders in connection with Chiquita's Special Meeting of Shareholders. Information about the interests in Chiquita of Cutrale-Safra and their respective directors, executive officers and employees are set forth in a definitive proxy statement that was filed with the SEC on August 28, 2014, as it may be amended from time to time (the "Cutrale-Safra Proxy").
Investors are urged to read the Cutrale-Safra Proxy which is available now, and any other relevant documents filed with the SEC when they become available, because they contain (or will contain) important information. The Cutrale-Safra Proxy, and any other documents filed by Cutrale-Safra with the SEC, may be obtained free of charge at the SEC web site at www.sec.gov. The Cutrale-Safra Proxy and such other documents may also be obtained free of charge by contacting Innisfree at: (212) 750-5833 or 501 Madison Avenue, 20th Floor, New York, New York 10022.
About Cutrale Group
The Cutrale Group refers to the global agribusiness operations owned by the Cutrale family. Entities within the Cutrale Group collectively make up one of the world's most highly regarded agribusiness and juice companies in the world and one of the world's leading orange juice processors for frozen concentrated orange juice and not-from-concentrate fresh juices. The entities within the Cutrale Group together account for over one-third of the $5 billion orange juice market. The global business operations of the entities within the Cutrale Group include oranges, apples, peaches, lemons and soybeans. The operations of the Cutrale Group entities have a vast network and knowhow of farms, processing, technology, sourcing, distribution, logistics, and marketing of juices and fruits.
About Safra Group
The Safra Group refers to an international network of companies, businesses and operations controlled by Joseph Safra. The entities comprising the Safra Group conglomerate collectively have assets under management of over $200 billion and aggregate stockholder equity of approximately $15.3 billion, operate banks and invest in other businesses across North and South America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Throughout these markets, entities within the Safra Group have deep, long-term relationships with major market participants, enabling the Safra Group to greatly enhance the value of the competitive position of the businesses in which any of the entities within the Safra Group invests.
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