The Fundación has sold its 13.6% shareholding for NZ$29.3m (US$19.3m), which takes Fonterra’s ownership of Prolesur from 86.2% to 99.9%.
Prolesur is a milk processor in southern Chile that sells most of its production to Soprole. Soprole is a leading consumer branded dairy company in Chile and is 99.9% owned by Fonterra.
Fonterra CEO AMENA Kelvin Wickham said the move will allow Fonterra to simplify the interface between Prolesur and Soprole, and take steps to better integrate the two businesses.
“Prolesur and Soprole are both strong businesses but their recent performance has been impacted by challenging market conditions,” Wickham said.
“Having the two more closely integrated will generate operating efficiencies across the supply chain from milk collection, to processing and administration.
“It also allows us greater flexibility as we focus on realising the best value for the Co-op from our businesses in Chile in line with our new strategy.”
The remaining 0.1% of Prolesur’s shares are held by minority shareholders, which Fonterra will offer to purchase at the same price per share being paid to the Fundación for its shareholding.