Today we issued an updated, 44-page Executive Informational Overview® (EIO®) on Laep Investments Ltd. Laep’s Brazilian depositary receipts (BDRs) are traded on the São Paulo Stock Exchange (Bovespa) under the ticker “MILK11.” As well, the Company is listed on the Euro MTF market of the Luxembourg Stock Exchange.
Laep seeks to acquire and develop private equity investments. Primarily, the Company seeks opportunities in Brazil, which is currently ranked as one of the most attractive emerging markets for investors. While primarily focusing on assets that are distressed or that operate in unconsolidated industries, Laep also targets companies that it believes are in solid financial standing, provide a competitive advantage, and are synergistic with its existing portfolio. Laep assumes an active role in the corporate governance of its investments, seeking to increase their value by enforcing strict management and restructuring companies before ultimately divesting them.
Laep has acquired a widely known Brazilian dairy company—Parmalat Brasil S.A. Indústria de Alimentos—in addition to several other Brazilian dairy companies. In line with a goal of consolidating the Brazilian dairy industry and following a corporate restructuring and debt realignment strategy, Laep has entered into a joint venture with Monticiano Participações S.A., of which Laep holds a 60% minority interest. In late 2010, Monticiano entered into an agreement to acquire its largest competitor and form a new subsidiary called Lacteos Brasil S.A. (“LBR”). Laep believes that LBR’s diverse product portfolio of national and regional dairy brands, combined with its wide geographic presence, could enable it to emerge as an industry leader.