Global Agrochemicals Leader UPL Ltd. Names Leadership Teams as Arysta LifeScience Purchase Nears Completion

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MUMBAI, INDIA, Dec. 06, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- via NEWMEDIAWIRE --  Thecompletion of the proposed transaction is subject to obtaining various regulatory approvals and the satisfaction of other customary closing conditions.

On 20 July 2018, UPL, a global agrochemicals solutions provider, had announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary UPL Corp had signed a definitive agreement with Platform Specialty Products Corporation (NYSE:PAH) to acquire Arysta LifeScience Inc. and its subsidiaries (collectively “Arysta”). The vision for New UPL is that it presents a huge opportunity to transform agriculture, enhance the lives of the farmers and grow the world's food supply sustainably. Our new UPL is a game changer, with the ambition to reshape the industry by revolutionizing the agribusiness through innovation to enhance the life of farmers worldwide. The coming together of UPL and Arysta will be transformative not only for growers but will open new opportunities for partners and customers across the entire agriculture and food chain. New UPL will also be a leader in bio-solutions and is committed to achieving sustainable growth for the world.

Envisioned as an agile organization, “New UPL” will leverage the strengths that both UPL and Arysta bring to this entity. The leadership structure is strategically designed to allow for the organization to deliver impact on both short- and long-term horizons. The leadership will continue to focus on being customer centric, leverage its expertise in manufacturing, innovation and strategic partnerships to deliver innovative solutions to farmers to enhance their sustainability and profitability.

The new executive team will be led by  currently the Global CEO of UPL Limited. Jai is a well-recognized global leader in the Agri-Inputs industry with over 30 years of experience in India and internationally. Under Jai’s leadership, UPL has been one of the fastest growing agri-input companies in the world with strong presence in the Seeds, Plant Nutrition, Crop protection and Post-harvest food preservation value chains.

Following is the  that will be reporting to Diego:

Strategically, New UPL structure will be organized in 7 regions, with the following leaders:  ,currently the head of UPL North America, will continue as the head offorNew UPL. ,currently Regional Business Head LATAM in Arysta, will be the Regional Head offorNew UPL. currently head of UPL India, will continue in this role as the Regional Head offor New UPL. currently Head of Asia in Arysta, will become Regional Head offor New UPL. ,who currently leads LATAM North business for UPL, will be theRegional Head forNew UPL. ,currently Head of EMEA in Arysta, will become Regional Head offor New UPL. TheEurope region will also include Turkey, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria. ,currently the head of Southern, Eastern Africa for Arysta, will take on the role of theRegional Head for New UPL. The global  will continue to be led by  and will continue to report to Carlos Pellicer.

Speaking of the new team, Jai Shroff Group CEO said, "This is the leadership team that will be working closely, to take New UPL to the next level. We are creating the 'new leader' in our space. A company ready to challenge the established order and play a dynamic role in transforming agriculture globally. We have great talent to draw on in New UPL and these new leaders that we are announcing today will push us even beyond our goals. Together with our powerful New UPL team worldwide, we will drive a new era of sustainable growth."

The appointments will be effective only with the closing of the merger. Until that date, both companies will continue to operate under their current structures.

UPL Limited is one of the leading global crop protection products companies headquartered in India. UPL Limited stock is publicly traded on the Bombay Stock Exchange and the National Stock Exchange of India. Its current market capitalization is ~US$5.3 billion, as of October 31, 2018. For FY 2018, UPL Limited reported operating revenue of c.US$2.7 billion and EBITDA of US$543 million. UPL Corp is an operating company that leads the international operations of UPL Limited across the world. Since its inception in 1993, UPL Corp has expanded its production and distribution footprint through its subsidiaries internationally and now has a diversified crop protection and post-harvest solution business with an established presence and leading market position in major agricultural regions throughout the world.

Following the acquisition, UPL will enhance its position as a global leader in agriculture solutions:

•       US$5 billion in combined sales

•       US$1 billion EBITDA: 20%+ EBITDA margin pre-synergies

Transaction provides a compelling value proposition and underscores UPL’s “Farmer First” mission to continue the transformation of UPL into a leading crop solutions company:

•       A “perfect match" with powerful synergies across geographies, crops and products, strengthened through best-in-class manufacturing and differentiated R&D capabilities

•       Brings together two winning teams with strong values and successful track records

UPL Limited today announced the new leadership appointments for the consolidated organization. The appointments will be effective upon the completion of the proposed transaction, which is expected early 2019. The completion of the proposed transaction is subject to obtaining regulatory approvals and the satisfaction of other customary closing conditions.

Melissa Depro
Office – 610-491-2858;  Cell – 610-608-5672
melissa.depro@uniphos.com

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Globe Newswire: 20:36 GMT Thursday 6th December 2018

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