Saudi Savola Sells Kazakhstan Edible Oil Unit For $28.5m

Savola said it has made a capital gain of SAR17 million from the sale.

Saudi Arabia’s Savola Group has sold its loss-making Kazakhstan edible oil business to a Russian company for SAR107 million ($28.5 million), the Riyadh-listed food producer said in a bourse filing on Sunday.

Savola, which last month reported a 43 per cent rise in first-quarter net profit, has made a capital gain of SAR17 million from the sale, according to the statement, which did not identify the acquiring company.

The Kazakhstan unit made a loss of SAR1.8 million in 2013 and its sale was part of a wider strategy to offload underperforming businesses, Savola said.

The Saudi firm is a major producer of cooking oil, sugar and other foodstuffs.

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