CHICAGO — Archer Daniels Midland Co. has agreed to sell its sugarcane ethanol operations in Limeira do Oeste, in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais, to JFLim Participações S.A., a holding company focused on cane, sugar and ethanol. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
The transaction includes a sugarcane plantation and an ethanol distillery, which is capable of crushing up to 1.5 million tons of sugarcane and producing 37,000 gallons of ethanol per year. About 650 employees work in the plantation and plant, according to ADM.
“We regularly review our asset portfolio to determine how best to maximize shareholder returns, and in this case, we have determined that our sugarcane ethanol operations in Brazil are unlikely to meet our long-term returns objectives,” said Chris Cuddy, president of ADM’s corn processing business unit. “As our sole sugarcane ethanol operation in Brazil, this asset is too small for ADM to compete effectively in a challenging ethanol environment.
“ADM is continuing to invest in Brazil, which is a major center for our global operations. Brazil is one of the world’s most important producers of agricultural products and will be critical to feeding a growing global population in the coming years. We look forward to continuing to partner with Brazilian farmers to feed the world together.”
ADM is one of the largest agribusiness companies operating in Brazil. The company has approximately 3,900 employees, and it processes soybeans in five facilities and sunflower at another. ADM also markets the bottled oil brands Concórdia, Corcovado and Vitaliv, and operates the largest biodiesel plant in Brazil and more than 40 elevators across the country.ADM is a joint owner of an export terminal in Barcarena and has a concession to operate a terminal at the Port of Santos. ADM also is building a soy protein production complex next to the company’s existing soybean plant in Campo Grande, Mato Grosso do Sul.