Tate & Lyle PLC: Conditional sale of monosodium glutamate unit to Ajinomoto

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Tate & Lyle PLC ("Tate & Lyle") announces that it has today entered into an agreement for the sale of its monosodium glutamate (MSG) production unit in France to Ajinomoto Co., Inc. ("Ajinomoto"). The sale is conditional on approval by the competition authorities of a number of countries. The transaction will be the sale of the shares in Orsan S.A. ("Orsan"), held by Amylum France, a subsidiary of Tate & Lyle. These shares represent 80.39% of the issued capital of Orsan (this percentage will rise to 87.68% by the time of completion due to a pre-completion reorganisation of Orsan). Ajinomoto is the minority shareholder with, currently, 19.61% of the shares in issue (12.32% by the time of completion). Orsan operates the MSG plant adjacent to the Amylum France wheat processing plant in Nesle. The Orsan and Amylum France operations have been fully segregated so Amylum France will not be affected by the sale operationally, although it will continue to provide utilities, feed stock and other services to Ajinomoto under long term agreements. The sale excludes Orsan’s 51% shareholding in Orsan Guangzhou Gourmet Powder Company Limited ("Orsan China") which produces MSG in China. At 31March 2002, Orsan S. A. (excluding Orsan China) had a total net asset value of £42 million and losses before tax attributable to these net assets in the 12 months to 31 March 2002 amounted to £6.5 million. In the six months to 30 September 2002, the business broke even. Proceeds of the sale will be used to reduce Group debt. The anticipated loss on disposal will be £14.5 million (which includes £9.1 million of goodwill previously written off to reserves) Larry Pillard, Tate & Lyle PLC Chief Executive comments: "The disposal is another step in Tate & Lyle's ongoing strategy to divest of non-core or underperforming businesses and product lines."

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Tate & Lyle PLC is a leading global provider of food and beverage ingredients and solutions. Supported by our 160-year history of ingredient innovation, we partner with customers to provide consumers with healthier and tastier choices when they eat and drink. We are proud that millions of people around the world consume products containing our ingredients every day.

Through our expertise in sweetening, mouthfeel and fibre fortification, our Food & Beverage Solutions business develops solutions which reduce sugar, calories and fat, add fibre, and provide texture and stability in categories including beverages, dairy, bakery, soups, sauces and dressings. Our Primary Products business produces nutritive sweeteners, industrial starches used in paper and packaging, acidulants and products used for animal nutrition.

We have around 4,400 employees working in more than 60 locations across 30 countries. Tate & Lyle’s purpose is Improving Lives for Generations and through our purpose we believe we can successfully grow our business and have a positive impact on society. We live our purpose in three ways, by supporting healthy living, building thriving communities and caring for our planet.

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