Cherkizovo Group buys out Belaya Ptitsa’s debt looking to relaunch it in 2019

December 26, 2018

Moscow, Russia – December 25, 2018 – Cherkizovo Group, the largest vertically integrated meat producer in Russia, has acquired Russian Agricultural Bank’s rights to claim a total of RUB 6.5 bn from Belaya Ptitsa Kursk, Belaya Ptitsa Belgorod and Zagorye under their loan and security agreements.

Belaya Ptitsa Kursk is a key asset of the Belaya Ptitsa Group, a chicken meat manufacturer, whose share of the Russian meat market in 2017 stood at 5% in volume terms.

It operates a 120 ktpa integrated production complex for chicken meat, including an incubator, seven growth sites and a poultry-processing plant.

According to Cherkizovo's CEO Sergey Mikhailov, the Group plans to relaunch the production facility in Q1 2019 at a total estimated cost of RUB 0.5 bn, using it in combination with its existing parent stock sites and feed mills to leverage the synergy. He said that the deal would give Cherkizovo access to a broader market for its high-quality products.

Previously, the Group estimated its share of the chicken meat market at 12%. 

Eversheds Sutherland, a global law practice, provided legal support for the transaction, including due diligence and agreement drafting.