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About Refresco

Refresco is the biggest European bottler of soft drinks and fruit juices for both supermarkets and A-brand manufacturers. With production facilities in the Benelux, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, United Kingdom, Poland and Finland. The company has a turnover of € 1.5 billion, processes of volume of 5 billion liters and employs 3,000 people.

Refresco requirements

Refresco feels consolidation within the sector is necessary to allow customers to benefit from economies of scale and cross-border services. For this reason they consult regularly with competitors. In 2012 concrete merger talks began with Gerber Emig. To steer this complex process, Refresco was looking for a bank that could provide a strategic advisory role.

Relevant factors

Our approach

Thanks to our longstanding relationship with Refresco, including acquisitions and in-depth market and industry knowledge, we were asked to provide a vision for the merger process. By bringing together the right disciplines within the bank, we could quickly offer a clear and coherent viewpoint.

Our solution

The strategy we offered for achieving a successful merger resulted in the assignment to advise Refresco and its shareholders (private equity parties). Close cooperation with Refresco brought the process to a successful conclusion. In addition, ABN AMRO was Mandated Lead Arranger for the related financing.