GROUPE GRIMAUD to transmit HUBBARD to AVIAGEN GROUP

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Left to right: Jan Henriksen, CEO Aviagen Broiler Breeding Group; Frederic Grimaud, CEO of Groupe Grimaud

After 12 years of development in broilers genetics, GROUPE GRIMAUD transmits HUBBARD to AVIAGEN GROUP who will acquire 100% of the company shares.

GROUPE GRIMAUD made the acquisition of HUBBARD from MERIAL in 2005 and then, succeeded in its global footprint development in more than 120 countries, establishing solid positions worldwide through the main subsidiaries in the US, Brazil, France and Poland.

Over the last 5 years, the company has also sped up the development of a unique Premium products’ offer (slower growing broilers) and conquered a strong position on this growing market segment.

With the on-going avian influenza outbreaks, export bans have significantly affected international genetic sales, especially in Asia and Middle East, and put at risk HUBBARD’s development. In this context, GROUPE GRIMAUD seriously considered various consolidation options for the company’s future. AVIAGEN`s purchase proposal has been evaluated as the best one for the future of HUBBARD’s customers and employees, as well as for the global broiler industry.

HUBBARD will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of Aviagen. It will remain an independent broiler breeding company with separate breeding and commercial activities, and will continue to be headquartered in France.

GROUPE GRIMAUD will keep on investing in its future development with more focused and specialized animal genetics and biopharmacy activities.

Frédéric Grimaud declares: “In the circumstances faced by the industry over the past 2 years and which do not give any evidence of abating in the near future, the consolidation of HUBBARD within AVIAGEN GROUP is the best possible scenario for the future of the company, its customers and employees. It has not been an easy decision but we made it carefully and we are certain this constitutes a sound new starting point for Hubbard’s development going forward. It is also an opportunity for us to refocus our business on the other species, as well as to develop our biopharmaceutical activities.”

About GROUPE GRIMAUD
Groupe Grimaud is a primarily family-owned entity, whose registered offices are located in Sèvremoine (49), France. Groupe Grimaud develops businesses in the animal genetics and biopharmacy.
Post divestiture of Hubbard, Groupe Grimaud generates 300 M€ in more than 100 countries through its subsidiaries and shareholdings employing about 1800 employees worldwide.

For more information: www.grimaud.com