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Kernel Purchases Sunflower Seed Crusher in Russia

Kernel Holding S.A. announced that, in line with its acquisition pipeline issued 30 March 2011, the Company acquired a 100% interest in Russian Oils, an oilseed crusher in Russia, for a US$60 million enterprise value and cash consideration in the range of US$15 million.

While the transaction has already been approved by the Antimonopoly Committee of Russia and a share purchase agreement has been executed between the parties, remaining conditions precedent have to be fulfilled and completion of the transaction is expected to take place early September.

The acquisition of Russian Oils provides Kernel with additional sunflower seed crushing capacity in the range of 400 000 tons per year in three production plants, with 1 plant located in the Krasnodar region and 2 plants located in the Stavropol region, south of Russia.

In addition to the crushing capacity, Russian Oils provides the Company with oil refining and bottling capacity in the range of 100 000 tons of oil per year. Altogether, sales of bulk and bottled oil produced at the Russian Oils facilities are expected to contribute EBITDA in the range of US$20 million for the group in FY2012.

Andrey Verevskyy, Chairman of Kernel, stated that the acquisition of Russian Oils is an important new development for Kernel.

While, as originally planned, the size of the acquisition remains relatively small, the Russian Oils crushing plants provide the Company with an opportunity to start operating immediately in Russia on the back of the 2011 sunflower seed harvest, also expected to be a sizable crop, said Verevskyy.

It furthermore offers the Company a long-term opportunity to diversify geographically and to capitalize on the sizable sunflower seed harvest typically produced by Russia, the world’s second largest producer of sunflower seed and third largest exporter of sunflower oil, he added.

According to Verevskyy, the company sees the acquisition as its first steps in Russia, providing it a platform to build up expertise in this new and promising market. With this first acquisition abroad, Kernel looks forward to expand further its operations in Russia and replicate the business model the company has successfully developed in Ukraine, noted Verevskyy.

Kernel Holding S.A. is a leading diversified and integrated agri-business company operating in Ukraine.

With an extensive asset base spanning the production, processing, storage, transshipment and export of agricultural commodities, the Company is a major supplier to the international market of grain and sunflower oil and meal produced in Ukraine and the largest supplier of bottled oil to the Ukrainian market.

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